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Start Date: 21-Oct-1971 10:55 AM

End Date: 21-Oct-1971 11:40 AM


Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")White House operatorConnally, John B.Ziegler, Ronald L.

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 01:40:09

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:18:21




NARA Description:

On October 21, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, White House operator, John B. Connally, and Ronald L. Ziegler met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 10:55 am to 11:40 am. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 281-026 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 281-26

Date: October 21, 1971
Time: 10:55 am - 11:40 am
Location: Executive Office Building

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

     The President's schedule
          -Telephone calls
               -The President’s instructions
               -Warren E. Burger
               -Rose Mary Woods’ role
               -John A. Volpe
               -Woods’ role
               -Herbert G. Klein
                      -Statements on the President's Supreme Court appointees

     Supreme Court appointments
          -Media comments

     Pay Board appointment
               -Selection process

The President talked with White House operator at an unknown time between 10:55 am and
11:04 am.

[Conversation No. 281-26A]

[See Conversation No. 12-35]

[End of telephone conversation]


                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 281-26 (cont.)

          -John N. Mitchell
          -Robert H. Finch
          -John B. Connally
          -Melvin R. Laird
          -Use of Presidential plane

The President talked with John B. Connally between 11:04 am and 11:14 am.

[Conversation No. 281-26B]

[See Conversation No. 12-36; two items have been withdrawn from the conversation]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Telephone calls

     Supreme Court nominations
          -American Bar Association [ABA]
              -Ronald L. Ziegler’s press briefing

         -Pay Board
               -Contrasted with the Price Commission
               -Confidence of business community
               -Importance of appointment

     Willy Brandt's winning of Nobel Peace Prize

     People's Republic of China [PRC] initiative

     Time magazine
          -Man of the Year
              -Henry A. Kissinger
                    -William P. Rogers
              -The President
              -Letters from advertisers
              -The President
                    -Administration’s accomplishments

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                 Conv. No. 281-26 (cont.)

                 -Hedley W. Donovan

     Nobel Peace Prize
         -The President
         -Gerard C. Smith
         -The President

     Supreme Court nominations
          -William L. Safire
                -Background story
          -Raymond K. Price, Jr.
          -Richard A. Moore

Ziegler entered at 11:25 am.

     Supreme Court appointees
          -Possible responses to the media
               -Ziegler's schedule
               -Attorney General
                      -Role in selection process
                      -Herschel H. Friday
               -Dan Rather
                            -John L. McClellan
                      -John A. Scali
               -Possible responses by Ziegler

Ziegler left at 11:30 am.

     The President's schedule
          -The President's meeting with Ruth Voss
               -Francis L. Dale
               -Volunteer efforts

     Public relations
          -Rose Mary Woods
                 -Possible role


                                   Tape Subject Log
                                     (rev. 10/06)
                                                            Conv. No. 281-26 (cont.)

        -Jack J. Valenti
              -White House staff's attitudes
              -Compared with other Cabinet members

William P. Rogers
           -Soviet Union
           -Legislative meeting
           -Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW]
           -John Foster Dulles
                -John Sears
                -Patrick J. Buchanan
                -Lt. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey

White House staff
     -Leonard Garment
          -Meeting with students from Kent State
               -Glenn A. Olds

Supreme Court appointees
     -Possible reaction
     -Joseph L. Rauh, Jr.
     -Edward M. Kennedy
     -Louis P. Harris poll
          -Public support

        -Harris poll
             -Washington Post
             -Approval ratings of the President
        -Opinion Research Company [ORC]
        -Charles W. Colson
             -Harris poll

                               NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                        Tape Subject Log
                                          (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 281-26 (cont.)

           -George H. Gallup poll
                -White House investigation

     The President's schedule
          -Presentation of diplomatic credentials
               -Unknown ambassador

The President and Haldeman left at 11:40 am.