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Start Date: Wednesday, February 28, 1973 1:15 PM

End Date: Wednesday, February 28, 1973 2:01 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Usery, Willie J., Jr.

Recording Device: Oval Office

865-006.mp3

NARA Description:

On February 28, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, and Willie J. Usery, Jr. met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 8:15 am and 9:01 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 865-006 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 865-6

Date: February 28, 1973
Time: Unknown between 8:15 am and 9:01 am
Location: Oval Office

The President dictated a memorandum to H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.
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                 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. Mar.-09)
                                                           Conversation No. 865-6 (cont’d)



      Employment of minorities and ethnics
            -Failure to follow President's directives
            -Frederick V. Malek's approach
            -Competency
                    -Transportation Department
            -Appointments
                    -Ambassadors
                    -Advisory committees
                    -Percentage of minority
                            -Goal
            -Mexicans
                    -Anne L. Armstrong
                            -Tejanos, Californeros
                    -Robert F. Finch, Patricia R. Hitt
            -Poles, Italians, Mexicans
            -Eastern Europeans
            -Political commitments
                    -Effect of inaction
            -Italian appointments compared with Polish, Eastern European, Mexican
                    -Michael P. Balzano, Jr.
            -Blacks
                    -John D. Ehrlichman
                    -Symbolism
                    -Job losses
                    -Prestige positions

       Congressional relations
             -Social events at White House
                     -Ehrlichman, Haldeman, and William E. Timmons
             -Meetings with small groups
                     -Ehrlichman, Gerald R. Ford, Hugh Scott
                     -Vetoes
                     -Demands of President’s time
                     -Bryce N. Harlow, Clark McGregor, Timmons, George H. W. Bush,
Ehrlichman
                     -Recommendation
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                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Mar.-09)
                                                               Conversation No. 865-6 (cont’d)


The President talked with Willie J. Usery, Jr. between 8:42 am and 8:43 am.

[Conversation No. 865-6A]

[See Conversation No. 37-3]

[End of telephone conversation]

       Congressional relations
             -Certain individual groups to be emphasized
                     -Republican, Democratic supporters
             -Need for plan
                     -Maurice H. Stans
                     -Timing
             -Efficacy of social events
                     -Evenings at White House, Church services
                     -Substantive talks

The President finished dictating at an unknown time before 9:01 am.