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Start Date: Tuesday, February 23, 1971 9:12 PM

End Date: Tuesday, February 23, 1971 11:18 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]Dent, Harry S.Finch, Robert H.Butterfield, Alexander P.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 03:37:36

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 05:25:10

456-022.mp3

NARA Description:

On February 23, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), Harry S. Dent, Robert H. Finch, and Alexander P. Butterfield met in the Oval Office of the White House from 4:12 pm to 6:18 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 456-022 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 456-22

Date: February 23, 1971
Time: 4:12 pm - 6:18 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman

     Governors’ conference
         -President’s appearance
         -Use of forums
               -Role
               -John B. Connally’s role
                     -John D. Ehrlichman
         -Former Governors’ Committee

     State of the World message
           -William L. Safire’s role
           -Melvin R. Laird’s role
           -Henry A. Kissinger
                 -Press report
                       -Leak
                 -William P. Rogers
                 -Haldeman’s conversation with Kissinger
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                    -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
                          -News story
              -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
              -SALT
                    -United States’ letter
                          -Leonid I. Brezhnev
                          -Andrei A. Gromyko
                          -Kissinger’s role
         -Length
         -SALT story
              -Impact
              -Tactics
         -Kissinger
              -Workload


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
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[Duration: 3m 58s ]


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    Press coverage of the President
          -Press conference
               -Topics
                     -Foreign policy
                     -Domestic policy
               -Length
               -Efficacy
               -Timing
               -Length
                     -1962 campaign
                          -Edmund G. (“Pat”) Brown

    The President’s schedule
         -Camp David
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     -Connally
     -Rogers
     -Laird
     -Admiral Thomas H. Moorer
     -President’s forthcoming press conference
     -National Security Council [NSC] meetings
           -Kissinger
           -Rogers                                           Conv. No. 456-22 (cont.)

Arthur F. Burns
     -Revenue sharing
     -Daniel P. (“Pat”) Moynihan

The President’s meeting with Science Advisory Committee
     -Results
          -Dr. Edward E. David, Jr.
          -Participants
          -Congressmen

Schedule
     -Press coverage
     -Connally
     -The Vice President
     -The President’s previous meeting with North Dakota Congressmen
          -Results
          -Effect of Air Force One use
                -Grand Forks trip
                -Rationale
     -National Security Study Memoranda [NSSMs]
          -Haldeman coordination

Fifty-two foreign service officers who signed Cambodian letter
      -U. Alexis Johnson
      -Results
           -Resignations
           -Assignments
                 -Vietnam
                       -Civil Operations Revolutionary Development Support [CORDS]
                 -Ellsworth F. Bunker
      -Johnson’s view
           -Promotion recommendations
           -President’s view
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    Admiral Raymond A. Spruance
        -Philippines
        -Edward G. Lansdale
        -Charles Bohanan [sp?]
        -Unknown man

                                                          Conv. No. 456-22 (cont.)
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
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    Polls
            -Vietnam
            -Prisoners of War [POWs]
                  -Rescue raids
                  -Cease-fire
                  -Prisoner exchanges

    Dwight D. Eisenhower’s stag dinners and lunches
        -Number by year
              -Attendance
        -Compared with the President’s social functions
              -Attendance
                   -Heads of State
                        -Prime Minister of Ireland
        -R. Anthony Eden [Earl of Avon]

    The President’s schedule
         -Rural Development Council
               -Meeting with press
               -Remarks by President
         -Clifford M. Hardin
               -Edwin L. Harper
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                      -Briefing
          -Meeting with editors
                -Press plan
                      -Cabinet officers
                      -President
          -Robert D. Ray
          -Richard B. Ogilvie
          -Warren E. Hearnes                                       Conv. No. 456-22 (cont.)
          -Patrick J. Lucey
          -Mechanics of arrivals
                -Air Force One
                      -Senators and Congressmen
                -Public relations
          -Rochester trip
                -Nelson A. Rockefeller
                -John N. Mitchell
                -Itinerary
          -Davis-Bacon Act
                -Charles W. Colson
          -Swearing-in of Thomas S. Kleppe
          -Civil rights leaders’ meeting with the President
                -Ehrlichman
                -George W. Romney
                -Roy Wilkins
                -Dorothy Height
                -Whitney M. Young, Jr.
                -Robert J. Blackwell
                -Berkeley G. Burrell
                -Value

     Kissinger
          -Role in foreign relations
                -Rogers
                -Dobrynin
          -President’s possible conversation with Kissinger
          -Rogers
          -Laird
          -Compared to Burns
          -Compared to Leonard Garment

[The President talked to an unknown person at an unknown time between 4:12 pm and 5:51 pm]
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[Conversation No. 456-22C]

     Request for Harry S. Dent
         -Location

[End of telephone conversation]

     The President’s schedule                                       Conv. No. 456-22 (cont.)
          -Leslie T. (“Bob”) Hope
                -Accommodations
          -Herbert J. (“Jackie”) Gleason
                -Blair House

[Haldeman talked with an unknown person in Robert H. Finch’s office at an unknown time
between 4:12 pm and 5:51 pm]

[Conversation No. 456-22A]

     Invitation for Finch to meet with the President

[End of telephone conversation]

     Old Executive Office Building office
          -Finch
          -Rogers’ office
          -Space
          -The President’s offices
          -Roosevelt Room
          -Cabinet Room

     Kissinger
          -Rogers

Dent entered at an unknown time after 4:12 pm


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 24m 15s ]
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END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6

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Dent left and Finch entered at 5:51 pm

     Hope                                                            Conv. No. 456-22 (cont.)

     William J. Casey appointment

[The President talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 5:51 pm and 5:52
pm]

[Conversation No. 456-22D]

     General Alexander M. Haig, Jr.


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 11
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 8s ]


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[End of telephone conversation]

     The President’s schedule
          -Kissinger
          -Safire

[Haldeman talked with an unknown person at 5:52 pm; the President and Finch can be heard in
the background]

[Conversation No. 456-22B]
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     Status of Casey appointment

[End of telephone conversation]

     Casey appointment


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                                                          Conv. No. 456-22 (cont.)

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[Duration: 4m 1s ]


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     Milk Fund
          -Milk money
               -Distribution


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 5s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 7m 53s ]
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END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9

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     The President’s activities
          -Public relations                                        Conv. No. 456-22 (cont.)
               -Bryce N. Harlow
                      -Congressional action
                      -Reaction time to administration action
               -Health program
                      -The Vice President

     Old Executive Office Building office
          -Office locations
          -Receptions
          -Secretary

     Connally
         -Efforts
         -Attendance at White House dinners
         -Health
         -Schedule

     The President’s schedule
          -Camp David

Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 6:05 pm

           -Church service
           -Meeting with Kissinger

Butterfield left at 6:09 pm

           -Connally’s schedule
               -Idanell (Brill) (“Nellie”) Connally

     Finch’s schedule
          -Trip to Europe
                -Timing
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Haldeman and Finch left at 6:18 pm