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Start Date: 27-Apr-1971 8:04 AM

End Date: 27-Apr-1971 9:43 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Agnew, Spiro T. (Vice President)Irwin, John N., IIConnally, John B.Laird, Melvin R.Mitchell, John N.Blount, Winton M. ("Red"), Jr.Morton, Rogers C. B.Hardin, Clifford M.Lynn, James T.Hodgson, James D.Richardson, Elliot L.Romney, George W.Volpe, John A.Shultz, George P.Bush, George H. W.Ehrlichman, John D.MacGregor, ClarkDavid, Edward E., Jr. (Dr.)Price, Raymond K., Jr.Ziegler, Ronald L.Butterfield, Alexander P.Brown, Robert J.Dole, Robert J.Sohmer, Arthur J.Johnson, Donald E.Lovell, Malcolm R., Jr.

Recording Device: Cabinet Room

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NARA Description:

On April 27, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, and members of the Cabinet, including John N. Irwin, II, John B. Connally, Melvin R. Laird, John N. Mitchell, Winton M. ("Red") Blount, Jr., Rogers C. B. Morton, Clifford M. Hardin, James T. Lynn, James D. Hodgson, Elliot L. Richardson, George W. Romney, John A. Volpe, George P. Shultz, George H. W. Bush, John D. Ehrlichman, Clark MacGregor, Dr. Edward E. David, Jr., Raymond K. Price, Jr., Ronald L. Ziegler, Alexander P. Butterfield, Robert J. Brown, Robert J. Dole, Arthur J. Sohmer, Donald E. Johnson, and Malcolm R. Lovell, Jr., met in the Cabinet Room of the White House from 8:04 am to 9:43 am. The Cabinet Room taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 055-003 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 55-3

Date: April 27, 1971
Time: 8:04 am - 9:43 am
Location: Cabinet Room

The President met with Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, John N. Irwin, II, John B. Connally,
Melvin R. Laird, John N. Mitchell, Winton M. (“Red”) Blount, Rogers C. B. Morton, Clifford
M. Hardin, James T. Lynn, James D. Hodgson, Elliot L. Richardson, George W. Romney, John
A. Volpe, George P. Shultz, George H. W. Bush, John D. Ehrlichman, Clark MacGregor, Dr.
Edward E. David, Jr., Raymond K. Price, Jr., Ronald L. Ziegler, Alexander P. Butterfield, Robert
J. Brown, Robert J. Dole, Arthur J. Sohmer, Donald E. Johnson, and Malcolm R. Lovell, Jr.

     [General conversation/Unintelligible]

     White House Conference on Youth
          -Colorado
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                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                            Tape Subject Log
                              (rev. 10/08)



-Setting
-Power structure
-Richardson’s remarks
-Purpose
-Discussion
-Agenda
-Follow-up
-Interests
-Environment
-Specific concerns of participants
      -Black caucus
      -Recommendations
      -Indochina troop withdrawal
      -Appalachian Commission
            -Coal mining in Appalachia
      -Strip mining
      -Education
      -Guaranteed annual income
      -Amnesty for draft violators and deserters
      -Abolition of private enterprise system
-American youth
      -Representation at conference
            -List of recommendations
            -Groups
            -Representation
                  -Geographic
                  -Demographic
                  -Levels
                  -Age
            -Activists
            -Selection process
            -Tendency toward activism
            -Psychological factor
            -Opinions presented
            -Colleges
                  -Representation
                  -Geographic
                  -Population
                  -Names
            -Adults
                  -Specific interests
            -Voting
                                                8

                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                         Tape Subject Log
                                           (rev. 10/08)



                      -Composition
           -Foreign policy
                -Presence of student editors
           -Legalization of marijuana
                -Position
                -Breakdown
                -Blacks and Chicanos
                -White middle class
           -Texas A & M University
                -Student body
                -Balance of views
                -War withdrawal
                -Minimum income
           -Importance of seeing youth
           -White House staff
           -Recommendations

     President’s April 26, 1971 meeting with bipartisan United Nations committee
          -Henry Cabot Lodge
          -J. William Fulbright
          -Robert A. Taft, Jr.
          -Recommendations
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     United Nations

[To listen to the segment (38s) declassified on 02/28/2002, please refer to RC# E-518.]

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           -Cabinet listening to views
           -Importance of reading
                -Barry M. Goldwater

     Youth conference
         -Views
         -Problems
         -Balance
         -Guidance
         -Recommendations
         -Irwin
                                         9

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/08)



           -Ecology
           -Deep sea
     -Issues
     -Resolutions
     -Recommendations
     -Possible response
     -Stephen Hess
           -Role at conference
     -Proceedings
     -Weather

American youth
    -Failure of leadership
          -Parents
    -Development of leadership
    -Political constituency
          -Television
          -Forum
          -Breakdown of leadership
          -Power structure
          -Richardson
          -Youth versus adults
          -Meetings
                -Environment
                -Polarization of adults and youth
                -Alien body

United Nations Commission
     -Representation
     -Plans
     -Importance of listening

Vietnam
     -Administration policy
           -Youth support
     -President’s meeting with student representatives
     -Youth undecided
     -Polls
           -Youth
                -Political views

