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Start Date: 3-May-1972 3:53 PM

End Date: 3-May-1972 4:34 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Colson, Charles W.White House operator

Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 01:47:14

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:28:33

335a.mp3

335b.mp3

NARA Description:

On May 3, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, Charles W. Colson, and the White House operator met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building at an unknown time between 3:53 pm and 4:34 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 335-023 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 335-23

Date: May 3, 1972
Time: Unknown after 3:53-4:34 pm.
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with Charles W. Colson.

     Greetings

     J. Edgar Hoover eulogy
          -Drafts
                                            22

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Nov-01)
                                                          Conv. No. 335-23 (cont.)

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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 19m 52s ]


THE PRESIDENT TALKED WITH THE WHITE HOUSE OPERATOR AT AN UNKNOWN
TIME BETWEEN 3:53 AND 3:56 PM.

[Conversation No. 335-23A]

[See Conversation No. 23-144]

[End of telephone conversation]

THE WHITE HOUSE OPERATOR TALKED WITH THE PRESIDENT AT 3:56 PM.

[Conversation No. 335-23B]

[See Conversation No. 23-145]

[End of telephone conversation]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
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     Edward M. Kennedy
         -Personal life
              -Publicity
              -The President’s view
              -Reports
              -Colson’s view
                     -Inner circle
                          -Infiltration
                     -Catholics


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
                                          23

                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. Nov-01)
                                                          Conv. No. 335-23 (cont.)

[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 12s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
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     Edward Kennedy
         -Appearance
              -Colson’s view
         -Health
              -Compared with John F. Kennedy
              -Treatment
              -Appearance


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
[Personal Returnable]
[Duration: 26s ]


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5

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     Democratic opposition
         -Effect on previous Paris peace talks
               -The President’s view
         -Edmund S. Muskie’s previous speech on Vietnam
               -Colson’s view

     Vietnam
          -Forthcoming demonstration
                -Haldeman's report
                -Turnout
                -Time
                -Counter demonstration
                -US flag
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                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                Tape Subject Log
                                  (rev. Nov-01)
                                                         Conv. No. 335-23 (cont.)

          -Demonstrators

Hoover
    -President’s remarks on Hoover’s death
          -President's statement on crime
                -Publicity
                -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI]
          -President's relationship
          -Stance
                -Anti-crime, anti-Communists
          -Television coverage
          -Wire services
          -Media coverage
                -Kenneth W. Clawson
    -Media praise
          -Jack N. Anderson
          -Edward M. Kennedy
          -Muskie
          -Geoge S. McGovern
          -Muskie statement
    -President's eulogy
    -The President’s view
    -Critics
    -Public image
          -Support for Hoover
          -FBI
                -Repression, wiretapping
          -Support for crackdown on crime
          -Editorials
                -Haldeman's report
                -Washington Post

Vietnam
     -President's policies
           -Public support
                 -Albert E. Sindlinger poll
                       -Union members and Democrats
                            -Hawks
           -Louis P. Harris poll
                 -Vietnam
                       -Effect on President's rating
                            -Negotiations
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                NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. Nov-01)
                                                          Conv. No. 335-23 (cont.)

     -Bombing
           -Effectiveness
           -Negotiations
           -The President’s view
     -South Vietnam performance
     -President's leadership
     -South Vietnam performance
           -Hue
     -Stock market
           -Impact of war
                 -North Vietnam offensive
           -Decline
                 -Changes
           -Other economic indicators
                 -James D. Hodgson
                 -Industrial production
                       -Durable goods
                       -Psychology of market
                 -Impact of Vietnam
           -Public support for the President on Vietnam
                 -Media

Soviet Union summit
     -Harris and Sindlinger
           -Opinion on Soviet summit
           -Sindlinger's opinion of country's mood
           -Harris compared with Sindlinger
     -President's foreign policy
           -Desire for peace
     -Cancellation possibility
     -President's tone toward Soviets
     -President's experience
           -Public expectations
                 -People's Republic of China [PRC] trip
                 -Moscow trip
     -Vietnam
           -Public support for President
                 -Blockade
                       -Rallying effect
                 -Sindlinger
           -Antiwar sentiment
           -Hawkishness
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                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Nov-01)
                                                                       Conv. No. 335-23 (cont.)

                      -Unions
                      -Democratic Party
                      -South

Colson left at 4:34 pm.