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Conversation: 503-001

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Start Date: Friday, May 21, 1971 12:13 PM

End Date: Friday, May 21, 1971 1:25 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: 00:00:36

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:04:49

503a.mp3

503b.mp3

503c.mp3

NARA Description:

On May 21, 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 8:13 am and 9:25 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 503-001 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 503-1

Date: May 21, 1971
Time: Unknown between 8:13 am and 9:25 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman; the recording begins while the conversation is
in progress.

     President's schedule
          -Unknown group
                 -Agenda
                 -President's dinner plans

     Events
          -Press
               -Cameras
                     -Presence at recent event
          -School event
          -Photo opportunities
               -Press
               -School event
               -White House photographer
               -Mary Brooks [?]
          -Tulane alumni dinner, May 20, 1971
               -Press coverage
               -Melvin R. Laird
               -Attendees
                     -F. Edward Hébert
                     -Graduate of Tulane University
               -President’s statement
               -Press coverage
               -Army Band
                     -”Hail to the Chief”
                     -Comments from a member of the audience

     Press
             -Handling
                 -White House press pool
                       -Bob Belini [sp?]
                            -Stories
                                              2

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
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     Hébert and [Thomas] Hale Boggs
         -Louisiana

     Southern California
          -[Forename unknown] Greenway [?]

     Louisiana
          -Unknown person                                          Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)
               -Football

     Unknown person

     News summary
         -Unknown person
             -Follow-up

     Unknown office
         -Staff
               -Girls

Henry A. Kissinger entered at an unknown time after 8:13 am.


     International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium [INTELSAT]
           -President's meeting with INTELSAT conference May 21, 1971
                 -Time
                 -Location
                 -Length of meeting
                 -Signing ceremony
                 -U. Alexis Johnson
                 -William P. Rogers
                 -Timing
                 -Press
                       -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
                       -Camera coverage
                 -Length and timing of President's appearance
                 -Signing ceremony
                 -Possible Presidential remarks
                       -Length of INTELSAT conference
                             -International communications
                             -Reason for making remarks
                                               3

                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                           (rev. 9/08)



     SALT agreement
     Tulane alumni dinner
          -Howard K. Smith
          -President's visit to the dinner
          -Dinner honoring
                -Hébert
                -Boggs
                -Allen J. Ellender                              Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)
          -Time of President's visit
          -Surprise visit

     INTELSAT Conference meeting, May 21, 1971
         -Johnson
         -Time of President's visit to INTELSAT Conference

     President's schedule, May 21, 1971
          -Meeting with SALT delegation
          -Meeting with the National Medal of Science winners
                 -Awarding medals
                       -Photo opportunity
                       -Academia
          -INTELSAT Conference meeting
                 -State Department
          -Meeting with the National Medal of Science winners
                 -Reception
          -INTELSAT
                 -Johnson

Kissinger left at an unknown time before 8:43 am.

     Tulane alumni Dinner, May 20, 1971
          -Press coverage
               -Louisiana
               -President's remarks
               -Band
                     -"Hail to the Chief"

     Executive staff
          -Election
          -Assistant Secretaries
          -Frederic V. Malek
          -John B. Connally
                                            4

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                                   Tape Subject Log
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         -John A. Volpe, George W. Romney
              -Assistant Secretaries
         -Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower
              -Their executive staffs
         -Old Executive Office Building [EOB]


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                                                           Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)

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    Discrimination
         -Busing in Texas
         -Unknown person in Texas
         -Court order
         -Justice Department
               -John N. Mitchell
         -Schools
               -Percentage of blacks
         -Jury
         -Pasadena, California
         -Quotas
         -Busing
         -Civil Rights Commission
               -Rev. Theodore S. Hesburgh
               -John D. Ehrlichman
               -White House strategy
         -Court order

    White House staff
         -Meetings
             -George P. Shultz
             -Ehrlichman
             -Haldeman
                                                 5

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                                     Tape Subject Log
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                -Kissinger
                -Staff meetings in the morning
                      -Events in Congress
                      -News stories
                      -Executive Departments


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                                                           Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)

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     Unknown man and the press

     Cabinet and staff
          -Romney
          -James D. Hodgson
          -Leadership qualities
          -Shultz
                -Treasury
                      -Shultz compared to David M. Kennedy
          -Shultz
          -Peter N. Flanigan
          -Council of Economic Advisors [CEA]
          -Peter G. Peterson
          -Arthur F. Burns
          -Domestic Council members
          -Connally
          -Economic policy
                -Leadership
                -Football analogy
                -Paul W. McCracken
                -Burns

The President talked with an unknown person [Kissinger?] at an unknown time after 8:13 am.
                                               6

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                                      Tape Subject Log
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     Schedule
[End of telephone conversation]

     Letter President is writing
           -Kissinger

     Department of Defense                                      Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)
         -Job for David Packard
               -Laird
               -Divestment of stock
               -Donald H. Rumsfeld
         -Army


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[Duration: 53s ]


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Kissinger entered at 8:43 am.

