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Start Date: Thursday, June 10, 1971 9:20 PM

End Date: Thursday, June 10, 1971 10:01 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Woods, Rose MaryHaldeman, H. R. ("Bob")White House operatorFlanigan, Peter M.Bull, Stephen B.Sanchez, ManoloButterfield, Alexander P.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 05:25:02

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 05:59:50

516a.mp3

516b.mp3

516c.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 10, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Rose Mary Woods, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, White House operator, Peter M. Flanigan, Stephen B. Bull, Manolo Sanchez, and Alexander P. Butterfield met in the Oval Office of the White House from 5:20 pm to 6:01 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 516-012 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 516-12

Date: June 10, 1971
Time: 5:20 pm - 6:01 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Rose Mary Woods


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[Pause]

     Copying of letter
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          -Mrs. Guthrie

     President’s book
          -Researcher’s comment
          -Dr. [Forename unknown] Bell
          -Researcher invitation to White House

     Use of President’s time                                        Conv. No. 516-11 (cont.)
          -Charles G. (“Bebe”) Rebozo
          -Picture taking
                -Possible poses


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Woods left and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman entered at 5:32 pm


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     Haldeman’s previous phone call with Terry McGinnity [author of newspaper article]
          -Background
               -Princeton Theological Seminary
               -Family
               -Work
               -Religious
                      -Norman Vincent Peale role
               -Princeton Theological Seminary
               -Return to Catholicism
          -Philadelphia Inquirer article
               -New articles
                      -Bulletin
               -Feedback from article
          -Effect of call
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           -Roger E. Johnson
     -Impression of Haldeman
           -Suitability for politics
     -Support for President
     -Invitation to visit White House
     -Job prospects
           -Comparison with other prospect
                 -Raymond K. Price, Jr. role              Conv. No. 516-12 (cont.)
                       -Reverend John J. McLaughlin [?]
           -Use of talents
                 -Patrick J. Buchanan
                 -”Popular” writing ability
                 -Feeling about radicals
                 -Buchanan schedule
           -Publication of work
                 -Dean Manyan [?]
                 -American Manifesto
                       -Use for broadcast
                 -Religious beliefs
                 -Support for President
     -Reference to family assistance
           -Implication
     -Haldeman impression
     -Efforts as fiction writer
     -Use of McGinnity talents
           -Letters to editor
           -Speech writing
                 -Focus
                 -Phraseology
                 -Imagery
     -Beliefs regarding war
           -”Internal war”
           -Radicals versus conservatives
     -Strategy for hiring

Wedding plans
    -Television set up
    -Television specials
         -Sponsors
               -Gulf Oil Company
                     -Commercials
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                                     Tape Subject Log
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     McGinnity
         -Hiring
         -Price
               -McLaughlin
               -[Richard K.?] Cook
               -McLaughlin
                     -Member of priesthood
         -Belief in President’s values                            Conv. No. 516-12 (cont.)
               -Benefits to President

     Sequoia trip
          -Attendance
                -John B. Connally
                -William P. Rogers
                -John D. Ehrlichman
                -Peter M. Flanigan
                      -Exposure to Rogers

[Haldeman talked with the White House operator at unknown time between 5:32 pm and 5:57
pm]

[Conversation No. 516-12A]

[See Conversation No. 5-5]

[End of telephone conversation]

     McGinnity
         -President’s impression


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             -Writer drawbacks
                  -Buchanan
                  -Kevin P. Phillips

[Haldeman talked with Flanigan at an unknown time between 5:32 pm and 5:57 pm]

[Conversation No. 516-12B]                                        Conv. No. 516-12 (cont.)

[See Conversation No. 5-6]

[End of telephone conversation]

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 5:32 pm

     Sequoia trip
          -Other invitations

Bull left at an unknown time before 5:57 pm

     Job placement
          -Flanigan
          -Political leaning of staff

Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 5:32 pm

     President’s schedule

Sanchez left at unknown time before 5:57 pm

     Sanchez
          -Competence
          -Attitude
          -Help for staff

     Polls
             -Image
             -Issues
             -Need for focus on issues
                   -Thomas W. Benham analysis of poll
                   -Implications
                   -China feeling
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                                          Tape Subject Log
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                       -Harris versus Gallup results
           -Poll taking
                 -Distortion
                       -Haldeman experience
           -Benham analysis
                 -Press problems
           -Possible summit with Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
           -Effect of upcoming People’s Republic of China [PRC] trip Conv. No. 516-12 (cont.)
                 -Meeting with Mao Tse-tung
           -Effect of Vietnam War

      Call to Hubert H. Humphrey
Bull entered at an unknown time after 5:32 pm

     Arrival of guests for Sequoia trip

     President’s schedule

Haldeman and Bull left and Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 5:57 pm

     Connally memo
         -International Monetary Fund [IMF] matters
               -Paul W. McCracken
               -George P. Shultz
               -Peter G. Peterson

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 6:01 pm

Bull entered at an unknown time after 5:57 pm

     Sequoia trip
          -Guests
                -Arrival

The President and Bull left at 6:01 pm