Youth conference
                                      10

                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                              Tape Subject Log
                                (rev. 10/08)



     -Representation
          -High school
     -Richardson
     -Representation
          -College students
                -Over-representation
          -Women
          -Blacks
          -Geographical
          -Education levels
     -Resolutions
          -Stabilization of world population
          -Strip mining
          -Reclamation of soils
          -Solutions
     -Elections
          -Faculty
     -Resolutions
     -Communication with youth
     -Involvement
     -Agnew
     -Departmental advisory committees
          -James E. Cheek and Dr. G[eorge] Alexander Heard
          -Youth representation
     -Agencies
          -Involvement of youth

Faculties
     -Colleges
     -Campaigns
     -Voting
     -Assistant deans

Labor market
     -Cabinet
     -Briefing
     -Employment and unemployment
     -Lovell and Brown
     -Categories
     -Manpower Administration
     -Unemployment
           -Statistics
                           11

         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                    Tape Subject Log
                      (rev. 10/08)



-Level
-Manpower organization
-Expectations
-Current levels
-Geographic breakdown
      -Cities
      -Pocket pattern
-Problem categories
-Young people
-Non-white
-Veterans
-Engineers and scientists
-Pattern
-Young people
      -1930's level
      -1960's level
      -Long-term trend
      -Teenagers
            -Non-white
                  -Newark
                  -Cleveland
                  -Percentage
-Non-white
      -All racial groups
      -Excludes Chicanos/Mexican-Americans
      -Variation
      -Blacks
            -Ratio
            -Progress
            -Disproportion
-Veterans
      -Rate
      -Age comparison
      -Lovell
      -Non-attachment to labor market
      -World War II experience
      -Current situation
      -Duration
-Technical workers
      -Engineers
            -Rate
            -Special attention
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              NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                         Tape Subject Log
                           (rev. 10/08)



    -Pattern
          -Black
          -Veteran
          -Urban
          -Young
-Manpower Administration programs
    -Unemployment compensation
          -Insurance
          -Benefits
    -Placement service activities
          -Youth
          -Non-white
          -Veterans
          -Applicants
    -Training and working-training programs
          -Youth
          -Non-white
          -Veterans
                -GI bill
          -Disadvantaged
          -Services
-Employment Service activities
    -Placement
    -Activities
    -Summer programs
    -Federal employees
    -Youth
    -Non-whites
          -Manpower programs
    -Jobs programs
          -Numbers
          -Construction field
                -Timetables for minorities
                -Apprenticeship programs
                -Veterans
                      -Special programs
                      -Publicity efforts
                      -Unemployment compensation program
                      -Right-to-a-job program
                      -Defense Department program
          -Scientists and engineers
                -National registry
                                   13

               NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                           Tape Subject Log
                             (rev. 10/08)



                 -Job counseling workshops
                 -Southern California program
                 -Job search program
                 -On-the-job-training
                 -Reconversion of skills program
           -Apprenticeship program
                 -Funding
                 -Minorities
                 -Construction trades
                 -Trainees
                 -Minorities
                 -Veterans
                 -Outreach
-Manpower programs
     -Funds
     -Administration’s support
     -Welfare reform program
-Manpower Administration
     -Role
     -Economic policy
     -Problem areas
-Long-term problems
     -Youth
     -Minorities
-Short-range problems
     -Veterans
     -Engineers and scientists
     -Geographical pockets
           -West Coast
           -Cape Kennedy
           -Long Island
           -Boston area
           -Allocation of resources
     -Rural areas
           -Non-problem area
           -Appalachia
           -Rocky Mountain area
     -Geographical areas
           -California
           -Pacific Northwest
           -California
                 -Metropolitan areas
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              NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                         Tape Subject Log
                           (rev. 10/08)



                 -Impact
                 -Aerospace industry
                       -Unemployment
                 -Defense and government procurement
                 -San Diego
                 -San Jose
                 -Orange County
           -Government procurement
                 -Effect
                 -Unemployment
           -Unknown man’s conversation with Dan Rath [sp?]
     -Dallas
           -Unemployment
     -Houston
     -California
           -Electronics industry
           -Aerospace industry
     -Houston
           -Labor market
     -Houston compared with Los Angeles
           -Houston
                 -Growth
                 -Port facility
                 -Population
     -California
           -Los Angeles
                 -Building trades
     -Chicago
     -Ohio
     -Indiana
     -Pennsylvania
-Light construction industry
     -Employment
     -California
           -Minorities
           -Government contracts
-Geographic areas
     -California
           -Supersonic Transport
           -Boeing Corporation
           -Lockheed
     -Contracts
                                               15

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/08)



                -Unemployment
                -General Services Administration contracts
           -Public attitude
                -Vietnam
                       -My Lai
                -Advisory groups
                -Veterans

[A transcript of the following portion of the conversation was prepared under court order from
December 1978 through March 1979, for Special Access [SA] 8, Ronald V. Dellums, et al. v.
James M. Powell, et al. No. 71-2271. The National Archives and Records Administration
produced the transcript. The National Archives does not guarantee its accuracy.]

     [General conversation/Unintelligible]

The President, et al. left at 9:43 am