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Start Date: Tuesday, October 5, 1971 1:12 PM
End Date: Tuesday, October 5, 1971 5:11 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob"); Butterfield, Alexander P.; [Unknown person(s)]; Bull, Stephen B.; Connally, John B.; Shultz, George P.; McCracken, Paul W.; Stein, Herbert; Kissinger, Henry A.; Ziegler, Ronald L.; Safire, William L.;
Recording Device: Oval Office
Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:06:33
Full Tape Conversation End Time: 04:01:15
On October 5, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Alexander P. Butterfield, unknown person(s), Stephen B. Bull, John B. Connally, George P. Shultz, Paul W. McCracken, Herbert Stein, Henry A. Kissinger, Ronald L. Ziegler, and William L. Safire met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:12 am to 1:11 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 584-003 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 584-3 Date: October 5, 1971 Time: 9:12 am - 1:11 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman [Forename unknown] Wilson -Discussion of unknown person The President's previous conversation with William P. Rogers -Middle East -Henry A. Kissinger -People's Republic of China [PRC] -Ronald L. Ziegler -New York Times -Tad Szulc -Kissinger and Rogers The President's schedule -Possible trip -John N. Mitchell -Staff responsibilities -William F. (“Billy”) Graham -Timing -National Federation of Republican Women -Timing -Press conference -Florida -Disney World -Charlotte -Camp David -The President's work habits -George P. Shultz -John D. Ehrlichman -Kissinger -[Unintelligible] -John B. Connally -Kissinger -Kissinger 3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Rogers -Middle East -Soviet Union The President’s schedule -National Federation of Republic Women -Florida -Disney World -Eisenhower Theater -World Series game -Baltimore Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 9:25 am. -Trips -Dr. D. Elton Trueblood -The President's 10:00 am meeting -Connally, Shultz, Herbert Stein -Paul W. McCracken Butterfield left at an unknown time after 9:25 am. -Congress Congressional relations -Clark MacGregor -Performance -Supersonic Transport [SST] The President's schedule -Blair House renovations -Charles W. Colson -Cabinet Officers and Congressmen -Commendation notices -Rose Mary Woods [?] France -Trade -Unknown person’s [Winton M. (“Red”)] Blount action -Anti-drug efforts -Administration’s action 4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) Letter from Robert C. Tyson -Peter M. Flanigan -Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Revisions -Television policy -The President's request of Kissinger -Reply -Invitation to White House dinner -Unknown volunteer -Presidential certificate of appreciation -Citation for volunteer service ********************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 33s ] END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4 ********************************************************************** The President’s schedule -Thanksgiving -Christmas -Florida -California -White House receptions -White House press office Public relations -Look magazine -Allen S. Drury -Interview with the President -Dwight D. Eisenhower administration -Press -Christmas receptions -White House Staff 5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Congress -The President’s attendance -MacGregor -Ziegler -White House Staff and Cabinet -Invitation language Blair House -Receptions -Youth event -Congressmen -Conservatives -George Putnam -Business Council -Flanigan -Congressmen -Room size -Youth Possible Tennis match at the White House -Billie Jean King -Adam [Arthur] Ashe -Stan Smith -Spiro T. Agnew -Rowland Evans -Television coverage [Arnold] Eric Sevareid -Comment on Supreme Court -Possible White House response Evening at the White House -Lawrence Welk -American Broadcasting Company [ABC] -Independent networks -Paul W. Keyes Reception -Conservative newsmen -Barry M. Goldwater -James L. Buckley 6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) Charles S. Rhyne -North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] -Possible ambassadorship -Robert Strausz-Hupe Maurice H. Stans -Proposed trip to Moscow -Peter G. Peterson An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 9:25 am. Item for Colson The unknown person left at an unknown time before 10:10 am. The President's schedule -Timing of press conference -Kissinger -Questions on economy -Phase II -Kissinger -Patrick J. Buchanan -Forthcoming announcement of Soviet Summit -Vietnam -Briefing book for President -Phase II -People’s Republic of China [PRC] -Forthcoming meeting with Aldo Moro -Detroit -Press -Reporting outside of Washington -Compared with Washington -International Monetary Fund [IMF] -Prisoners of War [POWs] -Montana -Michael J. Mansfield -Press coverage Frank Leonard -Compared to William L. Safire 7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Article