Conversation: 597-003Prev: 597-002 Next: 597-004
Start Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1971 1:28 PM
End Date: Wednesday, October 20, 1971 4:20 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob"); White House operator; Harlow, Bryce N.; Ziegler, Ronald L.; Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob"); [Unknown person(s)]; Bull, Stephen B.; Haig, Alexander M., Jr.;
Recording Device: Oval Office
Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:15:31
Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:56:34
On October 20, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, White House operator, Bryce N. Harlow, Ronald L. Ziegler, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, unknown person(s), Stephen B. Bull, and Alexander M. Haig, Jr. met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:28 am to 12:20 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 597-003 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 597-3 Date: October 20, 1971 Time: 9:28 am - 12:20 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Congress -Wayne L. Hays -Unknown event -Secret Service uniformed policeman -North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] meeting -Voting record -Harry S. Dent -William E. Timmons -Hays -Guest list for White House function -Clark MacGregor -Josip Broz Tito dinner -White House police -Reaction -Michael J. Mansfield amendment -Charles W. Whalen, Jr. -Republican -Supporters of Administration’s position -Democrats -Dent's activities -Democrats -O. Clark Fisher -The President's endorsement -Democrats -Vietnam War -House of Representatives -George H. Mahon -David N. Henderson -North Carolina -Leslie C. Arends -Robert C. Wilson -Employees -Incumbents -Dent 3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Senate candidates -Financing -Support for the Administration Supreme Court appointments -Leaks -American Bar Association [ABA] -John D. Ehrlichman's staff -The President's role -G. Harrold Carswell -Leaks -State Department -Henry A. Kissinger's office -Economic program example -The President's candidate -John N. Mitchell -Philadelphia -ABA -The President's announcement -Television The President's schedule -Florida John B. Connally's schedule -Texas -California -Bankers meeting in San Francisco -Ranch -Possible meeting with the President for October 26, 1971 The President's schedule -Possible press conference, October 27, 1971 -Kissinger's return -Paris -Press conference -Vietnam -Soviet announcement -Meeting with Kissinger, October 25, 1971 -Budget meeting, October 26, 1971 -Meeting with Ehrlichman, October 26, 1971 4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Connally -Nobusuke Kishi -Textile Agreement -Forthcoming meeting with the President -William P. Rogers and George H. W. Bush, October 21, 1971 -Kishi -White House dinner -Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Bush -Kishi Unknown White House staff member [Connally ?] -Compared with the White House staff members -Bryce N. Harlow -Robert P. Mayo The President's schedule -The President's work habits -Pace -Visitors -Jack Pardee -Maxie Baughan -Public relations -Open door office hour -Previous meeting with Multiple Sclerosis Society -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon -Kishi -Dinner -Mrs. Nixon -Republican Women Reception -Blair House -F Street Club -John S.D. Eisenhower -Peter G. Peterson -David M. Kennedy -Foreign Service -Rogers -State Department -Marshall Green -Rogers -U. Alexis Johnson 5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Members of Congress -Japanese Ambassador -Haig -Kishi's party -Mitchell -Arthur F. Burns -George P. Shultz -Paul W. McCracken -Ezra Solomon -Time, dress -Entrance -Music -Honor guard -Photographers -Connally -Schedule -Texas -Wright Patman Connally -Lyndon B. Johnson -Health The President's schedule -Kishi dinner -Maurice H. Stans -Peterson -David M. Kennedy -Interpreters -Winton M. (“Red”) Blount -Postal situation -Board of Governors -Kishi -Timing of dinner -Republican woman -Kishi -Unknown location -Florida -Haldeman's schedule -Proposed meeting with Peter H. B. Frelinghuysen -India, Pakistan, Greece 6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Frelinghuysen’s visit -Haig -Agha Sadruddin Khan -United Nations [UN] High Commission for Refugees -Pakistani refugees -UN -US response -Public relations -Rogers -Kissinger -Francis L. Kellogg -The President’s view -Vietnam veterans -South Vietnam -Hospitals -Charles W. Colson, Haig, Herbert G. Klein, John A. Scali, Ronald L. Ziegler -Colson -Possible press coverage -Thomas Vail -Klein, Ziegler -Interview -Kishi -Klein -National Catholic Youth Organization Federation -Director, Catholic Youth Activity -Monsignor Leonard -Sheraton-Park Hotel -Officers -Crown Prince of Ethiopia -The President’s view -The President's forthcoming trip to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] Secretary of Agriculture appointment -John C. Whitaker -Possible candidates -Criteria -Henry L. Bellmon -Earl L. Butz -Norbert (“Bobby”) Tieman -Harlow -Louie B. Nunn 7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Butz -The