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Start Date: Wednesday, April 5, 1972 7:54 PM

End Date: Wednesday, April 5, 1972 9:30 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Cox, Edward R. F.Cox, Tricia NixonEisenhower, [Dwight] David, IIEisenhower, Julie NixonParker, David N.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")White House operatorNixon, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan)Sanchez, Manolo[Unknown person(s)]Nixon, Richard M. (President)Cox, Edward R. F.Cox, Tricia NixonEisenhower, [Dwight] David, IIEisenhower, Julie NixonParker, David N.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")White House operatorNixon, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan)Sanchez, Manolo[Unknown person(s)]

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:00:25

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:35:53

703a.mp3

703b.mp3

NARA Description:

On April 5, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Edward R. F. Cox, Tricia Nixon Cox, [Dwight] David Eisenhower, II, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, David N. Parker, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, White House operator, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan) Nixon, Manolo Sanchez, and unknown person(s) met in the Oval Office of the White House from 2:54 pm to 4:30 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 703-001 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 703-1

Date: April 5, 1972
Time: 2:54 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Edward R. F. Cox, Tricia Nixon Cox, Dwight David Eisenhower II, Julie
Nixon Eisenhower, David N. Parker and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
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[Duration: 1m 4s ]


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     National Catholic Education Association [NCEA]
          -The President's trip to Philadelphia

     First Family's schedule
           -Review
                 -Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower
                 -Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox
                 -Problem areas
           -American Broadcasting System [ABC] show with Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
                 -Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s previous conversation with Mrs. Nixon
                 -Constance M. (Cornell) (“Connie”) Stuart
                 -People's Republic of China [PRC] trip
                       -Review of films
                       -Voice-over
           -Call to Mrs. Nixon
                 -Stuart

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 2:54 and 4:05
pm.
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[Conversation no. 703-1A]

[See Conversation no. 22-87]

[End of telephone conversation]

     ABC show on PRC trip
         -Assignment
               -Alvin Snyder
                    -Involvement
         -Mrs. Nixon
         -William L. Safire and Patrick J. Buchanan

Julie Nixon Eisenhower talked with Mrs. Nixon at an unknown time between 2:54 and 4:05 pm.

     [Conversation no. 703-1B]

     [See Conversation no. 22-88]

Various persons conferred during the conversation.

[End of telephone conversation]

     ABC show on PRC trip
         -Production
               -Manager
                    -Buchanan
                    -John Reagan (“Tex”) McCrary
         -Script
         -Television consultants
         -Unknown writer
               -Qualifications
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 12s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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         -Review of film
              -Buchanan
                    -Julie Nixon Eisenhower’s choice
         -Film editing


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 22s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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    First Family's schedule
          -Tricia Nixon Cox
          -Julie Nixon Eisenhower
                -Television appearances
                      -Various cities
                            -Scheduling
                      -National television shows
                      -Various media areas
                            -Prime television outlets
                -Projected schedule
                      -Cities
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                 -Timing
           -National television shows
           -Health, Education and Welfare [HEW] spot
           -Media coverage
           -Mike Douglas Show
      -Television coverage of public service appearances
           -Importance of appearances
      -Mike Douglas Show
      -Dinah Shore
      -Local television shows
           -Increased emphasis
           -Northern California
                 -Cities
           -Southern California
                 -Cities
                 -Julie Nixon Eisenhower's trip to Los Angeles
           -New York market outside New York City
                 -Suburban areas
                 -Syracuse, Rochester and Elmira
                       -Excellence of market
                 -Buffalo
-Tricia Nixon Cox
      -Westchester and Suffolk County, New York appearances
      -New York Daily News
-Julie Nixon Eisenhower and Tricia Nixon Cox
      -Talk shows
           -Amount of work
           -Morning shows
                 -Dinah Shore
                 -Size of market
                       -Possible increase in women viewership
           -Dick Cavett
           -Johnny Carson
           -Merv Griffin
                 -Audience compared to Dinah Shore’s
           -Cavett
           -Audiences
           -Cavett
                 -Concentration on issues
                       -Plight of the American Indian
                       -National Cancer Act
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
[Privacy]
[Duration: 18s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5

