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Start Date: Thursday, May 6, 1971 1:00 PM

End Date: Thursday, May 6, 1971 2:00 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")White House operatorSanchez, ManoloFord, Gerald R.Butterfield, Alexander P.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:13:19

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:01:43

493a.mp3

493b.mp3

NARA Description:

On May 6, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, White House operator, Manolo Sanchez, Gerald R. Ford, and Alexander P. Butterfield met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 493-003 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 493-3

Date: May 6, 1971
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 9/08)




     President’s schedule
          -”Salute to Agriculture” May 7, 1971
                -President’s remarks
                      -Length

[The White House operator talked with the President at 9:10 am]

[Conversation No. 493-3A]

[See Conversation No. 2-103]

[End of telephone conversation]

     President’s schedule
          -”Salute to Agriculture”
                -President’s remarks
                      -Length
                -A briefing
                      -Clifford M. Hardin
                      -John N. Mitchell
                      -Rural revenue sharing
                -Lunch at State Department
                -South Lawn exhibit
                      -Possible remarks by President
                -Dinner at White House
                      -Number of guests
                -President’s role
                      -Remarks, toast
                -Dinner
                      -Glen Campbell
                      -Toast
                            -Farmers’ wives
                      -Hardin
                -Farmers
                      -Public attitude

     Supersonic Transport [SST]
          -Upcoming vote
          -Gerald R. Ford

     President’s schedule
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                                     Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 9/08)



          -George Meany
               -Possible breakfast
          -Business Council
               -George P. Shultz
               -John D. Ehrlichman

     Lobbyists
         -Milk producers                                       Conv. No. 493-3 (cont.)
               -John B. Connally’s suggestion
         -Sugar
         -Administration staff
               -Shultz, Peter G. Peterson, Peter M. Flanigan
         -Sugar
         -Oil
         -Lyndon B. Johnson [?]
         -Charles W. Colson
         -Administration staff

     Prisoner of War [POW] wives
          -Henry A. Kissinger’s contacts
                -Major General James D. (“Don”) Hughes

Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 9:10 am

     [Unintelligible]

Sanchez left at an unknown time before 9:20 am

     POW wives
        -Kissinger
             -Hughes
        -A press conference
             -Effect

     Lobbyists
         -Colson
               -Possible work
         -Contributions
               -Connally
               -Lee R. Nunn
               -Colson
               -Nunn, Herbert W. Kalmbach
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 9/08)



               -Colson, White House staff
          -Milk fund
               -Colson
     Vietnam War
          -Upcoming vote on end the war resolution

[The President talked with Ford between 9:20 am and 9:26 am]
                                                                        Conv. No. 493-3 (cont.)
[Conversation No. 493-3B]

[See Conversation No. 2-104]

[End of telephone conversation]

     SST or end the war vote
          -Defense Department [DOD]

     Washington, DC demonstrations
         -A possible poll
              -Possible questions
              -Timing
                    -Another poll [?]
              -Release
                    -Congressmen

[Transcript #1: A transcript of the following portion of this conversation was prepared under
court order from December 1978 through March 1979 for Special Access [SA] 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.]

[End of transcript]

Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 9:38 am

     Dinner, May 5, 1971
          -Drinks
          -Dress
          -Drinks

Butterfield left at an unknown time after 9:41 am
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                              NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 9/08)



[Transcript #2: A transcript of the following portion of this conversation was prepared under
court order from December 1978 through March 1979 for SA 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.]

[End of transcript]

     Cabinet                                                             Conv. No. 493-3 (cont.)
          -John A. Volpe
          -Hardin
          -Connally
          -Cancer program
               -President’s review
               -Staff
               -President’s commitment

Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 9:38 am

     Dinner, May 5, 1971
          -Drinks

Butterfield left at 9:41 am

     Programs
          -Breeder reactor
               -President’s role
          -Administration’s role
               -Publicity
          -Commerce Department
               -Peterson, Maurice H. Stans
               -Staff

[Transcript #3: A transcript of the following portion of this conversation was prepared under
court order from December 1978 through March 1979 for SA 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.]

[End of transcript]

     News
         -President’s reading
         -Network news
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 9/08)



                -Story on the economy, May 5, 1971
                -Washington, DC demonstrations
                -Story on the economy
                     -Position of the dollar
                           -Germany
                           -Length
                           -Willy Brandt
                           -US actions                                   Conv. No. 493-3 (cont.)
                           -Germany
                           -Shultz
                           -President’s advisors
                           -Peterson
                           -Flanigan
                           -Shultz
                           -Paul W. McCracken
                           -Paul A. Volcker
           -New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times

[Transcript #4: A transcript of the following portion of this conversation was prepared under
court order from December 1978 through March 1979 for SA 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.]

[End of transcript]

     Vietnam
          -Vietnamization
               -Rowland Evans and Robert D. Novak column, May 6, 1971
                      -Effect in Congress
                      -North Vietnamese military action
          -Casualties
          -Missing in Action [MIA]
               -Release of figures
                      -Stanley R. Resor’s office
                            -Timing
          -Casualty figures
               -Comparisons
                      -President’s statement
          -Administration accomplishments
          -A network news story
               -Arrival of a veteran
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 9/08)



          -US withdrawal
               -Rate
          -Draft
               -Kissinger
               -Colleges
               -Kissinger
          -Negotiations
               -General Nguyen Van Thieu                         Conv. No. 493-3 (cont.)
               -Kissinger
               -President’s offer
                     -Timing
                     -Possible reply
                          -Kissinger

     “Salute to Agriculture”

     Meetings
          -A commission

     Federal Reserve
          -Position on budgets

     President’s schedule
          -Meetings
                -Arthur F. Burns
                -Commissions

     Publicity
          -A May 5, 1971 story

Haldeman left at 10:00 am