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Start Date: Sunday, March 11, 1973 3:03 PM

End Date: Sunday, March 11, 1973 3:19 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")

Recording Device: White House Telephone

037-077.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 11, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman talked on the telephone from 10:03 am to 10:19 am. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 037-077 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 37-77

Date: March 11, 1973
Time: 10:03 am-10:19 am
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

       Gridiron dinner
              -Duration
              -George S. McGovern
                     -Praise of speech
                             -$1,000 welfare plan
                             -Jokes
                             -Reaction of attendees
              -George H.W. Bush
                     -Speech
                             -Quality
              -Songs
                     -Fellowship
                     -[First name unknown] Bramen [?]
                             -Rhode Island

                            -Bramen’s reaction
                     -Morale of attendees
                     -Special guests
                            -Prisoners of War [POWs]
                            -Air Force enlisted man, officer, Foreign Service
                            -Black
                            -Audience response
                            -John Phillip Sousa
                                    -“Stars and Stripes Forever”
                                    -Singers
                                    - 53 -

                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

                              Tape Subject Log
                                (rev. Sept-09)

                                                         Conversation No. 37-77 (cont’d)


            -McGovern's speech
                    -End of Vietnam War
            -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew’s speech
                    -Commendation of McGovern
                           -Joke
       -McGovern's song

POW release
     -H. Ross Perot
            -Texas
            -Welcome for POWs
                    -Leslie T. “Bob” Hope
     -White House function
            -Schedule change
            -Press relations
            -Sammy Davis, Jr.
            -Col. Robinson Risner [?]
            -Importance of timing

President's schedule
       -Cost of Living Council meeting
               -John D. Ehrlichman
               -Departments' views
               -Positive goals

       -POWs
       -Patrick J. Buchanan

Gridiron Dinner
       -President's attendance
              -Republican skit
       -Henry A. Kissinger
              -McGovern
                       -Praise
       -Haldeman's conversation with Robert S. Strauss
              -Opinion of McGovern
                                            - 54 -

                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Sept-09)

                                                              Conversation No. 37-77 (cont’d)


                     -John B. Connally
                             -Jamaica
                             -Song
                     -Charles G. ("Bebe") Rebozo
                             -Routine
                             -Lucy A. Winchester
                             -Rose Mary Woods
                     -Women attendees
                     -Larry Brown
                             -Audience response
                                    -Comparison with POWs
            -Kissinger's song
       POWs’ release
            -White House function
                     -Timing
            -Perot’s event
                     -Astrodome
            -Public reaction
                     -Comparison with football heroes, astronauts
                     -Col. Robinson Risner
                     -Perot's event
                             -President's attendance
                             -National television coverage