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Start Date: Thursday, July 22, 1971 5:06 PM

End Date: Thursday, July 22, 1971 5:44 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:00:35

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:37:26

266a.mp3

266b.mp3

NARA Description:

On July 22, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, and unknown person(s) met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building at an unknown time between 1:06 pm and 1:44 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 266-001 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 266-1

Date: July 22, 1971
Time: Unknown between 1:06 pm and 1:44 pm
Location: Old Executive Office Building

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman; this recording begins at an unknown time
while the meeting is in progress.

     [Unintelligible]

     Poll
            -Capability of handling foreign relations with People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                 -The President
                 -J. William Fulbright
                 -Hubert H. Humphrey
                 -Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy
                 -Henry A. Kissinger
                 -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield
                 -Edmund S. Muskie
                 -William P. Rogers
                 -Ratings analyzed
            -Two China policy
                 -PRC
                 -Taiwan, Republic of China [ROC]
                 -United Nations membership
                 -Effect on the Vietnam war
            -The President
                 -Political leanings
                 -Rating on handling of job
                       -The Nixon-Cox wedding and the Pentagon Papers case, June 1971
                       -Comparison to President Lyndon B. Johnson
                       -US-Union Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] summit at Glassboro, New
                              Jersey
                       -Timing of poll
                       -Factors affecting approval
                              -PRC initiative
                              -Vietnam

     [Unintelligible - tape malfunction]

                        -Donald H. Rumsfeld
                        -Effect of economic factors on approval rating
                             -Johnson
                                               2

                             Nixon Presidential Materials Staff

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 6/98)

                     -PRC initiative
                     -White House staff
                     -World peace
                     -Awareness
                     -Lt. William L. Calley, Jr. court martial

     [Pause]

                     -Appeal to youth
                          -Rumsfeld, Robert H. Finch
                     -Pentagon Papers case
                     -Gallup Poll
                          -Compared to the President’s poll

Haldeman talked to an unknown person at an unknown time after 1:06 pm.

[Conversation No. 266-1]

     Request for Gallup Poll results

[End of telephone conversation]

                -Factors affecting ratings
                     -Louis Harris polling theory
                            -The economy
                     -Vietnam War
                     -The economy
                     -Awareness
                            -The economy
                            -PRC initiative
                     -John Kenneth Galbraith’s and others statements
                     -Kennedy

     Finch
          -The Vice Presidency
               -Elliot L. Richardson
                     -Spiro T. Agnew
                     -The Republican Party
               -The Cabinet
          -Forthcoming conversation with John N. Mitchell
          -Offer of Office of Emergency Preparedness [OEP]
          -Departure from Washington, DC area
               -Eldest son
          -Mexico [Ambassadorship]
                                               3

                              Nixon Presidential Materials Staff

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                           (rev. 6/98)

           -Appearances on television
           -Future

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3                                            Conv. No. 266-1 (cont.)
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 1m 11s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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    [Unintelligible - tape malfunction]

    Poll
           -PRC initiative
               -Harris poll

    Personnel
         -Finch
              -OEP
              -Mexico, campaign
              -Retention in the Cabinet
              -National Security Council [NSC]
         -Rumsfeld
              -Reaction to the PRC initiative and the President's July 6, 1971 Kansas City
                    speech
              -North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO]
              -State Department
              -John N. Irwin, II
                    -Special Trade Representative
                    -Rogers


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Privacy]
[Duration: 23s ]
                                                4

                              Nixon Presidential Materials Staff

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 6/98)

END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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                 -NSC staff
                      -Latin American                                Conv. No. 266-1 (cont.)
                 -White House staff
                 -OEP
                      -Finch
                            -California politics
                            -Intergovernmental relations
                            -Manager
                 -NATO
            -[Surname unknown]
                 -Speeches
            -Rogers

     Poll
            -Leadership
                 -Rogers
                 -Fulbright, Humphrey, Mansfield, Kissinger, Kennedy, Muskie

     Schedule
          -Rogers, Kissinger, Melvin R. Laird

     Issues
          -Effect of the PRC initiative

Haldeman left at 1:44 pm.