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Start Date: Monday, April 26, 1971 5:00 PM

End Date: Monday, April 26, 1971 6:00 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Sanchez, ManoloBull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:40:58

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:43:14

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489b.mp3

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489d.mp3

NARA Description:

On April 26, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Manolo Sanchez, and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 489-011 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 489-11

Date: April 26, l971
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.
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Farm organizations
     -Concern
     -Farm bill
     -Roger W. Fleming
           -Support for the President
     -President's schedule
           -Upcoming meeting with Fleming
                 -John C. Whitaker                        Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)
                 -Charles W. Colson
     -Farm Bureau
           -Support for administration
           -Whitaker's possible role
                 -John D. Ehrlichman’s view
           -Robert R. Spitzer
           -Veto power
           -Environment
     -Farmers
           -Clifford M. Hardin

Secretary of Agriculture
     -Appointment
     -Candidates

Farm organizations
     -”Salute to Agriculture” event
          -Participation
     -Farm Bureau
     -Farmers union
     -Chamber of Commerce
     -Food stamps
     -Support for the President
          -Congress
     -Farm unions
     -Farm Bureau

President's schedule
     -Upcoming meeting with Farm Bureau officials
            -Whitaker

Zosimo Delacruz
     -Chef
     -Possible promotion
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              -President’s view
         -Navy
         -Rank
         -[Forename unknown (sp?)] Mendoza
         -Possible promotion


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                                                          Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)

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    Elvis A. Presley
          -Previous meeting with the President
               -Drug prevention
          -Colson
          -Look and Life magazine
          -[Dwight] David Eisenhower, II
          -Francis A. (“Frank”) Sinatra
          -Royalties
          -Records and movies

    Cabinet
         -Public relations efforts
               -President’s view
         -George W. Romney
               -Speech
                     -Revenue sharing
                     -John B. Connally
         -Connally
               -Activities
         -Publicity
         -Haldeman's possible conversation with Ehrlichman
         -President's meetings with department heads
               -Romney
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          -John A. Volpe
          -Maurice H. Stans
          -Scheduling
          -Volpe
          -Rogers C.B. Morton
          -Romney
          -Winton M. (“Red”) Blount
          -Elliot L. Richardson                              Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)
          -James D. Hodgson
          -John N. Mitchell
          -Connally
          -Melvin R. Laird
          -William P. Rogers
          -Hardin
          -Possible meeting
          -Hodgson
                -Volpe
                -Ehrlichman's view
          -Volpe and Stans

Secretary of Agriculture
     -Hardin
           -Bryce N. Harlow
           -Herbert Brownell
           -Possible replacement
                -Haldeman’s forthcoming conversation with Harlow
                -Whitaker’s previous conversation with Harlow
                       -Rogers

President's schedule
     -Meeting with Farm Bureau leaders
            -Harlow
     -Ohio State Fair Youth Choir
            -Tour
                 -Europe

President's previous speech to Chamber of Commerce
     -Use of examples
            -Rio Grande story
     -Raymond K. Price, Jr.
     -Text
            -Importance of stories
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           -Use of examples
     -Press coverage
     -Audience
     -Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR]
     -Republican Governors Conference
     -Rio Grande story
     -Television
     -Press conference                                   Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)
     -Use of examples
     -Richard A. Moore
           -Stories and anecdotes
     -Press coverage
     -Guaranteed annual wage
           -President’s position
     -Welfare reform
     -William L. Safire
     -DAR speech
           -Franklin D. Roosevelt quote
     -Hubert H. Humphrey and Edmund S. Muskie
           -Speeches
     -Audiences
     -Republican Governors Conference
     -Story
           -Rio Grande High School group
           -Mexican-Americans
     -Welfare reform

Vietnam
     -Prisoners of War [POWs]
           -Henry A. Kissinger
                -Schedule
                      -Italy
                -John A. Scali
                -US policy
                -Tactics
                      -Scali
                      -President’s view
     -POW wives
           -Gen. James D. (“Don”) Hughes
           -Publicity
           -Colson
                -Public relations efforts
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                 -Kissinger

      Possible Presidential press conference
            -Kissinger
[A transcript of the following portion of this conversation was prepared under court order from
December 1978 through March 1979 for Special Access 8, Ronald V. Dellums, et al. v. James M.
Powell, et al., No. 71-2271. The National Archives and Records Administration produced this
transcript. The National Archives does not guarantee its accuracy.]      Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)

[End of transcript]

           -Scali’s view
                 -Timing
           -Audience
           -Prime time
                 -Movies
                 -Networks
                 -Disruption
           -Timing
                 -Movies
                 -Audience
           -President’s view
           -Haldeman’s view
                 -Timing

     Upcoming demonstrations
         -Haldeman's conversation with Gen. Walter R. Tkach
              -Traffic disruptions

     Possible Presidential press conference
          -Timing
          -President's schedule
          -Scali's view
                -Television
                      -Advantages
          -Frequency
          -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
                -Possible announcement
          -People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative
          -Press coverage
                -Interpretation of President's possible remarks
                      -Distortions
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                -First Marine Division speech
                      -Camp Pendleton
                -Agricultural day
                -Announcement
                -Previous press conference
                      -Editors
                      -Howard K. Smith
                                                                 Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)
Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 1:00 pm.

