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Start Date: Wednesday, January 31, 1973 1:21 AM

End Date: Wednesday, January 31, 1973 1:57 AM

Participants:

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

Recording Device: White House Telephone

036-126.mp3

NARA Description:

On January 30, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Charles W. Colson talked on the telephone from 8:21 pm to 8:57 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 036-126 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 36-126

Date: January 30, 1973
Time: 8:21 pm - 8:57 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Charles W. Colson.

[See Conversation No. 406-36]

       Reaction to the President’s announcement on Vietnam settlement
            -Colson’s efforts
                   -Morale
                   -Public relations [PR]
            -The President’s opponents
            -Editorials
            -Public Reaction
            -Columnists
            -Television [TV]
                   -John B. Connally
                         -Today Show
                         -Announcement
                         -Algeria
            -Peter Lisagor
                   -Chicago Daily News
            -Washington press corps
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            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. Jul-08)

                                                         Conversation No. 36-126 (cont’d)

     -New York Times
          -Colson’s op-ed article
     -Ronald L. Ziegler
     -Time magazine
          -Hugh S. Sidey
          -Colson’s libel lawsuit
          -The President’s view
          -Issue featuring Marlon Brando
          -Sidey, Jerrold L. Schecter
          -Watergate story
          -Sidey interview
     -Connally, Peter J. Brennan, Elliot L. Richardson
     -Sonny Metz
          -Hartford
          -The President’s courage

Press relations
      -The President’s view
      -George S. McGovern, Jane Fonda
      -Washington Post
             -Administration’s treatment
             -License challenges
      -Libel suit
      -Time and Newsweek
             -TV networks
                   -Cable TV
                   -Movie industry
      -Henry A. Kissinger
             -Interview with Newsweek
                   -Schecter

John A. Scali
     -Senate conformation hearing
     -Background interviews
     -Stewart M. Hensley
     -Time

Press relations
      -Editorials
      -TV coverage
                               -78-

     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                        Tape Subject Log
                          (rev. Jul-08)

                                               Conversation No. 36-126 (cont’d)

-Church service
      -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
             -Rating
      -Philip Hoffman [?]
      -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower
      -Widow of Col. William B. Nolde
             -Prisoners of War [POWs] wives
      -Ronald L. Ziegler briefing
             -Kissinger-Nixon relations
-Colson’s article
      -James B. (“Scotty”) Reston
      -Joseph Kraft
      -Kissinger
      -Dan Rather
      -Thomas W. Braden
      -John F. Osborne
      -Reston and Kraft
             -National Security Council [NSC] staff
-Kissinger’s schedule
      -TV interviews
-PR efforts
      -Bombing
      -Liberal reaction
      -Scali
-Kenneth W. Clawson’s opinion
-The President’s accomplishments
      -People’s Republic of China [PRC] trip
      -1972 Moscow summit
      -May 8, 1972 decision
-Herman Kahn, Sir Robert Thompson
-Henry Cabot Lodge
      -Interview
             -New York Times
-Dr. David K. E. Bruce
      -William J. Baroody, Sr.
-Henry H. (“Joe”) Fowler
-News coverage
      -PR efforts
-Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
      -Possible interviews
                                      -79-

            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                              Tape Subject Log
                                (rev. Jul-08)

                                                       Conversation No. 36-126 (cont’d)

            -Kissinger
     -Connally
            -December 1972 bombing
            -Meeting with Colson
            -Political party switch
                   -Today Show
                   -The President’s policies
     -Brennan
            -Attacks on “Establishment”
                   -Elitists
     -Reston’s article
            -Georgetown
     -Harvard crowd
            -Kissinger
                   -New York Times
                   -Bernard Gewirtzman
                   -The President’s view
                   -Colson’s view
     -Daniel P. Moynihan
     -Intellectuals
            -Colson’s view
     -Colson’s article
            -Response
                   -Reston and Kraft
                   -Ziegler briefing
                   -New York Times
                          -Circulation
                   -Buffalo newspaper
     -Patrick J. Buchanan
     -Barry M. Goldwater
            -Support for the President
                   -Letters
                   -Bombing
     -Donald McI. Kendall
            -Safeway, Giant advertisements
     -Louis P. Harris and Albert E. Sindlinger polls

Vietnam settlement
     -Cease-fire violations
           -Middle East
                                                -80-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Jul-08)

                                                         Conversation No. 36-126 (cont’d)

                         -Israelis
                         -Syrians
                 -Press coverage
                 -POW wives
                 -Missing in Action [MIA] wives
                         -Carol Hanson
             -POW list from Laos
                 -Negotiations

       Press relations
             -Nicholas P. Thimmisch
             -Smith Hempstone, Jr.
             -Kissinger’s schedule
                    -Stewart J. O. Alsop
                    -Rowland Evans and Robert D. Novak
             -Opposition to the President
                    -Michael J. Mansfield
                          -Domestic priorities
                                -“Slums”
             -Reaction to Vietnam settlement
                    -Buchanan
                    -White House press corps
                    -Congressional “Doves”
                    -Victor Lasky
                    -Youngstown Vindicator
                    -Manchester Union Leader