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Start Date: 12-Jun-1973 12:45 PM
End Date: 12-Jun-1973 1:15 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Price, Raymond K., Jr.; Scowcroft, Brent G. (Gen.);
Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building
On June 12, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon, Raymond K. Price, Jr., and Gen. Brent G. Scowcroft met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 12:45 pm to 1:15 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 444-014 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 444-14 Date: June 12, 1973 Time: 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with Raymond K. Price, Jr. Price’s schedule -President’s address to nation about Watergate investigations, April 30, 1973 -Statements about Watergate investigations, May 22, 1973 President’s forthcoming address to nation announcing price control measures -President’s forthcoming economic policy meeting -Tone -Strength, positivity -Content -Status and prospects -Beginning and end of speech -12- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. October-2012) Conversation No. 444-14 (cont’d) -Use of superlatives -Food, clothing, housing -Food prices -Jobs, wages -Food prices -Inflation -Global demand, bad weather -Europe -Actions -Price freeze -Wages -Current exemption from freeze -Duration -Temporary measure -Free economy -Possible effects -Boom contrasted with bust -Black markets, rationing, price increases -Recession -Congress -Free market economy -Price freeze -Duration -Temporary nature -Phase IV -Phase I, Phase II, Phase III -Gasoline prices -White House actions -Congressional action -Possible effects -Congress -Necessity for action -Possible vetoes -Costs to American people -Need for public support Gen. Brent G. Scowcroft talked with the President between 12:52 pm and 12:54 pm. -13- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. October-2012) Conversation No. 444-14 (cont’d) [Conversation No. 444-14A] [Begin telephone conversation] [See Conversation No. 40-29] [End telephone conversation] President’s forthcoming address to nation announcing price control measures -Content -Congressional relations -Tone -Strength, positivity -Content -Goals -Removal of controls -End of speech -Vietnam -Peace -Significance -US-Soviet Union relations -Soviet Summit -Shared responsibility -Opportunity -Dwight D. Eisenhower administration -1955 -“Prosperity without war and without inflation” -Format -Tone -Level of detail -Phase III -Public awareness -George P. Shultz’s role -Ability as salesman -Herbert Stein’s role -Goals of speech -14- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. October-2012) Conversation No. 444-14 (cont’d) -Communication of White House action, care -Compared to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s closing of banks in 1933 -Price freeze -Exemptions -Rents, interest, wages -Public attention -Congressional action -Phase IV -Compared to Phase III -Education of public -Timing of communication initiatives -Forthcoming of Leonid I. Brezhnev meeting -Possible radio talks -Frequency, schedule -Subjects -Budget, food, world markets -Compared to political campaign -Number -Press relations -Contrasted with television [TV] address -Price’s preparation -Program -Conclusion, introduction of speech -Possible meeting with President -Draft review -Timing -Length -Drafts -President’s review Watergate -Firing of H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman -Eisenhower’s relationship with President -John W. Dean, III -White House response -Haldeman’s possible response -Use immunity -15- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. October-2012) Conversation No. 444-14 (cont’d) -Compared with transactional immunity -Grand jury -Compared to James McCord -Press relations -President’s possible resignation -President’s knowledge -Ervin Committee hearings -Media coverage -Dean and Jeb Stuart Magruder -Veracity -Motives -Haldeman, Ehrlichman, John N. Mitchell President’s forthcoming address to nation announcing price control measures -Tone -Confidence -Jobs, money, meat prices Price left at 1:15 pm.