President’s view -Bellmon -Mitchell’s view -Senate seat -Edmond Edmonson -[Forename unknown] Wilkinson -David E. Bartlett -Mitchell’s view -Qualifications -Butz -Tieman -Harlow -Nunn -Butz -The President’s view -Bellmon -Farm Bureau -Vocation -Clifford M. Hardin -Age -Experience -Harlow -Bellmon -Clarence D. Palmby -Butz -Hardin -Palmby -Butz -Bellmon -Palmby -Unintelligible name -Democrats -Fred R. Harris -Edmondson -Bellmon -Bartlett -Wilkinson The President's schedule -Vail 8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Interviews -Dinner Mrs. Nixon's schedule -Marilyn B. (“Missy”) Chandler [Mrs. Otis Chandler] -Arts Council -F Street Club -JoAnn (Horton) Haldeman Secretary of Agriculture appointment -Possible candidates -Bellmon -Mitchell -Butz -Robert R. Spitzer -Whitaker -Hyde Murray -Bellmon -Palmby -Butz -Bellmon -Whitaker -Palmby -Harlow -Farmers -Farm states -Butz -Vocation -Bellmon -Harlow, Thomas Hart -Bellmon The President talked with White House operator at an unknown time between 9:25 am and 10:23 am. [Conversation No. 597-3A] [See Conversation No. 11-158] [End of telephone conversation] 9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) Cabinet appointment -Harlow -Connally -Qualifications -Bellmon Cabinet -Rogers -Connally -Support for the President -Statements -Jack J. Valenti The President talked with Bryce N. Harlow between 10:23 am and 10:35 am. [Conversation No. 597-3B] [See Conversation No. 11-159] [End of telephone conversation] Secretary of Agriculture appointment -Butz -Mitchell -Harlow -Ezra Taft Benson -Bellmon Appointment to the UN -Haldeman's conversation with Rogers -Andrew F. Brimmer -Ralph Bunche -U Thant -Successor Ziegler entered at 10:35 am. Supreme Court appointments -Relations with the news media -Mitchell’s schedule -Philadelphia 10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Timing of announcement -Selections -Mitchell -Names under consideration -ABA -Timing of announcement -ABA -ABA -Possible veto power -Name submissions -Warren E. Burger -Mitchell -Mildred L. Lillie and Herschel H. Friday -The President's position News media's actions -People's Republic of China [PRC] trip -Economic policy -Soviet trip Supreme Court appointments -ABA -Burger -Press -Timing of announcement Nobel Peace Prize -Willy Brandt -Announcement -The President’s view -Soviets -Kissinger -Rogers -Gerard C. Smith -Brandt Relations with the media -Mary McGrory -Kissinger -Peking -Peter Lisagor 11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Klein, Scali -New York Times -Lisagor -Klein, Scali -Robert B. Semple, Jr. -Kissinger -Joseph A. Kraft -Lisagor -Martin Z. Agronsky's television show -Ziegler's schedule, October 19, 1971 -Theodore H. White -Press -Lisagor -John F. Osborne -Lisagor -Klein -Bill Potter of Baltimore Sun -Lisagor -Klein -Ziegler's relationship with Lisagor -[Forename unknown] Sutherland -The President's schedule for 1972 -White House correspondents' dinner -Gridiron dinner -Cabinet officers -Supreme Court -White House photographers' dinner -Entertainment -Lyndon B. Johnson -Ziegler's relationship with the press -Newsweek, Los Angeles Times -Marty Schram -Los Angeles Times -Newsday magazine -PRC trip -Priorities -Wire services -Magazines -Television -New York Times -Associated Press [AP], United Press International [UPI] 12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) Ziegler left at 10:58 am. Employment -Jonathan C. Rose -California -Office of Management and Budget [OMB] -Federal employment reduction -Department of Defense -Personnel policies -Public broadcasting -Peace Corps -Rose -Department of Health, Education and Welfare [HEW], Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD], Department of Transportation, Peace Corps -Defense -Shultz -Budget cuts Eliot Janeway -Comments Personnel -Burns -Kissinger -Connally -Stans -Donald H. Rumsfeld -Governors, Senate -Flanigan -Talent survey -Frederic V. Malek's work -Gordon Gray -Talent searches -Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Detroit Textile Agreement -Peterson -Media's opinion -Administration's tactics -Rogers 13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Stans -Kennedy -Peterson -Kissinger US foreign policy -Rogers -Trip -Kissinger -USSR -Andrei A. Gromyko -PRC -USSR -Kissinger -Haig and Dwight L. Chapin -John H. Holdridge And Chapin -Stans -USSR -Kissinger -PRC -Personnel for trip -Congressmen -USSR -Visit by governors -Mansfield -Hugh Scott -Senate -Haig -Rogers -Stans -Rogers -USSR trip -Kissinger -Media -Washington Star story -Haldeman's conversation with Haig -Kissinger -Impact on US foreign policy -Nixon's role -PRC, USSR -Romania 14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Vietnam -Bombing Ziegler entered at 11:14 am. Possible media inquiry -Brandt -Haig's view -Nobel Peace prize -The President's reaction Ziegler left at 11:16 am. The President's schedule -Forthcoming meeting with Ehrlichman -John R. Price, Jr. -Proposed radio address for veterans -Robert Allen -Rose Mary Woods -Responses to question -Media -The President's relations with reporters -Woods -Robert H. Abplanalp -Charles G. (“Bebe”) Rebozo -Ehrlichman -Tax