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Start Date: Friday, January 5, 1973 1:13 AM
End Date: Friday, January 5, 1973 1:34 AM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Colson, Charles W.;
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On January 4, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 8:13 pm to 8:34 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 035-090 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 35-90 Date: January 4, 1973 Time: 8:13 pm - 8:34 pm Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Charles W. Colson. Vietnam negotiations -Public statements -Henry A. Kissinger’s view -Timing -Melvin R. Laird, William P. Rogers, Kissinger, White House staff, John A. Scali -Press relations -Scali -84- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-90 (cont’d) -Stewart J. O. Alsop -Pham Van Don -Kissinger’s view -Kissinger’s view -Time -Compared to Kissinger -Network coverage -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS] -Compared to Kissinger -Sensitivity -Timing -Harry S. Truman’s memorial service -Talk shows -Kissinger’s forthcoming trip to Paris -Settlement agreement -Kissinger’s view Settlement agreement -Failure -Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Rogers -Laird -Kissinger and public relations [PR] -Cambodia invasion -The President’s November 3, 1969 speech -Colson’s recent conversation with Kissinger -The President’s appearance on television [TV] -Effect -Major confrontation -Louis P. Harris’s article, January 4, 1973 -Kissinger’s credibility on Vietnam War -Kissinger’s skill as negotiator -“Hawks” -Congressional relations -“Hawks” opposition to Charles H. Percy’s resolution supporting the President on Vietnam -Colson’s forthcoming conversation with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -William E. Timmons -Thomas C. Korologos -John G. Tower -Invitations to the White House -85- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-90 (cont’d) -Norris Cotton -Principle -Instruction for Colson -Haldeman, John D. Ehrlichman -Timmons -Clark MacGregor -Congressional schedule -MacGregor -1972 election -Haldeman -Instruction for Colson -Recent conversation with the President -Ehrlichman -Loyalty -Demeanor -1972 election -The President’s meeting with Barry M. Goldwater -Tower -William E. Brock, III -Haldeman -Ehrlichman -Administration failures -1972 election -The President’s Vietnam policies -Correctness -Public statements -Kissinger’s view -Congressional relations -Ehrlichman -Haldeman -George P. Shultz -Scali -Time -Network coverage -Wires -The President’s recent conversation with Haldeman -Congressional relations -End the war legislation -Effect -Washington, DC -86- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-90 (cont’d) -Network coverage -Scali -Congressional relations -End the war legislation -Washington, DC press -Democratic Senators -Washington Post -Network coverage -Tone -Howard K. Smith -Colson's meeting with James Roosevelt -Mood -Roosevelt compared to MacGregor -Possible appointment for Roosevelt -[Franklin D. Roosevelt] -James Roosevelt’s recent call to Colson -Los Angeles Times editorial -Public support for the President -James Roosevelt’s experience -Samuel Rayburn -Dwight D. Eisenhower -Public support for the President -“Hawks” opposition to Percy’s resolution -Ehrlichman -Haldeman -Shultz -House of Representatives -House of Representatives -Office contests -Vote -Gerald R. Ford -Kissinger’s briefing of J. William Fulbright -Kissinger’s briefing of Fulbright -Colson’s recent conversation with Kissinger -Colson’s recent conversation with Kissinger -Kissinger’s mood -Composure -Suspiciousness -Settlement agreement -Kissinger’s view -87- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-90 (cont’d) -Congressional relations -Republicans -Timmons -Compared to Bryce N. Harlow, MacGregor -Technical ability -Compared to inspirational ability -Need for leadership -MacGregor -Korologos -Percy’s resolution -Percy’s resolution -Senate Republican Conference -Office contests -Votes -Percy -Kissinger -Cotton -News coverage -House Republican Conference -Ford -Paul N. (“Pete”) McCloskey, Jr.’s motion -Kissinger -Melvin R. Laird -Briefing of loyalists -January 6, 1973 vote -Effect on North Vietnamese -Kissinger -End the war legislation -Democrats -Kissinger -John J. Rhodes -Instruction for Colson -Haldeman, Ehrlichman -Bipartisan leadership meeting -Republican support for the President -McCloskey -Importance -Resumption of talks -Public opinion -TV -88- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Oct.-07) Conversation No. 35-90 (cont’d) -End of US bombing -Time headline -Rhodes -Laird briefing -Loyalty -Republican support for the President -Goldwater -Letter to the New York Times -Timing -Analogy to Dwight D. Eisenhower -Korean War -US bombing -Purpose -Effect -Distribution -Laird -Loyalists