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Conversation: 591-002

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Start Date: Wednesday, October 13, 1971 7:44 PM

End Date: Wednesday, October 13, 1971 9:18 PM

Participants:

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

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:02:55

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:30:36

591a.mp3

NARA Description:

On October 13, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), Rose Mary Woods, Charles W. Colson, and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 3:44 pm to 5:18 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 591-002 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 591-2

Date: October 13, 1971
Time: 3:44 pm - 5:18 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

     The President's schedule
          -Presentation of diplomatic credentials
               -The President's proposal for changes
                      -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
                      -Family
                      -Photograph
                      -State Department Protocol officer
          -Dinner guests
               -After dinner guests
               -Toast
               -Receiving line
                      -Marshal Josef Broz Tito

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 3:44 pm.

     Item for the President

The unknown person left at an unknown time before 3:53 pm.
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/10)
                                                                      Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)


     The President's schedule
          -Rose Mary Woods
          -Handshakes
               -Reception on October 13, 1971 for Citizen's for a New Prosperity
                      -Support for the President’s economic program

     Economy
         -Wages

     The President's schedule
          -Handshakes
                -Church services
                      -Reception line
          -Press
                -S. Douglas Cornell
                      -Unknown woman
                -Helen A. Thomas
                      -Press photographs of marriage
          -National chairmen
          -Visits to cities
          -North Carolina
                -William F. (“Billy”) Graham

Woods entered at 3:53 pm.

          -Ambassadors
          -Goldthwaite H. Dorr
               -Leonard Garment
               -Refreshments
               -Reception
                     -Hobart D. (“Hobe”) Lewis
               -Schedule
               -Logistics
               -Son
               -New York
          -John H. Alexander
          -Reception on October 13, 1971
               -Citizens for a New Prosperity
                     -Racing drivers
               -Lewis
          -Doar
                                             3

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/10)
                                                               Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)


                -Gift presentation
                -Stephen B. Bull
                -Woods
                -Garment
                      -Supreme Court appointments


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
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[Duration: 6s ]


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     Supreme Court appointment
          -Jewel S. LaFontant
               -Professional experience
               -Judge
                     -William P. Rogers
                     -Chicago
               -Republican
               -Thurgood Marshall
          -Requirements
               -Sammy Davis, Jr.

     The President's schedule
          -Doar
               -Garment
               -Mrs. Nixon
               -Woods
               -Dr. W. Kenneth Riland
               -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins

Woods left at 3:58 pm.

     Supreme Court
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/10)
                                                                        Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)



     The President's schedule
            -Receptions
            -State visits
-Trips to the People's Republic of China [PRC] and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
                        [USSR]
                  -Europe
                        -Great Britain
                        -France
                  -Henry A. Kissinger's activities
            -Handshakes
            -Dwight D. Eisenhower administration
                  -White House staff
                        -Sherman Adams
            -Reception on October 13, 1971
            -John B. Connally
            -Kissinger
            -Camp Hoover

Haldeman left and Charles W. Colson and Louis Harris entered at 4:06 pm.

     The President's previous meeting with ambassadors
          -Chair

     Polls
             -Polling techniques
                   -Colson
             -Economy
                   -Phase II
                         -Phase I
                   -Labor
                         -George Meany
                         -Frank E. Fitzsimmons
                         -I. W. Abel
             -American people
                   -Membership

An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 4:06 pm.

     Refreshments
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/10)
                                                                Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)


The unknown man left at an unknown time before 5:18 pm.

     Labor
          -Leadership
                -Interests
          -Wage demand
                -Construction union
          -Patriotism
                -Jobs
                      -Depression

     Inflation
           -Percentages
                -Compared with previous years
                -Compared with previous nations
                     -Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Italy

An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 4:06 pm.

     [Unintelligible]

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 5:18 pm.

     National economy
          -Indianapolis
                -Joseph W. Alsop
                -Stewart J.O. Alsop
                -Loss of television sets
          -Popular perceptions
          -Borrowing
                -Household Finance Corporation
                -Time payments
                     -Interest rates
          -Devaluation of the dollar
                -Gold standard
                     -Franklin D. Roosevelt
          -Popular approval of the President's politics
                -Upturn of the economy
                -Automobile workers strike
                -Christmas buying spree
                -Money
                                             6

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/10)
                                                                 Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)


                       -Saving accounts
                  -Harris’ views

An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 4:06 pm.