cut US foreign policy -Haig -Rogers -Moscow trip plans -Haldeman's forthcoming conversation -Rogers -Possible trip to USSR -Stans -Trade -Kissinger H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 11:16 am and 11:23 am. 15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) [Conversation No. 597-3C] Talking papers [End of telephone conversation] Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 11:16 am. Meeting with Haig Bull left at an unknown time before 11:23 am. Media impressions -The President's conversation with Harlow -Mitchell -Comments about the President -The President's physical appearance -Health -Comparisons -Johnson -John F. Kennedy -Dwight D. Eisenhower -Health -Franklin D. Roosevelt -Portrait of Dorian Gray Haig entered at 11:23 am. The President’s trip to the USSR -Rogers -Kissinger -Washington Star story on Sunday October 17, 1971 -Story on foreign policy credits by George Sherman -Kissinger -PRC, Romania -Rogers -Haig's conversation with Kissinger -Kissinger -Connally -Schedule 16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Rogers -Kissinger -Moscow -Compared with Kissinger in Peking -The President’s view -Kissinger -Leonid I. Brezhnev -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -The President’s view -Trade talks in Moscow -Stans -Brezhnev -Dobrynin -Timing -NATO meeting -PRC trip -Moscow trip -Advance staff -Jacob D. Beam -Stans -US relations with USSR -Kissinger’s involvement -Middle East -Dobrynin -Rogers -Possible visit -Soviet view -European Security Conference -NATO -Rogers -Dobrynin -Martin J. Hillenbrand -Gromyko -Middle East -European Security Conference -Kissinger -NATO -The President’s view -Other negotiations -Dobrynin's contacts with administration -European Security Conference 17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Europeans -Brandt -Time magazine -Man of the Year -The President’s view -Nobel Prize -Martin Luther King, Jr. -Possible Soviet Summit -Secretary of State's role -The President’s view -Kissinger -Robert H. Finch -Latin America -Connally -Asia -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Greece -European countries -Preliminary work for Four-power meeting -NATO -British position -Paris meeting -Possible European tour -Consultations with allies -Possible Latin American consultations -Finch -Brazil, Venezuela -Brazilia -Mexico City -Haig's assignment -Kissinger -Possible Latin American venture -Timing -Surcharge -Kissinger -Charles A. Meyer -The President’s view -Rogers’s role -Finch -Haig’s responsibility -Meyer 18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Haldeman -Organization of American States [OAS] -Emilio Garrastazu Medici -Visit to US -Brazil -Brazilia -Rio de Janeiro -Possible European tour -NATO meeting -Kissinger -Possible Presidential meeting with Western European leaders -Timing -Haig’s view -Moscow trip -Peking trip -Rogers -Georges J.R. Pompidou -Kissinger -Ecuador -Fishing nights -Role of the State Department -Africa -Latin America -Organization of African Unity [OAU] -The President’s view -Mrs. Nixon’s forthcoming trip -Liberia -Asia -Connally -European meeting -Haig’s conversation with Kissinger -NATO -Kissinger -Security Conference -Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty [SALT] -Pompidou -Belgium, Holland, Greece, Turkey -British -Walter H. Annenberg -Paris -US embassy 19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Pompidou -Arthur K. Watson -Rogers -Paris -Latin America -Rogers -Finch Forthcoming UN vote on Taiwan -US actions -Greeks -Agnew’s actions -Turks -Venezuela -Oil exports -Argentina -Haig’s assessment -Bush -Ghana -Israel -Yitzhak Rabin -Rogers Haig left at 11:58 am. Rogers -European Security Conference -The President’s view -Kissinger -Travel plans -Europe, Latin America The President's schedule -Europe -Big Four -Rogers -Holland -Luxembourg -NATO Rogers 20 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Melvin R. Laird Latin America -Democrats possible issue -Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico US foreign policy -Latin America -Possible Presidential trip -Mexico -Canada -Possible Presidential trip -Aleksei N. Kosygin's visit -Demonstrations -The President's possible schedule -USSR -PRC -Length of trip -Official dinner -Itinerary -Kosygin's visit -Foreign visitors to the US -Soviets -Tito -Washington -Los Angeles -European trip -Rogers -Kissinger -Democrats issues -Latin America Economy -School milk -Casper W. Weinberger, George P. Shultz -Parents' ability to pay -Burns -Connally -Invitation to White House dinner -Connally -Federal Reserve Board [FRB] appointment 21 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 10/06) Conv. No. 597-3 (cont.) -Connally -Unknown man from Texas -Connally’s view Personnel -Romana A. Banuelos -Senate confirmation -Harris -Vance Hartke -Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times news service -AP -UPI US foreign policy -Soviet trip -Kissinger -Rogers -The President's forthcoming meeting with Chou En-lai -The President’s instructions -Kissinger -Rogers -Kissinger -The President’s instructions -Haig -Mao Tse-tung -Interpreters Haldeman left at 12:20 pm.