     INTELSAT Conference
         -Kissinger's meeting with Johnson

     David K.E. Bruce
          -Cable to Kissinger
          -Resignation
                -Health
          -Loyalty to President
          -Health
          -Return to US
          -Unknown group or country
          -May, June deadlines
          -Strategy for dealing with the resignation
                                        7

                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                               Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. 9/08)



     -Meeting with Kissinger next week and the President

SALT
    -Kissinger's press briefing
          -News Summary
    -Coverage
    -President’s role
          -Washington Post's headlines                      Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)
          -New York Times
          -Television
    -Marvin L. Kalb's comments
          -Gerard C. Smith
    -Vladimir S. Semenov
          -Kissinger's opening statement to the press
                -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
          -Smith
                -Party
    -Press’ political bias
          -John Kennedy
          -Washington Post
    -Television coverage
          -President's announcement
    -Press columnists
          -Smith
    -Leaks to the press
          -Bureaucracy
                -Arms Control and Disarmament Agency [ACDA]
                -State Department
          -White House bargaining position
    -New York Times editorial on May 21, 1971
    -Congressional reaction
          -President's initiative
    -John A. Scali
    -President's initiative
          -Congress
          -Kissinger's briefing
          -Television
          -Congressional reaction
                -Edward W. Brooke
                -Charles H. Percy
                -Hubert H. Humphrey
                       -March 25
                                   8

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                  -Charles W. Colson
-State Department
-ACDA
-Press coverage
-Timing
-Press coverage
-New York Times and Washington Post stories
      -President's initiative                                Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)
      -Unknown reporter
-Humphrey, J. William Fulbright
      -Congressional resolutions
-Edmund S. Muskie
-Press coverage
      -Television networks
      -“The Today Show”
-Washington Post reaction
      -John Kennedy
      -President's initiative
-David Kraslow
      -Conversation with Kissinger on May 20, 1971
      -Sunday Los Angeles Times
-People’s Republic of China [PRC]
      -John W. Chancellor
-Presentation of Science Awards on May 21, 1971
-Joseph W. Alsop
-Kissinger's briefing
      -Invitation to James J. Kilpatrick, Jr.
      -Unknown person
      -[Forename unknown] Steward [?]
      -Newsweek
      -Time
      -Edward Steele
      -President's initiative
-Press backgrounders
      -Smith
      -Kissinger
-President's briefing of Congressional leaders May 20, 1971 on SALT agreement
      -Rogers, Laird, Smith
-Hugh S. Sidey
-Possible Kissinger statement to press
      -Strategy
            -Communist nations
                                             9

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                                      Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 9/08)



                      -Arms control
                      -President's initiative
           -Kissinger's briefing
                -Sidey
                -Compared to PRC
                      -US government agencies
                      -President's initiative
                -John F. Osbourne and Sidey                       Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)
                -Role of Kissinger
                -"Hot Line" telephone
                -Negotiations
                -Kissinger
                      -Newspapers
                             -Sidey
                             -Osbourne
           -Kissinger's briefing
                -Smith

     White House press briefings
          -State Department [?]
                -Help in White House briefings
                     -Laos
                     -Smith
                     -Antiballistic missile [ABM]

     Schedule

Kissinger left at 9:05 am.

     Cabinet and staff
          -Rogers
          -Laird
          -Connally
          -Colson
          -Connally
          -Rogers
          -Laird
          -Romney
          -Volpe
          -Maurice H. Stans
          -Hodgson
          -Elliot L. Richardson
                                          10

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                                 Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 9/08)



     -President's letter to the Soviets
     -Kissinger's meeting with Dobrynin
     -Senate
     -Leaks

Unknown person
    -Washington Post
    -Support for the President                             Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)

Reactions to SALT agreement
     -Michael J. Mansfield
     -Muskie
     -Humphrey
     -Fulbright
           -Television
     -Kissinger
     -Daniel Patrick Moynihan
     -Scali
           -Conservatives
                -Ronald L. Ziegler

Media coverage of the White House
    -Press reaction to SALT
          -Osborne
          -Richardson
          -Television
          -Washington Post
          -Joseph C. Kraft
          -Chalmers Roberts
               -Washington Post
    -Media coverage of the demonstrators
    -Middle East
          -Rogers
          -Coverage of President

Congress
    -Robert J. Dole

Cabinet officers and staff
     -Connally
     -Mitchell
     -Richardson
                                             11

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          -Volpe
                -National Transportation Week
          -Connally
          -Rogers
          -George H.W. Bush
          -William F. (“Billy”) Graham
          -Charles G. ("Bebe") Rebozo
                                                                 Conv. No. 503-1 (cont.)

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
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[Duration: 57s ]


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Haldeman left at 9:25 am.