on the President's accomplishments -Welfare -Drugs -Vietnam veterans -Foreign aid -Education reform -Rogers -Republican National Committee [RNC] newsletter Praise for the President -Robert H. Abplanalp and Charles G. (“Bebe”) Rebozo -Hobart D. Lewis -New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Denver Post Press -Denver -President’s humor -Local press [-Unintelligible] -John F. Osborne Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:25 am. The President's schedule -Connally Bull left at 10:06 am. The President left and John B. Connally, George P. Shultz, Paul W. McCracken, and Herbert Stein entered at 10:06 am. Jeb Stuart Magruder's conversation with Connally Haldeman left at an unknown time after 10:06 am. The President entered at an unknown time after 10:06 am. Salutations -Shultz -Book read by the President 8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) Economy -Phase II -Shultz -Profits -Changes from memorandum -Goals -Workings of the President's advisers -Arthur F. Burns -Negotiating new contracts -Burns's memorandum -Rollbacks -Strikes -Steel companies -General Motors -Follow up to the wage and price freeze -Pay Boards -Cost of Living Council [COLC] -Responsibility -Inflation -Consumer Price Index [CPI] -Future -Wholesale prices -John A. Volpe -Japanese -Honda -Foreign policy -Regional differences among Americans -Productivity -Cost of living factor -Unemployment -Youth -Comparisons -Wage payments -Pay Boards -Union contracts -Wage and price problem -Unemployment -Labor-management positions -Edward N. Cole -Union negotiations -Burns 9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Fiscal monetary policy -Contingency for next year -Outlook -Interest rates -Burns -The President’s view -COLC -No-growth argument -The President's reference to a generation of peace -Middle East -Cuba -PRC -Soviet Union -Importance of goal -Institutions being created -Stein -Pay Board -Price Board -Connally -Profits -Windfall -Price reductions -Attitudes of businessmen -American leadership class -Inflation -Outlook -Policy of Commission Haldeman entered at 11:00 am. -Beliefs of the American people -Labor -George Meany -Rebozo -Price Commission -Windfall -Burns -David Rockefeller -Connally -Pay Board -Price Commission 10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Prices -Labor unions -Meany -Dividends -Pay Board -Price Board -Political standpoint -Prices -Price Commission -Interest -Dividends -Federal Reserve -Burns -Camp David -COLC -Secretary of the Treasury -Charls E. Walker -Donald Rumsfeld -Haldeman -Connally -Responsibilities -International Monetary Fund [IMF] -Staff support -COLC -Mortgage question -George Romney -Burns -Prime rate -Rumsfeld -Rent -Price Commission -Rent Board -Internal Revenue Service [IRS] -Price Commission -Voluntary compliance -Jawboning -COLC -Membership -State and local government participation -Businessmen -Virginia H. Knauer 11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Consumer Affairs representative -Lon L. Fuller -Unintelligible man -Phillip Areeda -Fuller -Timing for announcement -Poll -Press -Audience potential -Business people -The President's press conferences -The President's speech, November 3, 1969 -Summary -Price Board -Wage Board -Timing for announcement -Noon -"I Love Lucy" -"As the World Turns" -"Love is a Many Splendored Thing" -Evening -West Coast -Temporary measures in Phase I -10% surcharge -Wage and price freeze -Timing for announcement -Daytime -Stock market -Need for consultations -Wage and price freeze -Situation to follow -Labor leaders -Prime time announcement -Meaning of Phase II -Call for support from American people -Labor council -Timing -Friday news shows -James D. Hodgson meeting with Meany -Public anticipation of Phase II -Louis P. Harris 12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Phrasing -Introduction -Conclusion -Summary -Pay Board -Salaries -Price Board -Windfall profits -Reason for Phase I's success -International scene -Emphasis on success of Phase I -Length -Competition from other programs -Timing -Audience size -Businessmen -Need for consultations -Timing for briefings -Dan Rather -Importance as newspaper story -Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times -Dealing with the press -Labor support -Prime time announcement -The President's schedule -Tun Abdul Razak -Draft of speech -[Unintelligible] -William L. Safire -Concern about leaks -Safire -Burns -Interest and dividends Shultz, McCracken, and Stein left at 11:59 am. The President's schedule -Connally -Idanell B. (“Nellie”) Connally -William F. (“Billy”) Graham -Event 13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Connally's schedule Supreme Court -Conservative appointments -Sevareid’s comment -William J. Brennan, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, William O. Douglas Chile -Salvador Allende Gossens -Expropriation -Connally’s view -Washington Star and Washington Post -Expropriation -Peru -Bolivia -Connally’s view -The President’s