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Conversation: 034-092

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Start Date: Friday, December 15, 1972 10:55 PM

End Date: Friday, December 15, 1972 11:23 PM

Participants:

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

Recording Device: White House Telephone

034-092a.mp3

034-092b.mp3

NARA Description:

On December 15, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 5:55 pm to 6:23 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 034-092 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 34-92

Date: December 15, 1972
Time: Between 5:55 and 6:23 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

       George D. Webster
            -Internal Revenue Service [IRS]
                  -Violations
                        -John W. Dean, III report
                        -William J. Casey
                        -Audit
                              -1967, 1966
                  -Administration support
                        -Colson’s relationship with Webster
                              -Law firm
                                    -[Marmet & Webster]
                        -George P. Shultz
                        -Audit
                              -Democrats
                              -Barry M. Goldwater
                              -Howard H. Baker, Jr.
                              -Lawyers for Nixon
            -Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr.
            -G. Harrold Carswell
            -John H. Alexander
            -Webster’s publications
                  -Tax law
                        -Conferences
            -Background
                  -Tennessee
                  -Harvard Law School
            -Cravath, Swain & Moore
            -[Marmet & Webster]
                                           -73-

                  NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. Dec.-07)

                                                           Conversation No. 34-92 (cont’d)

      David E. Bradshaw
           -Illinois
           -Conversation with the President
                  -Key Biscayne
           -Federal Communications Commission [FCC]
                  -Colson’s conversation with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman and John D.
                   Ehrlichman
                  -Dean Burch
                        -Arizona Senate race
                  -Views on networks
                  -Finances
                  -Nicholas Johnson
                  -Timing
                        -Burch


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      The President’s health

[End segment reviewed under deed of gift]
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      White House social affairs
           -Reception for 1972 election supporters, December 15, 1972
                -Guests
                      -Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Tricia Nixon Cox, Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
                      -John McCarroll
                      -Refreshments
                      -Music
                      -Decorations
                             -Mrs. Nixon
           -Administration supporters
                -Blair House, December 14, 1972

      Republicans
           -Complaints
                 -Administration labor policy
                                             -74-

                  NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Dec.-07)

                                                              Conversation No. 34-92 (cont’d)

                       -Golf
                               -George Meany
                               -Business people

      Labor relations
           -White House reception, December 14, 1972
           -Frank E. Fitzsimmons
           -Joseph (“Joe T.”) Trerotola
           -[International Brotherhood of Teamsters]
                  -Harold J. Gibbons
           -Peter J. Brennan
                  -Labor Department
                        -Photographs of the President
                              -Comment to the President in reception line
                              -George P. Shultz and James D. Hodgson
                              -Brennan order
                                    -Robert F. Armao
                                          -Nelson A. Rockefeller
                                          -Hodgson
                                    -US flags
                                    -Shultz, Hodgson
                        -Bureau of Labor Statistics [BLS]
                              -Geoffrey H. Moore
                              -William J. Usery, Jr.
                                    -J[ames] Curtis Counts
                        -John F. Kennedy pictures
                  -Mood
                        -White House dinners
           -White House dinners


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                 -Mrs. Nixon
                 -Julie Nixon Eisenhower

[End segment reviewed under deed of gift]
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                                     -75-

           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                              Tape Subject Log
                                (rev. Dec.-07)

                                                       Conversation No. 34-92 (cont’d)


White House social affairs
     -Receptions
          -Identification with the President, Mrs. Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower
          -Mrs. Fred Gualtieri
                 -Reaction to the President, December 13, 1972
                       -Press relations
                             -Invitations list
                             -Andrew Jackson analogy
                                    -New Majority
                             -Helen Thomas
                                    -Newsweek
                             -Neal Ball
                             -Invitations list
                             -Blacks
                             -Washington Post
                             -New York Times
                             -Beautiful people
                                    -Kennedy era
                             -McCarroll
                                    -United Auto Workers [UAW]
                                    -Telephone call from the President
                                    -The President’s speech
     -Labor relations
          -Fitzsimmons
                 -Comments about Gibbons
                 -Colson
                 -Trerotola
          -Teamsters
                 -Membership

1972 election
     -Victory margin
            -The President’s conversation with Colson, December 14, 1972
            -Arizona
            -Richard M. Scammon
                  -White House church service
            -Missouri
            -Lyndon B. Johnson
            -West Virginia
                                      -76-

            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. Dec.-07)

                                                        Conversation No. 34-92 (cont’d)

           -Arizona
                 -Scammon

White House social affairs
     -Receptions
          -1972 election strategy
          -Flag wearing
          -John A. Volpe
          -Brennan

John A. Scali
     -Washington Star
     -Italian-Americans
            -Blair House
     -United Nations [UN] ambassadorship
            -Cabinet status
                  -The President’s conversation with Scali

Mitchell Kobelinski
     -Polish-Americans
     -White House reception, December 15, 1972
     -Immigration and Naturalization Service [INS]
     -Unknown person from Chicago

Media relations

William S. Paley
      -Conversation with Colson, December 14, 1972
      -Herbert G. Klein
      -Forthcoming meeting with Colson
      -Balance
            -Dan Rather
      -Robert Pierpont
            -[Arnold] Eric Severeid
            -Walter L. Cronkite, Jr.
            -Daniel L. Schorr
            -Klein
            -Meeting with Colson
                  -Klein
                  -Balance
                                          -77-

                 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                   Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. Dec.-07)

                                                             Conversation No. 34-92 (cont’d)


     Edward M. Kennedy speech
         -Colson’s conversation with Charles G. (“Bebe”) Rebozo, December 15, 1972
         -Tone
         -W[illiam] Averell Harriman
         -Presidential popularity
         -Kennedy’s relations with administration
               -Future

     Media relations
          -Paley’s forthcoming meeting with Colson
          -1972 election
          -Garnett D. (“Jack”) Horner’s interview with President
          -Colson’s recent speech
                 -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
          -Washington Star leaks
          -Clay T. (“Tom”) Whitehead
                 -Forthcoming speech

      Webster
          -Administration support
          -Confirmation
               -Audit
                     -Possible reason
                           -Republican activism
               -William E. Brock, III
                     -Possible telephone call from Colson


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      Health

[End segment reviewed under deed of gift]
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      Vietnam negotiations
           -Henry A. Kissinger briefing, December 16, 1972
                                              -78-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Dec.-07)

                                                              Conversation No. 34-92 (cont’d)

                   -Tone
             -US bombing
                   -Timing
                   -Colson’s recent conversation with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
                   -Public relations [PR]
             -Kissinger’s briefing
                   -The President’s comments at December 14, 1972 meeting
             -US bombing
                   -PR
                         -Peace with honor
                   -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman’s conversation with the President
                   -Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW]
                   -American Legion
                   -Hardhats
                   -Meany
                         -Kissinger
                                -Catholicism
                                -Judaism
                   -Marvin L. Kalb’s possible reaction

       Media relations
            -White House receptions
            -Middle America

       1972 election
            -Victory margin
                   -Colson and Scammon