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Conversation: 462-002

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Start Date: Friday, March 5, 1971 1:00 PM

End Date: Friday, March 5, 1971 1:30 PM

Participants:

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

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:03:07

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:32:57

462-002.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 5, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Henry A. Kissinger, and unknown person(s) met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 462-002 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 462-2

Date: March 5, 1971
Time: Unknown between 8:00 am and 8:30 am
Location: Oval Office

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

     President’s schedule
          -Senior staff meeting
                -Haldeman
                -President’s participation
          -George P. Shultz’s meeting
          -Senior staff meeting
          -Rochester trip
                -Cancellation
                      -Reason
                           -Demonstrations
                      -Network coverage
                           -Reason

     President’s March 4, 1971 press conference
          -Response
                -Compared to period after President’s Cambodia speech
                -[Name unintelligible]
                     -Cancellation of Rochester trip
          -Ronald L. Ziegler
          -Raymond K. Price, Jr.
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          -Herbert G. Klein
          -President’s statement to television audience
                -Effectiveness
          -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew’s statement about the press
          -Martin Schram’s question
          -President’s responses to questions
                -Haldeman’s view
          -Effectiveness                                             Conv. No. 462-2 (cont.)

     Nelson A. Rockefeller
          -Forthcoming meeting with the President
               -Previous telephone call

     President’s March 4, 1971 press conference
          -Rockefeller, William S. Paley, Michael Coles
          -Charles W. Colson’s staff calls
                -Results
          -Press reports
                -President’s answers to questions on Laos (Lam Son)
                      -Compared with Cambodia
                      -Effectiveness
          -Statements about the press
                -Compared with Agnew’s comments
                -Benefit of television
                -President’s responses
                -Public opinion
                -Cambodia, Laos
                -Agnew’s previous statements
                -Effect of press reports
          -Vietnam answer
                -Admiral Thomas H. Moorer
                -Military action
                -Response
                -Statistics
                -William P. Rogers
                -Response
          -William H. Carruthers
          -President’s makeup

[The President talked with Henry A. Kissinger between 8:07 am and 8:08 am]

[Conversation No. 462-2A]
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     Kissinger’s location

     Return call

     President’s meeting with Haldeman

[End of telephone conversation]                                  Conv. No. 462-2 (cont.)

     The President’s schedule
          -Staff meeting

     President’s March 4, 1971 press conference
          -Vietnamization answer
                -Effectiveness
                      -Army of the Republic of Vietnam [ARVN]
                      -President’s position
          -Carruthers’ view
          -Jo Anne (Horton) Haldeman’s view
                -Cambodia answer
                      -Length
          -Number of questions
                -J. A. Haldeman’s view
                      -The President’s response to questions
                            -Length of responses
          -Cambodia answer
          -Ziegler’s press briefing
          -President’s statement to television audience
          -Future press conferences

An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 8:08 am

     President’s schedule

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 8:30 am

          -Staff meeting
                -Topics
          -Haldeman’s senior staff meeting
          -Quadriad meeting
          -Haldeman’s senior staff meeting
                -Shultz
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          -John D. Ehrlichman
          -Kissinger
          -Clark MacGregor
          -Peter G. Peterson
     -Kissinger
          -Forthcoming meeting with the President
                -Effect on Haldeman’s schedule
                                                                  Conv. No. 462-2 (cont.)
President’s March 4, 1971 press conference
     -Calls by Cabinet officers
           -James D. Hodgson
           -Wives’ responses
           -Rogers
     -Women’s response
     -Question on Rogers and Kissinger
           -President’s response
           -President’s view
           -White House staff views

President’s press contacts
     -”Today Show” appearance
           -Barbara Walters
           -Time slot
     -Possible television special with Thelma C. (Ryan) (“Pat”) Nixon
           -Walters
           -Timing
     -Possible meeting with women’s press
     -William P. Clements, Jr.’s previous conversation with the President
           -The President’s previous television appearance
                 -Mrs. Nixon
     -Possible television special
           -Role of women
           -Format
           -Walters
                 -Possible questions
     -Richard (“Dick”) Wilson
     -Rowland Evans
     -Office press conferences
           -Ziegler’s expectations
     -Conversations
           -President’s image
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                                     Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 9/08)



     President’s March 4, 1971 press conference
          -Carruthers’ view
                -Compared with December 8, 1970 press conference
          -Pace
          -Subjects
                -Laos, Vietnam
                -Public’s view of foreign affairs
                      -Disarmament                                 Conv. No. 462-2 (cont.)
                      -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                           -President’s knowledge
          -Lucian C. (“Lou”) Warren’s question
                -Follow-up questions
                -Bombing
                -President’s response
          -Follow-up questions
                -PRC
                -Charles W. (“Chuck”) Bailey, II
                -Herbert E. Kaplow
          -Carruthers’ view
          -Public response
                -Opinion on Laos
                      -Haldeman’s view
                -Forthcoming administration poll
                      -Possible results
                      -Methodology

[Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 8:08 am and 8:30 am]

[Conversation No. 462-2B]

     Administration poll results
         -[Forename unknown] Andrews

[End of telephone conversation]

     President’s March 4, 1971 press conference
          -Calls to the President
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 53s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1                                            Conv. No. 462-2 (cont.)

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An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 8:08 am

     Unknown man’s schedule

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 8:30 am

     Administration poll results
         -Telephone calls
         -Methodology
         -President’s March 4, 1971 press conference
               -Operation
               -Results
                     -Percentage of households who viewed press conference
                     -President’s performance
                     -Laos (Lam Son)
                           -Compared with George H. Gallup poll

     President’s schedule
          -Possible television special on women
                -Walters
                -Nancy (Hanschman) Dickerson
                -Type of interview needed

[The President talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 8:08 am and 8:30
am]

[Conversation No. 462-2C]

     President’s schedule
          -Kissinger
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[End of telephone conversation]

          -Meeting with Rockefeller and Ehrlichman
              -Revenue sharing
              -Other participants
                    -Congressman
                                                               Conv. No. 462-2 (cont.)
Haldeman left at an unknown time before 8:30 am