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             -Radio talk shows as an option
                  -Value
                        -Helen A. Thomas and Frances Lewine
                  -Size of audience in Washington and Los Angeles
                  -Compared with availability of television shows
                  -Call-in shows
                        -Difficulty compared to newspapers
                        -Avoidance
                  -Experiment
                        -Herbert G. Klein
                  -Robert J. Brown
                        -Farmer’s Home Administration [FHA]
                        -Guest on call-in show with Julie Nixon Eisenhower
                  -Issues
                        -Busing
                              -Edward C. Morgan
                              -John W. Dean, III [?]
                        -Drugs
                              -Egil (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr.
                              -Dr. Jerome H. Jaffe
                              -Myles J. Ambrose
                                    -Importance of drug issue
                              -Credit to administration
                              -The President's forthcoming talk
                                    -Timing
                              -Talking points
                                    -Tricia Nixon Cox
                                    -Briefing book
             -Appearances
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                   -Preparation of remarks
                        -John K. Andrews, Jr.
                              -Raymond K. Price, Jr.


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 43s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6

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                         -Price
                   -Drugs
                         -John B. McDonald
                         -Preparation and advice
                               -McCrary
                   -Talking points
                         -Imagination
                   -President’s view
                         -Need for better writing
                               -Reading
                               -Lack of warmth
         -Young people
             -Potential for more events for young people
             -Identification with administration
             -Youth Conference
                   -Invitation to White House
             -An Orange County, California group
                   -Noted in past new summaries
             -Opinions
             -Ivy League
             -Blue-collar youth
                   -High School seniors
                         -Age
                   -Junior colleges
                   -Conservative colleges
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                         -Texas Christian University, Brigham Young University
                   -Support for the President
              -News events
                   -Coverage
                   -Talking points
                   -Small groups
                         -Receiving lines
                               -Advantages of small groups
                                    -Compared to large groups
              -"Rap sessions"
                   -William F. (“Billy”) Graham
              -Image of caring


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7
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[Duration: 38m 55s ]




END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7

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    White House speechwriters
         -Andrews
         -Difficulty of job
         -Speeches
               -Background reading
                     -History and biography
               -Anecdotes
               -Graham and Norman Vincent Peale
                     -Story-telling and parables
                           -Ability


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 5m 8s ]


Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 2:54 pm.

The Eisenhowers, Coxes, Parker and Sanchez left at 4:05 pm.

END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8

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     PRC trip
         -Certificates of attendance
               -Mrs. Nixon
               -Wording of certificate
               -Presentation to participants on trip
                     -Press corps
               -Wording of certificate
                     -Alternatives
                           -Participation
               -Symbolism
                     -Two hands

     The President's schedule
          -Congressional dinner
               -List
                      -Retirees
               -Time and date
                      -Problems
                            -Other meetings and dinners
                                  -William M. Colmer luncheon
                                  -American Society of Newspaper Editors [ASNE] dinner
               -Retirees
                      -Party affiliation
                            -Number of Republicans compared to number of Democrats
                      -Key legislators
                            -Usefulness
               -Invitations
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                      -Congressional leaders not invited
                            -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield, Hugh Scott, Allen J. Ellender,
                             (Thomas) Hale Boggs and Thomas P. (“Tip”) O'Neill, Jr.
                      -Supporters of the President
                            -Chowder and Marching Club
                      -Reserve list
                -Tables
                      -Shape
                -Invitations
                      -Republicans
                            -Numbers
                                 -Compared to Democrats
                                       -Rationale

The President left at an unknown time before 4:30 pm.


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 1m 12s ]


MANOLO SANCHEZ ENTERED AT AN UNKNOWN TIME AFTER 4:05 PM.


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9

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Sanchez left at an unknown time before 4:30 pm.

The President entered at an unknown time after 4:05 pm.

     The President's schedule
          -Congressional retirees dinner
               -Invitations
                      -Date

Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 4:05 pm.
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     Refreshment

Sanchez left at an unknown time before 4:30 pm.

     First Family's schedule
           -White House speechwriters
                -Price
                -Talking points
                      -Preparation


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 10
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 13s ]

END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 10

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     PRC table tennis team visit
         -Place for possible exhibition match
                -Weather
                -East Room
         -Exhibition match
                -Cole Field House at University of Maryland
                      -Julie Nixon Eisenhower
                            -Timing
                -Henry A. Kissinger and Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
                      -North Vietnamese offensive

[Pause]

The President talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 4:05 and 4:30 pm.

     [Conversation no. 703-1C]

     John D. Ehrlichman’s location
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[End of telephone conversation]

     Ehrlichman’s schedule
           -Delivery of speech at Johns Hopkins University

[Pause]

     The President's schedule
          -April 6, 1972 meeting
               -Timing

Haldeman left at 4:30 pm.