view Connally left at an unknown time after 11:59 am. Timing of announcement The President left at an unknown time after 11:59 am. The President entered at an unknown time before 12:02 pm. The President talked with Henry A. Kissinger at an unknown time between 11:59 am and 12:02 pm. [Conversation No. 584-3A] Request for meeting [End of telephone conversation] Timing of Phase II announcement Connally -Graham The President's schedule 14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Safire -Kissinger Henry A. Kissinger entered at 12:02 pm. Kissinger's schedule -Comments to press -PRC -John A. Scali -Ziegler -Media Economy -Phase II announcement -Timing -Ziegler Chile -Connally -Allende -Expropriation -The President’ view -Kissinger’s previous conversation with Connally -US policy -Peruvians -Bolivia The President's Schedule -Meeting with Latin Americans leaders -Forthcoming trip of Robert H. Finch -President’s previous conversation with William P. Rogers -Mexico -Mexico City -Acapulco -Brazil -Brazilia -Luis Echeverria Alvarez -Rogers -Finch’s trip -Department of State -Rogers 15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Logistics Ziegler entered at 12:05 pm. Forthcoming trip to PRC -Briefing -Ziegler's presentation -Kissinger's schedule -Timing of PRC trip -Kissinger's presence -Kissinger's presentation -American policy vis-a-vis Chinese domestic situation -Preparations for the trip -Taiwan -The President's background preparation -Detroit -Oregon Kissinger's relations with the press -Max Frankel -New York Times -Press participation on Kissinger's PRC trip -[Unintelligible] -David Kraslow -Editorial boards's position -Osborne -Mike Wallace Kissinger's schedule -Mansfield -Mao Tse-Tung -J. William Fulbright -Vietnam -Edward W. Brooke -Missiles -Carl B. Albert July 15, 1971 announcement Press briefing -South Vietnamese elections 16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Hanoi -Peking PRC -Announcement on October 14, 1971 -Congratulatory comments -Gerald R. Ford -Identical announcement from the PRC -Media interest -Newspapers -Television -Alfred Le S. Jenkins -Responsibilities -Scheduling of stories -Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty [SALT] announcement -July 15th announcement -Phase II -Taft-Hartley Act -Liberal distrust of the administration -Robert Pierpoint -Views of the press -Communism -Credibility gap -John D. Ehrlichman -Lyndon B. Johnson administration -Vietnam -Hanoi -Cambodia -Ottawa -PRC -Indochina -Ralph T. Albertazzie -White house staff interest in PRC trip -Anticipated stress of trip by president -Background preparations -Compared with Andrei A. Gromyko visit -Background preparations -Briefing papers -Anticipated negotiations -Stans -Japanese 17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Middle East -Preparation for the President’s trip -Kissinger's projected format in Peking -Chou En-lai -Negotiating groups -Dwight L. Chapin -Rogers -Communiqué -Projected announcement of date of President's trip -Timing -United Nations [UN] vote -Timing The President's schedule -Safire Ziegler left at 12:33 pm. PRC -Unknown man -Ziegler's press briefings Soviet Union-US Summit -Forthcoming announcement -Ziegler -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Soviet-American relations -Dobrynin’s comments -John F. Kennedy -Middle East Schedule of events -Vietnam -Peace talks -Possible US airstrikes -Nguyen Van Thieu -Haig Kissinger's schedule -New York -Mahmoud Riad 18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -Rockefeller -Middle East -Chile William L. Safire entered and Kissinger left at 12:38 pm. The President left at an unknown time after 12:38 pm. The President's forthcoming speech -Timing The President entered at an unknown time before 1:05 pm. The President's speech announcing Phase II -Timing -Content -Wording -Length -Herbert Stein -Scheduling -Wage and price freeze -Progress report -Goal -Need for interests to cooperate -Prosperity without war -Employment -Inflation -Prices -Windfall profits -International importance -Interest rate -Pay Board -Congress -Duration of program -Cooperation of groups -Phase II -Peace and prosperity without inflation -Impact of PRC announcement -Temporary nature of program -Bureaucrats -Pay Board and Price Board 19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) -COLC -Future briefings -Connally, Shultz, McCracken -Cost of Living Council -Themes -Sacrifice -Confidence -Purpose -Follow-up by experts -The President's schedule -Time draft required -Follow-up -Announcement -Timing -COLC -Prime time -California -Press -New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal -Prime Time -Press conference -COLC -Safire's assignment -The President's schedule Safire left at 1:05 pm. Safire -Raymond K. Price The President's speech announcing Phase II -Length Rose Mary Woods -Health Rogers and Kissinger -Trip Ron [Surname unknown] 20 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 584-3 (cont.) Haldeman left at 1:11pm.