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Conversation: 020-120

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Start Date: Tuesday, February 29, 1972 7:56 PM

End Date: Tuesday, February 29, 1972 8:16 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Colson, Charles W.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 03:49:35

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 04:09:09

020-120.mp3

NARA Description:

On February 29, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 2:56 pm to 3:16 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 020-120 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 20-120

Date: February 29, 1972
Time: 2:56 pm - 3:16 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

[See Conversation No. 322-10]

     Reaction to the President’s recent trip to the People’s Republic of China [PRC]
          -Skeptics and Democrats
                -President's confidence and poise
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               NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                           Tape Subject Log
                             (rev. 10/06)



-Colson’s conversation with Albert E. Sindlinger and Louis P. Harris
-Harris view
     -Poll timing
-Sindlinger
     -Poll timing
-George H. Gallup poll
     -Donald H. Rumsfeld
     -Poll timing
-The President’s personal image
     -Press
     -Photograph of toast with Chou En-lai
           -Public reaction
     -History of Nixon image
           -Gen. Charles A.J.M. de Gaulle meetings
           -[James] Harold Wilson meetings
     -Novelty of PRC setting
           -Landing in Peking
-Colson sampling of reaction
-Taiwan, Republic of China
     -Washington Post headline
           -The President’s comments to Congressional leaders
     -Dan Rather radio report
-General quality of reporting
     -The President’s comments at airport reception
     -Rather
           -Administration rebuttals
           -Harris call
                 -Taiwan
-Image projection on return
     -Speech
           -Composition
           -Public attention
           -Drama of scene
           -Tone
           -Conveyance of purpose
           -Closing note
-Substance compared to personal image
     -Dwight D. Eisenhower
-Colson's informal poll
     -President's image
           -Confidence
                 -Great Wall of China
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                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)



                         -Forbidden City
                         -Toasting
                    -Toasting with PRC leaders
                         -Television coverage
                    -Television ratings
                         -Prospects
              -Call from Howard K. Smith to Colson
                    -Impression of President
                    -Commentary on trip
                         -Timing
                         -News summaries
                         -Taiwan question
                         -Asia
                               -Military presence and influence


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[Duration: 7m 42s ]


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    Economy
        -Sindlinger poll
             -Results
                   -Consumer attitudes
             -Business indicators
                   -Results
                         -Compared to 1968
             -Money supply
                   -Arthur F. Burns's effort
             -Consumer Price Index [CPI]
                   -Downward movement
                   -Timing
                         -Post wage and price freeze
             -Leading business indicators
                                             86

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)



                     -Herbert Stein feeling
                     -Paul W. McCracken
                     -Stock market reaction
                           -James Cleary view
                           -Sindlinger index
                                -Results


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[Duration: 1m 12s ]

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