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Conversation: 524-008

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Start Date: Thursday, June 17, 1971 1:58 PM

End Date: Thursday, June 17, 1971 2:34 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")[Unknown person(s)]Bull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:39:32

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:04:34

524a.mp3

524b.mp3

NARA Description:

On June 17, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:58 am to 10:34 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 524-008 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 524-8

Date: June 17, 1971
Time: 9:58 am - 10:34 am
Location: Oval Office
                                                                       Conv. No. 524-6 (cont.)
The President met with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

     Bipartisan Congressional leaders meeting
          -Tactics
          -Attendance
                -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield

     Schedule
          -Upcoming press conference
          -Cabinet meeting

     Pentagon Papers
          -John D. Ehrlichman
                -Coordination of administration response
          -Need to consolidate legal actions
                -John A. Scali
                -Richard A. Moore
                -Charles W. Colson
          -Lack of master strategy
          -Ehrlichman, Henry A. Kissinger and Haldeman meeting
                -Consolidation of efforts
          -Patrick J. Buchanan
          -Administration response
          -William P. Rogers statement
          -Herbert G. Klein activity
          -Implications of security breaches
                -Assault on government
          -McGovern-Hatfield Amendment
          -Administration response
                -Maxwell Taylor appearance on news program
                      -Marvin L. Kalb question
                           -Distortion problem
                -Release of classified material on Korea and World War II
                      -Research for President
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                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. 10/08)



                     -Kissinger's role
               -Franklin D. Roosevelt involvement
               -Harry S. Truman involvement
               -John F. Kennedy involvement
               -Lyndon B. Johnson involvement
               -Dwight D. Eisenhower involvement
          -Canadian reaction
          -Need to focus
               -New York Times focus
                     -Censorship
                     -Need to end war
               -Administration focus
                     -Violation of security
                     -Involvement of previous Democratic administrations
                           -Ronald L. Ziegler's role
                           -Robert J. Dole
               -Integrity of Presidency
                     -Effect on conduct of foreign relations
                     -Buchanan's line
                           -Content
                                 -Attack on Times
                           -Use at press conference
               -Urgency

Speech writing
     -Talking points
     -Noel C. Koch and Raymond K. Price, Jr. attributes
     -John K. Andrews, Jr. attributes
     -Buchanan
     -Terry McGinnity
     -Need for concise statements
     -President's upcoming drug message
           -Content
                 -New drug program
                      -Scope
                      -Dr. Jerome H. Jaffe
                      -Effect of drugs
                      -Spending
                      -Administration goals
                 -Effect
     -Buchanan’s efforts
     -Drug message
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/08)



                -"Total war" line
                     -Drawbacks
                -Effect on populace
                -Use of terms
                     -”Offensive”
                     -Johnson precedent
                     -"War"
                     -"War on poverty"                               Conv. No. 524-8 (cont.)
                     -"Public Enemy #1"
                           -Previous use
                     -"Offensive"
                     -"War"
                           -Popular perception of the term

     President's schedule
          -Cutback on meetings
                 -Donald McI. Kendall
                 -Christian de Guigne III
          -Drug offensive
                 -President's role

An unknown woman entered at an unknown time after 9:58 am.

     Request for Lucy A. Winchester

The unknown woman left at an unknown time before 10:34 am.

     Presidential statements
          -Kissinger's role
          -Ehrlichman's role
                -Price's prose
                -Buchanan's prose
                -Preparation of Presidential statements
                -President's drug statement
                       -Content
                             -Treatment of addicts
                             -Coordination of international action
                -Wedding statement
                -Political statements
                       -Need for focus
                       -Foreign policy focus
                             -Johnson
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                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/08)




     Polls
             -Results of recent Gallup poll
                  -Revenue sharing
                  -Government reorganization
             -New poll
                  -Issues
                  -Possible questions                                    Conv. No. 524-8 (cont.)
                         -Phrasing
                         -Methodology
                  -Review of administration’s efforts
                  -President's speeches
                         -Polling effect
                         -Ehrlichman
                         -Creating issues
                  -Louis Harris’ role
                  -Possible questions
                         -"Race" compared with "integration" questions
                               -Integration
                               -Desegregation
                               -Housing

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:58 am.

     President's schedule
          -Meeting with Winchester
                 -Gift

Bull left at an unknown time before 10:34 am.

     Pentagon Papers
          -Administration response
               -Ehrlichman
               -Role of the law
                     -John N. Mitchell
               -Disloyalty of Times

Haldeman left at 10:34 am.
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                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/08)