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Conversation: 499-004

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Start Date: Friday, May 14, 1971 1:15 PM

End Date: Friday, May 14, 1971 1:50 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")White House operatorNixon, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan)Butterfield, Alexander P.Bull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:15:27

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:43:05

499a.mp3

499b.mp3

NARA Description:

On May 14, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, White House operator, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan) Nixon, Alexander P. Butterfield, and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:15 am to 9:50 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 499-004 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 499-4

Date: May 14, 1971
Time: 9:15 am - 9:50 am
Location: Oval Office
                                                                Conv. No. 499-2/498-1 (cont.)
The President met with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

     President's schedule
          -Ronald L. Ziegler's forthcoming announcement
                 -Time
          -Red Cross event
                 -Preparation on plane
          -Radio
                 -Schedules of Elliot L. Richardson, William P. Rogers, Clark MacGregor
                      -Forthcoming television appearances
                 -Timing
                 -Raymond K. Price, Jr.
                 -Timing
          -Red Cross event

     North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO]
          -An event
                -Television network coverage
          -Dean G. Acheson
                -Comments regarding meeting with President
                -Monty Woolley
          -John A. Scali
          -Troop levels
                -Popular opinion
                -Henry A. Kissinger
          -Administration's goals
                -Supersonic Transport [SST]
                -President's leadership
          -President's position

     SST
           -William M. Magruder's health
           -Gerald R. Ford's efforts
           -John A. Volpe's efforts
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                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 9/08)



            -Television network coverage of William M. Allen's comments
            -John D. Ehrlichman's conversation with Boeing staff

    White House Correspondents' Dinner
         -Press coverage
         -Staff action
         -Gridiron Club dinners
         -Benefits

    Press
            -President's relations

    Kissinger's schedule
         -Brookings Institute directors meeting, May 13, 1971
         -American Enterprise Institute [AEI]
         -Allen S. Drury interview
         -William S. White
         -Victor Lasky
         -Discussion with President and Haldeman

    President's schedule


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[Privacy]
[Duration: 5s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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            -Rose Mary Woods
            -Marjorie P. Acker
                 -Husband
            -Woods
            -Roger E. Johnson
                 -Forthcoming conversation with Haldeman
            -Departure time
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                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 9/08)



         -An unknown man
         -Departure time

    Thelma C. (Ryan) (“Pat”) Nixon's schedule

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4                                   Conv. No. 499-4 (cont.)
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 13s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 9/08)




          -Scheduling
               -Coral F. Schmid
                    -Number and type of events
                          -Page Belcher


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                                                           Conv. No. 499-4 (cont.)

BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 2m 46s ]


[THE PRESIDENT TALKED WITH THE WHITE HOUSE OPERATOR AT AN UNKNOWN
TIME BETWEEN 9:15 AM AND 9:37 AM]

[Conversation No. 499-4A]

[See Conversation No. 3-50]

[End of telephone conversation]

[THE PRESIDENT TALKED WITH MRS. NIXON BETWEEN 9:37 AM AND 9:38 AM]

[Conversation No. 499-4B]

[See Conversation No. 3-51
[One item has been withdrawn from the conversation]

[End of telephone conversation]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5

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          -Importance
          -Press conference in Oklahoma
               -Texas, North Dakota representatives
          -Meeting with governor's wife
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 9/08)



           -Press conference
           -Future events after Tricia Nixon Cox's wedding
           -Duration of visits
           -Oklahoma trips
                 -Plane, press coverage
           -National press, local press
           -Size of plane and other attendees
                 -Schmid                                             Conv. No. 499-4 (cont.)
                 -Belcher
           -Importance in South and Midwest
           -Staff

Alexander P. Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 9:38 am.

     President's schedule
          -Max M. Fisher
                 -Length of meeting
                 -McCracken
                 -Purpose of meeting

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 9:55 am.

           -Rose Garden event
                 -Press coverage
                 -Charles H. Percy
                 -Press
                 -Illinois attendees
           -Number of events, May 14, 1971
           -Rose Garden event
                 -Percy
                 -Press coverage
                 -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins
           -Prisoners of war [POW] event
                 -Jacob A. Preus
                 -Press coverage
           -Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid
                 -Kissinger
           -Kissinger's role
           -Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid
                 -Labor
                 -Congress of Industrial Organizations [CIO]
                 -American Friends Service
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 9/08)



               -Church World Service
               -Congregational Christians
               -Kissinger
               -Jewish Organizations
                     -Hadassah
               -Brookings Institute
          -Fisher
               -Purpose of meeting                                   Conv. No. 499-4 (cont.)
               -McCracken
               -Jews, businessmen
          -Preus
          -Fisher
               -Previous White House dinners
               -Encounters with staff
          -Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid
               -Length of meeting with President
                     -Kissinger
               -Tour, other meetings
                     -Pan American foreign club [?]
          -Press coverage
               -Ziegler
               -President's trips
               -Newsmen's wives
          -Changes
               -Johnson
          -John N. Mitchell
               -Rogers
               -Mitchell

     US forces in Europe
          -President's conversation with Cyrus R. Vance, April 13, 1971
                -Hubert H. Humphrey, Edmund S. Muskie positions
                -Haldeman's possible conversation with Clark MacGregor
                -Kissinger, Rogers

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:38 am.

     President's schedule

Bull left at an unknown time before 9:55 am.

          -John McCowan
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 9/08)



                -Identified
                     -Mrs. Nixon
                -Mrs. Nixon's meeting

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[Personal Returnable]                                            Conv. No. 499-4 (cont.)
[Duration: 1m 58s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6

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     SST
           -Connally
           -Boeing's actions
                -Business
                -Lesson for youth and labor
                -Termination costs

     President's schedule
          -Florida trip
                 -Price and his secretary
                       -Woods

Haldeman left at 9:50 am.