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Start Date: Tuesday, March 16, 1971 3:02 PM

End Date: Tuesday, March 16, 1971 3:31 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Ziegler, Ronald L.Butterfield, Alexander P.Nixon, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan)[Unknown person(s)]

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:41:50

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:10:47

468-007.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 16, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Ronald L. Ziegler, Alexander P. Butterfield, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan) Nixon, and unknown person(s) met in the Oval Office of the White House from 10:02 am to 10:31 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 468-007 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 468-7

Date: March 16, 1971
Time: 10:02 am - 10:31 am
Location: Oval Office

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

     President’s schedule
          -John B. Connally
          -Robert J. Dole
                -Time
          -John D. Ehrlichman and George P. Shultz
                -Possible meeting with the President
                -Previous meeting with the President
          -Connally

Ronald L. Ziegler entered at 10:04 am

     Vietnam
          -Troop withdrawals
               -Briefing by Department of Defense [DOD]

Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 10:04 am
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     President’s schedule
          -Connally
                -Time
                -Cabinet meeting
          -Dole
          -Connally
                                                                    Conv. No. 468-6 (cont.)
Butterfield left at 10:04 am

     Vietnam
          -Troop withdrawals
               -Briefing by DOD
                     -Melvin R. Laird
                           -Possible statement
                     -Henry A. Kissinger
                     -President’s previous statements
               -Forthcoming Presidential statement

Ziegler left at 10:06 am

     President’s schedule
          -Robert H. Finch
                -Youth
          -Priorities
          -Connally
          -Dole
          -Connally
                -Call
          -Dole
                -Cabinet meeting
          -Connally and Dole
                -Priorities

Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 10:06 am

           -Connally
               -Schedule
                     -Rolls-Royce meeting
               -Time of meeting

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 10:27 am
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                                      Tape Subject Log
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                -Schedule
          -Dole
                -Other attendees
          -Connally
                -Time
          -Ehrlichman and Shultz
          -Dole                                                  Conv. No. 468-7 (cont.)
          -A delayed meeting


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
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[Duration: 26s ]


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     Haldeman’s conversation with William F. (“Billy”) Graham
          -Graham’s schedule
               -Lexington, Kentucky
               -Lyndon B. Johnson Library dedication
          -Johnson’s health
               -Funeral

Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 10:06 am

     President’s schedule
          -Connally
          -Dole

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 10:27 am

                -Length of meeting
                -Time
          -Ehrlichman and Shultz
          -Dole
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                                     Tape Subject Log
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 5s ]
                                                                 Conv. No. 468-7 (cont.)

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    Stock market
         -March 16, 1971 Dow-Jones average

    Haldeman’s White House staff meetings
         -President’s image
               -Connally’s suggestion

    Public relations
         -The President’s image
                -Coverage
                -Need for White House effort
         -President’s accomplishments
                -Domestic policy
                -Foreign affairs
                     -Cambodia
                     -Laos
                     -November 3, 1969
         -President’s opponents
                -Current situation
                -Possible White House action
                     -Laos
                     -Timing
                            -Cambodia and Laos
                            -President’s forthcoming statement
                            -Summer 1971
                -Stewart J. O. Alsop’s column
                     -Vietnam
                            -The President’s policy
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         -A memorandum concerning staff
         -Charles W. Colson
         -Ziegler’s office
         -Herbert G. Klein’s office

    Personnel
         -Donald H. Rumsfeld’s work
              -Possible position as US Trade Representative      Conv. No. 468-7 (cont.)
              -Shultz
              -Peter M. Flanigan
              -Peter G. Peterson
              -Haldeman’s forthcoming conversation with Shultz
              -Staff
              -Office of Economic Opportunity
                    -Future
                    -President’s position
              -Trade representative job

    President’s schedule
         -John N. Mitchell
               -Frequency of meetings
         -Ehrlichman and Shultz
               -Frequency of meetings
         -Kissinger
               -Frequency of meetings
         -Access to President
               -Cabinet members
               -Mitchell
               -Connally
                     -Arthur F. Burns
               -Ehrlichman and Shultz
               -Kissinger


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 1m 3s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
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     Press
             -White House action
                   -Timing
                   -Enemies                                          Conv. No. 468-7 (cont.)
                   -Colson’s responsibility
                        -Networks
                        -Polls
             -President and Agnew’s appearances
                   -Timing
                        -Laos operation (Lam Son)
                        -Cambodia operation
                        -November 3, 1969
             -Future events


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 2m 3s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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     Public relations
          -President’s image
                 -”Confidence factor”

Thelma C. (Ryan) (“Pat”) Nixon entered at an unknown time after 10:06 am

     Greetings

The President left at an unknown time before 10:27 am

     Irish
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Haldeman left at 10:27 am

The President entered at an unknown time after 10:27 am

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5                                       Conv. No. 468-7 (cont.)
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 18s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5

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An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 10:27 am

     President’s schedule
          -John M. (“Jack”) Lynch arrival ceremony

The President, et al. left at 10:31 am