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Start Date: Friday, February 26, 1971 6:26 PM

End Date: Friday, February 26, 1971 7:20 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Butterfield, Alexander P.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Bull, Stephen B.[Unknown person(s)]Chapin, Dwight L.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 01:08:04

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:06:04

460-017.mp3

NARA Description:

On February 26, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Alexander P. Butterfield, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Stephen B. Bull, unknown person(s), and Dwight L. Chapin met in the Oval Office of the White House from 1:26 pm to 2:20 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 460-017 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 460-17

Date: February 26, 1971
Time: 1:26 pm - 2:20 pm
Location: Oval Office

Alexander P. Butterfield met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
                                                                   Conv. No. 460-17 (cont.)
     Schedule
          -Open Hour
               -Delays
               -Participants

The President entered at an unknown time after 1:26 pm

     The President’s schedule
          -Frank J. Shakespeare
               -Report to the President
                      -Yugoslavia
                      -Saudi Arabia


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     SAUDI ARABIA


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                    -Egypt
                          -Shakespeare’s meeting with Egyptian publishers
               -Possible meeting with the President
                    -Timing
          -Henry Brandon
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           -Shakespeare
                -Dwight L. Chapin
                -Possible conversation with President
                     -Ambassadorship
                           -Peter M. Flanigan

           -Open Door Hour
                                                                   Conv. No. 460-17 (cont.)
Butterfield left at 1:30 pm

           -Camp David
           -Thelma C. (Ryan) (“Pat”) Nixon’s trip to New York
           -John B. and Idanell (Brill) (“Nellie”) Connally

Butterfield entered at 1:31 pm

           -Camp David
               -The Connallys
               -Arrangements
               -Accommodations

Butterfield left at 1:35 pm

     George H. W. Bush
          -White House ceremony

     Wilbur D. Mills
          -Breakfast meeting with the President

     White House ceremonies
          -Bush
          -Lyndon B. Johnson
               -Need for ceremony
          -Mills
          -Bush

     Portraits of John Quincy and Louisa C. (Johnson) Adams
           -Press accounts
                 -The Johnsons
                 -The Kennedys
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             -Mrs. Nixon
                   -Dolley P. T. Madison
         -Book to Rose Mary Woods and Marjorie P. Acker

    Media
        -Mark I. Goode
              -Tricia Nixon
                    -Previous talk at the John F. Kennedy Center for the
                                                                      Conv.
                                                                         Performing
                                                                            No. 460-17
                                                                                    Arts(cont.)
              -Assistance
                    -Mrs. Nixon
                    -T. Nixon
              -Efforts
        -Al Scott
        -William H. Carruthers
        -Goode
              -Efforts


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    MIDDLE EAST


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    Bryce N. Harlow
         -Haldeman’s previous conversation with Harlow
         -Contact with the Vice President
               -Tennis
         -Attendance at Gridiron Dinner
               -The Vice President
         -Position of Vice President
         -Role of Vice President
               -Intergovernmental relations
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     The President’s schedule
          -William P. Rogers
          -General Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
                -Henry A. Kissinger
                -Middle East
                      -Charles W. Yost
                                                               Conv. No. 460-17 (cont.)
Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 12:35 pm

          -Kissinger
          -Rogers
               -Timing

Bull left at an unknown time before 2:20 pm

     Harlow
          -Agriculture
               -Hyde Murray
                     -Possible position
               -Robert J. Dole
          -Forthcoming Presidential trip to Iowa
               -Murray
                     -Clifford M. Hardin
                     -Conversation with the President
                     -Page Belcher
                     -Gerald R. Ford’s view
               -Attendees
               -Murray

     The President’s schedule

     Louis Harris poll
          -Congressional effectiveness
          -The President’s relationship with Congress
          -Questions
               -Results
          -Congressional reputation
               -Pollution
               -Cigarette advertisements
               -Federal aid to education
               -Vote for eighteen-year-olds
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               -Supersonic Transport [SST] subsidy
               -Antiballistic Missile [ABM] treaty
               -Anti-crime efforts
               -Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr. nomination
               -G. Harrold Carswell nomination
               -Hospitalization
               -Welfare reform
               -Social Security                                Conv. No. 460-17 (cont.)
               -Revenue sharing
          -Trends

Bull entered at an unknown time after 1:35 pm

     Schedule

Bull left at an unknown time before 2:20 pm

     State of the World message
           -Media
                 -Kissinger
                 -New York Times
                 -Television
                 -Length
                 -New York Times
                 -Length
                      -William L. Safire
                      -Kissinger
                      -Rogers
                      -Melvin R. Laird
           -Radio

     Media
         -Radio compared to television
         -Press conferences
         -Benefits of radio
              -Use by Administration
                    -Health message
                    -Revenue sharing
                    -Environment
                    -Health care
                    -Minorities
                    -Youth
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                     -Methods

     Media techniques
         -Television
               -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins
               -Still photography
               -Goode
               -Bull                                               Conv. No. 460-17 (cont.)
         -Length of television film
         -Speeches
               -Brevity
                      -[Thomas] Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars speech
                      -Ziegler
                      -Safire
               -Rogers
               -Kissinger
               -Television
               -State of the World speech
                      -Radio
               -Television appearances
                      -Rogers’ view
               -The President’s position
                      -Radio speech
               -Safire

     George H. Gallup poll
         -Results
               -Timing of release

[Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 1:35 pm and 2:20 pm]

[Conversation No. 460-17A]

     Request for Chapin to join them

[End of telephone conversation]

Chapin entered at an unknown time after 1:35 pm

     Gallup poll
          -Results
                -Timing of release
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Chapin left at an unknown time before 2:20 pm

            -Interpretation
            -Massachusetts
                  -Cambodia
            -Harris poll
                  -Field poll                                         Conv. No. 460-17 (cont.)
                  -Charles W. Colson
                  -Washington Post
                        -Edmund S. Muskie compared with the President
                        -John D. Ehrlichman
            -Vietnam
            -Economy

     Haig
            -Kissinger

     Donald H. Rumsfeld
         -Colson
         -Harlow’s view
               -Intergovernmental relations
                     -The Vice President
         -Interests


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     MIDDLE EAST


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Haldeman left at 2:20 pm
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