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Start Date: Sunday, December 19, 1971 8:10 PM

End Date: Sunday, December 19, 1971 8:36 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Colson, Charles W.[Unknown person(s)]

Recording Device: White House Telephone

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 04:00:51

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 04:25:07

016-120.mp3

NARA Description:

On December 19, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Charles W. Colson, and unknown person(s) talked on the telephone from 3:10 pm to 3:36 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 016-120 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 16-120

Date: December 19, 1971
Time: 3:10 pm - 3:36 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

The President conferred with an unknown person.

     Colson’s schedule

     President’s schedule
          -President’s tip to new York City, December 18-19. 1971
                -Upcoming Time magazine interview [“Man of the Year”]

     John B. Connally

     Group of Ten finance meeting
         -Connally
               -Accomplishments
                     -Agreement
                     -Understandable to American public
         -Clark MacGregor, Congressional leaders, Treasury Department
               -Discussions with Colson
               -Monetary settlement
         -Press
               -Favorable reaction
               -Peter G. Peterson
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                -Jobs forecast
                      -Future news report
                           -Less emphasis on cost of living
     -Japanese
          -Automobiles

Publicity photographs
     -Unknown Cuban woman
           -Unknown Black woman
                -Council on Aging

Economy
    -Adjournment of 92nd Congress

Media
    -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
         -Richard S. Salant, President CBS News
               -Charlie [Surname unknown]
                     -Daniel L. Schorr
    -CBS
         -Positive coverage
         -CBS Christmas television special
               -Dan Rather’s’ forthcoming interview with the President
         -Time
               -President’s Christmas message
               -”Today Show”
               -”CBS Evening News”
                     -Coverage
                          -John W. Chancellor
                          -Schorr
                          -Negative coverage
                          -Salant

Economy
    -Stock market
          -United Press International [UPI] report
          -Weekend wrap-up
               -Optimism
                      -Gross National Product [GNP]
                           -Upcoming numbers
    -Paul W. McCracken
          -Retail sales
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                                Tape Subject Log
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                -Compared to 1969
                      -Gains
                            -Gross National Product [GNP]
                                  -McCracken
                                  -Tremendous growth
     -George P. Shultz
          -Money supply
                -Arthur F. Burns
                      -Increase and decreased money supply
                -Milton Friedman
                -Burns
                -Connally
                      -International monetary issues
                            -Shultz’s proposed meeting with Burns
                -Friedman
                      -Letter
                            -Chicago banker
                                  -Respect from Burns
                                  -Status of US economy
                            -Burns’ concern
                                  -Timing

Campaign
    -Voters
         -Haynes B. Johnson’s and David S. Broder’s articles in Washington Post
               -Critical of President
                     -Comparison to last year
         -Political parties
               -Lack of great, charismatic national leaders
                     -Johnson and Broder criticized
                            -Anti-establishment
               -Douglas L. Hallett [?]
                     -Analysis
               -Alienation
                     -Theme
                     -Ronald L. Ziegler
                     -Johnson and Broder
                            -Criticism of article
               -Charles Kuralt series
                     -Donald Oberdorfer, Jr.
                            -Positive in tone
                                  -Opposite to Johnson and Broder’s article
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                                       -Colson’s view
             -Issues
                   -Economy


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             -Vietnam
                  -Louis Harris
                        -Polls
             -Gallup poll
                  -Democrats
                        -Economy
                        -Vietnam
                              -Public opinion of Democrats and Republicans
                  -Vietnam
                  -People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                  -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]


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[Duration: 2m 56s ]


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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                          Tape Subject Log
                                            (rev. 10/06)



                  -Role of President
                        -Image
                  -Economy
                  -India-Pakistan War
                        -Importance
                        -John A. Scali
                        -Joseph C. Kraft
                        -Bangladesh
                             -Public apathy
                             -Economic worries
             -Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS]
                  -Unknown man
                        -Shultz
             -Money supply
                  -Burns and Friedman
                        -Unsettled