     President's schedule

Sanchez left at an unknown time before 2:00 pm.

     Press conference
           -President's goals
           -Staff
           -Strength
           -Audience
                 -Number
           -Columnists
           -President's schedule
                 -Florida
                 -Giuseppe Saragat
           -Timing
           -President's schedule

     President's schedule
          -Visit to Lyndon B. Johnson Library
          -Florida
          -California
          -Timing of press conference
          -Saragat
          -Service academies
                 -West Point
                      -May 15, l971
                      -President’s view
          -First Marine Division speech
                 -Themes
                 -Talking points
                      -Length
                            -President’s view
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-Armed Forces Day
      -Reception
-First Marine Division speech
      -Possible public relations efforts
-Florida
      -Timing
-Visit to Johnson Library
-Indianapolis                                            Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)
      -Race
      -North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] conference of cities
            -President’s attendance
-Johnson Library
      -Guests
            -Plane
-Florida
      -Plane
            -Seats
-Alabama visit
      -Possibilities
      -Birmingham
            -Parade
-Previous Chamber of Commerce speech
      -Support for the President
-Florida
      -Johnson Library
            -Plane logistics
-National Council of Boys Scouts, April 27, 1971
      -Atlanta
      -Adults
-Alabama visit
-Explorer Scouts, June 2, 1971
      -Washington conference
      -Possible visit to White House
      -Haldeman’s view
-Arkansas River
      -Timing
            -Tricia Nixon's wedding
-First Marine Division
      -Kissinger's reaction
-Senegal
      -President’s view
-Upcoming events
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                -Wedding anniversary
                -Fathers' Day
                -California

     Kissinger's schedule
          -Lunch
                -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
                                                                    Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)
Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 1:00 pm.

          -Location

Bull left at an unknown time before 2:00 pm.

     President's schedule April 27, 1971
          -Meeting with Elmer H. Bobst
                 -Cancer research
                 -Bobst's schedule
          -Morton
          -Walter Williams[?]

Bull entered at an unknown time after 1:00 pm.

     Kissinger's schedule
          -Lunch
                -Dean G. Acheson

Bull left at an unknown time before 2:00 pm.

     President's schedule, April 27, 1971
          -James C. Fletcher swearing-in ceremony
                 -Peter M. Flanigan
          -Blount
          -Bobst
                 -National Center for Voluntary Action leadership
          -National Center for Voluntary Action

     Press conference
           -Timing
           -Patrick J. Buchanan
           -Reception
           -Staff reaction
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     -President’s preparation
           -Difficulties
           -White House staff
     -President's remarks

President's schedule
     -Visit to Johnson Library
            -Planes                                         Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)
                 -Guests
                 -Hughes
                 -Braniff
            -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
                 -Role
            -Johnson

President's upcoming schedule
     -April 29, l971
            -Jayne B. Spain
                 -Civil Service Commission
     -Possible press conference
            -Preparation
     -April 28, 1971
            -Laird
                 -James E. Johnson
     -April 29, 1971
            -Spain
     -April 28, l971
            -Johnson
                 -Assignment

Appointments
    -Women
         -Publicity
              -Release
         -Spain

President's wilderness message
     -Bill
     -Signing ceremony

President's schedule
     -California
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           -Lockheed

Lockheed
    -Possible announcement
    -Ehrlichman's view
    -Connally
    -Pennsylvania Railroad
    -Humphrey                                              Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)
    -Announcement
          -Ehrlichman’s location

President's schedule
     -California
            -Private school financing
                  -Publicity
                  -Buchanan

President's upcoming speeches
     -“A Salute to Agriculture” speech
            -Radio
            -Quality of life
            -Price
                  -Noel C. Koch
     -Complexity
     -Price
     -Quality
     -Anecdotes
            -Importance
            -Sermons
                  -Camp David
                       -Unknown man
                  -Bible reading
     -Abraham Lincoln's speeches
            -Gettysburg Address
     -Cold intellectualism
     -“A Salute to Agriculture” speech
     -Stories
            -Rio Grande High School group
            -Human interest
            -Value of work
                  -Youth
                       -Self help
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     President's previous Chamber of Commerce speech
          -Welfare reform
                 -President’s comments
                 -Compared with youth
          -Inflation
          -Economy
          -Safire                                                Conv. No. 489-11 (cont.)
          -Audience

     President's schedule
          -Visit to Johnson Library
                 -Plane
                       -Guests
                       -Democrats
                       -Logistical problems
                 -Florida
                 -Claudia A. (Taylor) (“Lady Bird”) Johnson
          -Press conference
                 -Timing

     Press conference
           -Value
           -Timing
           -June 13, 1971
           -Office press conference
           -President's schedule
                 -Florida

     President's schedule
          -Alabama
          -Congressional recess

     Press conference
           -Office press conference

     Mitchell
          -Richard G. Kleindienst

Haldeman left at 2:00 pm.
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