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Conversation: 516-009

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Start Date: Thursday, June 10, 1971 5:35 PM

End Date: Thursday, June 10, 1971 7:06 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Bull, Stephen B.Butterfield, Alexander P.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Woods, Rose MaryColson, Charles W.White House operatorHumphrey, Hubert H.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 02:43:14

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 03:17:08

516a.mp3

516b.mp3

516c.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 10, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Stephen B. Bull, Alexander P. Butterfield, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Rose Mary Woods, Charles W. Colson, White House operator, and Hubert H. Humphrey met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 1:35 pm and 3:06 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 516-009 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 516-9

Date: June 10, 1971
Time: Unknown between 1:35 pm and 3:06 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Stephen B. Bull and Alexander P. Butterfield

     President’s schedule
          -Request for Charles W. Colson
          -Rose Mary Woods request for time

Bull left at an unknown time before 2:15 pm

          -President’s meeting with unknown group
                -Peter M. Flanigan
                -Benefits
                -Timing

Bull entered at an unknown time before 2:15 pm

          -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman and Woods
               -Schedule

Bull left and Haldeman entered at 2:15 pm

          -President’s meeting with unknown group of businessmen
                -Arrangements
                -Number of chairs
                -Size of group
                -Attendance
                      -Publishers
                      -”Movers and shakers”
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                -Message
                    -Attendance
                -Make up of group
                    -Flanigan

Butterfield left and Woods entered at 2:35 pm


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 14s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1

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          -Photograph
          -William P. Rogers
                -Timing
                -Content of meeting

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 2m 15s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2

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          -Sequoia trip
               -Benefits
               -Guests
                     -Peter G. Peterson
                     -Rogers
                     -John B. Connally
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                    -John N. Mitchell
                    -Sensitivities


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[Personal Returnable]                                              Conv. No. 516-9 (cont.)
[Duration: 26s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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Woods and Haldeman left and Colson entered at 2:44 pm

          -Meeting with National Broadcasting Company [NBC] Executives, June 8, 1971
          -Julian Goodman
                -Herbert G. Klein
                -Colson’s forthcoming meeting with William S. Paley
                      -Problems with media
                -Communication between networks
                      -Grapevine effect
                            -Frank Stanton
                -Network grapevine
          -Impact of President’s demeanor
                -Klein’s perception
          -Press self-image
                -John A. Scali’s view
                -Scali’s skill as a reporter
                      -Frank Cormier
                      -Helen A. Thomas
                            -Honesty
                      -Frances Lewine
                      -[Name unintelligible]
                      -William (“Bill”) Cornell
                -Honesty of reporters
                -Concern with credibility
                -Concern with money
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 59s ]

                                                                     Conv. No. 516-9 (cont.)
END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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     Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy, Hubert H. Humphrey relationship
         -Kennedy statement
              -Colson’s conversation with Robert J. Dole
              -Location of speech
              -President’s Vietnam policy
                    -Use in election year
              -Dole rebuttal in Senate
              -Humphrey rebuttal
                    -View of President’s efforts


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 21s ]

[The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 2:44 pm and
2:53 pm]

[Conversation No. 516-9A]

[See Conversation No. 5-1]

[End of telephone conversation]

END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5

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[The President talked with Humphrey between 2:53 pm and 2:57 pm]

[Conversation No. 516-9B]

[See Conversation No. 5-2]
                                                                   Conv. No. 516-9 (cont.)
[End of telephone conversation]

Haldeman entered at unknown time after 2:53 pm

     Connally, Rogers, Mitchell schedule
         -Dinner for John L. McClellan and Roman L. Hruska

     George P. Shultz’s schedule

     John D. Ehrlichman, Peterson

     Sequoia excursion
          -Attendance

Haldeman left at unknown time before 3:06 pm

     Humphrey
         -View of Presidency
         -Call from President
               -Reaction by Humphrey
                    -Humphrey’s action on Senate floor

     Press reaction to Kennedy statements
           -Play of Senate remarks
           -Kennedy support
                 -Perception of Kennedy statements

     Clark M. Clifford’s attack on President

     George H. W. Bush attack on Kennedy
          -Nature of remarks
               -Effect in Massachusetts
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 38s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7                                        Conv. No. 516-9 (cont.)

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Bull entered at unknown time after 2:57 pm

     President’s schedule
          -Dr. Jerome H. Jaffe meeting

Bull left at unknown time before 3:06 pm


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 13s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6

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Butterfield entered at 3:05 pm

     Previous meeting with NBC executives

Butterfield and Colson left at 3:06 pm
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