     Refreshments

The unknown man left at an unknown time before 5:18 pm.

     Economy
         -Cabinet
              -Politics
                    -Connally
                    -John A. Volpe
                    -George H. Romney
         -Labor
              -George Meany
                    -Leonard Woodcock
              -Alternatives
                    -Leadership support
                          -Compulsory controls
              -Public board
              -Pay Board
                    -Steel
              -George P. Shultz's comments
                    -Canada
              -Labor
              -Alternatives
                    -Canada
              -Connally's comments
                    -Wage and price controls
                    -Price Board
         -Consumer Price Index [CPI]
         -Wholesale Price Index

     Polls
             -Accuracy
             -Colson
             -Haldeman
             -Definitions
                                             7

                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/10)
                                                              Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)


    Ambassadors
        -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

    Commerce Department
       -Personnel
             -Statisticians
             -Compared with polling organizations
             -Census Bureau
             -Government employees

    National economy
         -Prices
               -Compliance rate
               -Food
         -Dr. [Forename unknown] Teller's statistics
               -Georgetown University
               -Factors
         -Albert E. Sindlinger


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
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[Duration: 5m 18s ]


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         -The President's accomplishments
              -Announcement of Soviet Summit
              -Economic policy
                    -Phase II

    US foreign policy
         -Summits
              -The President’s view
              -Interest
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/10)
                                                               Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)


                -PRC trip
                     -Long-term interests
                -USSR trip
                     -Berlin
                     -Middle East
                     -Arms control
                -PRC
                     -Effect
                -Harris’ assessment
                     -US and Soviet relations
                     -Latitude for US Presidential action
                     -Soviets

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 4:06 pm.

     The President's schedule
          -Reception

Bull left at an unknown time before 5:18 pm.

     US foreign relations
          -Middle East
                -Harris’ assessment
                -Israel
                -Suez Canal
                -Golda Meir
          -Soviet tensions with the West
                -PRC
          -Negotiations with the US
                -Middle East
          -Southeast Asia
          -PRC
          -India and Pakistan
          -Mao Tse Tung
          -Thailand
          -Korea
          -Malaysia
          -Burma
          -Indonesia
                -Japanese
                -Chinese
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/10)
                                                                Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)


            -Southeast Asia
                 -Mao Tse Tung
                 -Japanese
                       -Taiwan
            -Japan
                 -Soviet views
                 -Siberia
                       -Copper development

    Polls
            -Media
            -Presidential standing
                  -Trial heats
                  -Confidence in groups across the country
                        -Supreme Court
                        -Doctors
                        -Educators
                        -Bankers
                        -Religious leaders
                        -Businessmen
                        -Scientists
                        -Governmental groups
                        -Press
                        -Labor leaders
                        -Contrast with 1966
            -Presidential objectives
                  -PRC
                  -USSR
                  -Economy
                  -Peace
                  -Effects on polls
            -The President's standing
                  -Peace
                        -PRC


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 10
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 3m 30s ]
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/10)
                                                               Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)




END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 10

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    Polls
            -Busing
                 -Blame
                      -Racial balance
                           -Congress
                           -Supreme Court
                 -South
                 -Black-White issue

    Prejudice
         -Edward G. Muskie
              -Statement
                     -Vice President
              -Politics
                     -Edward W. Brooke
         -Harris's past survey
              -New York
                     -Jacob K. Javits
                           -Ralph J. Bunche
                                 -Brooke
         -The President's 1968 experience
              -Chicago
                     -Jews
                           -Javits
         -Ticket balancing
              -Vice President
                     -John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 11
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 5m 28s ]
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                         Tape Subject Log
                                           (rev. 10/10)
                                                                  Conv. No. 591-2 (cont.)




END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 11

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     Harris's schedule

     Gift presentation

     The President's schedule
          -Colson's schedule

The President, et al. left at 5:18 pm.