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Start Date: Friday, September 24, 1971 12:13 PM
End Date: Friday, September 24, 1971 1:05 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob"); [Unknown person(s)];
Recording Device: Oval Office
Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:12:23
Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:41:19
On September 24, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, and unknown person(s) met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 8:13 am and 9:05 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 578-002 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 578-2 Date: September 24, 1971 Time: Unknown between 8:13 am and 9:05 am Location: Oval Office President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman; an unknown person was present at the beginning of the conversation. President's schedule -September 24 -Afternoon -Departure for Northwest trip -Day -Time Press relations -The President’s question and answer [Q&A] session at Detroit Economic Club, September 23, 1971 -Television coverage -Evening news -National Broadcasting Corporation [NBC] -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS] 2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 578-2 (cont.) -Time Length -Wage and price control Phase II question -News reporters coverage -Comparison to television coverage -Haldeman's conversation with Ronald L. Ziegler -Type of coverage -Effect -Impact -Ziegler's analysis -Amount of coverage -Demonstrators -Television coverage -"Today Show" -Lead story -Wage and price control -Type of coverage -Still shots -Demonstrators -President's comments -Pollution -Employment -Amount of coverage -CBS -Question on Supreme Court nomination -Television coverage -Impact -Frequency -Local telecasts -Detroit -Coverage for administration -Chicago -Illinois -Wisconsin -Indiana -Ohio -Key States -Michigan -Time -Length of coverage -Effort -Ziegler's handling of press 3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 578-2 (cont.) -Ziegler's analysis on coverage -Administration's position -Type of impact -Amount of effort -Pros and cons for results -President's appearance -Questions and answers -Preparation -Type of question -Responses -President's responses -Questions asked by newsmen -Politeness -Pros and cons -Antagonism -Comparison to press conference -News coverage -Unknown person -Time of day -Television -Detroit -News coverage -Night time -Past experiences -Coverage -President's efforts -Trips -Guidelines by administration -Restrictions on questions -Balance of questions -Foreign -Domestic -Questions -Vietnam -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] -Conservative revolt -Patrick J. Buchanan -Significance -Number of people -Types of questions -Election in Vietnam 4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 578-2 (cont.) -Number -Nguyen Van Thieu -People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative -Vietnam -Technical preparation and staffing -Mark I. Goode -Type of individual needed -Richard A. Moore -Director of operations -President's experience in Detroit -Introduction of President for newsman -Panel of questioners -Television audience -Awareness -Type of introduction -Television and radio audience -Need for introductions -Radio audience in Michigan -Comparison to television audience -Lack of knowledge of President's appearance -Demonstrators -Location -Moore -Goode -William H. Carruthers -Demonstrations -Moore -Goode - Carruthers -Demonstrators -Moore -Completion of question period -Cut-off -Goode or Moore -Control of situation -Format -Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW] speech -Future press situations -Limitation on answers -Buchanan -Number of words 5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 578-2 (cont.) -Background information -Wage and price freeze question -Number of words statement -International monetary conditions -Profits -Preparation of answers -Thought process -Type of response -Number of words -"One liners" -Henry A. Kissinger's preparations -John B. Connally's preparations -Buchanan -George P. Shultz -Kissinger -Paul W. McCracken -Questions -Types of questions -Question of who should answer questions -Back ups -Buchanan -Review of speeches -Example -The President’s comment about welfare and work -Speech writers -Raymond K. Price, Jr. -Buchanan -Politics -Repetition by President -Concern -John F. Osborne -John F. Kennedy -Quote -Number of repetitions -President's speeches to Congress -Type of lines -Repetition -Types of lines -Welfare and employment -Type of line -Impact 6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 578-2 (cont.) -Repetition of statements -Possible audience assumptions -Old material compared to new material -Listening ability of audience -Appearances after 9:00 pm -Television coverage -Questioners -Atmosphere -Inhibitions because of television -Detroit television -Working people -Location -Office compared to home -Detroit trip -Type of coverage -Preparation -Grand Rapids -Demonstration -Willie J. Usery -Teamsters -United Auto Workers [UAW] -American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organization [AFL-CIO] -Reasons for demonstration -Anti-police -Blacks -Anti-war -Organization -Signs -Actions -Laughter -Audiences -Type -Advance men -Planning for audience -Program -Warm-up of audience -Rock music -Meeting with milk producers -Detroit Economic Club -Detroit response to President's appearance for Economic Club 7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 578-2 (cont.) -Amount of preparation time -Precedent -Detroit -President's appearance -Impact -Press reactions PRC announcement -Kissinger -Connally Press relations -Phase II -Possible press conference -Line of questioning -Teachers’ salaries -Specifics of questions -Comprehensiveness -Duration -Connally Haldeman's conversation with Arthur F. Burns -Meeting -State Department The President and Haldeman left at 9:05 am.