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Start Date: 23-Feb-1973 3:35 PM
End Date: 23-Feb-1973 4:40 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob"); Ford, Gerald R.; White House operator; Mills, Wilbur D.; Bull, Stephen B.; Kissinger, Henry A.; [Unknown person(s)];
Recording Device: Old Executive Office Building
On February 23, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Gerald R. Ford, White House operator, Wilbur D. Mills, Stephen B. Bull, Henry A. Kissinger, and unknown person(s) met in the President's office in the Old Executive Office Building from 3:35 pm to 4:40 pm. The Old Executive Office Building taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 413-017 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 413-17 Date: February 23, 1973 Time: 3:35 pm-4:40 pm Location: Executive Office Building The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Haldeman's talk with Patricia R. Hitt -Hitt’s knowledge -Appointment to ACTION -Easing out -Rogers C. B. Morton [?] -Peter M. Flanigan [?] -Peace Corps -VISTA -Hitt’s reaction -Robert H. Finch -Political opponents The President talked with Gerald R. Ford between 3:38 pm and 3:44 pm. -10- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 413-17 (cont’d) [Conversation No. 413-17A] [See Conversation No. 43-194] [End of telephone conversation] Wilbur D. Mills -Press conference and press release -Timing -Surcharge -Selected imports -Trade legislation -Staff recommendation [?] -President’s phone call to Mills -President's conversation with George P. Shultz and John D. Ehrlichman The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 3:44 pm and 3:47 pm. [Conversation No. 413-17B] [See Conversation No. 43-195] [End of telephone conversation] President's schedule Donald C. Alexander [?] -Ohio -Qualifications -Harvard law, Yale undergraduate Charles W. Colson’s role President’s knowledge [?] Ehrlichman’s role -11- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 413-17 (cont’d) Herbert G. Klein -Talk with Haldeman -Trip to California -Meeting -Possibilities -Newspaper division The President talked with Mills between 3:47 pm and 3:53 pm. [Conversation No. 413-17C] [See Conversation No. 43-196] [End of telephone conversation] Surcharge -John B. Connally -Political motivation Alexander's appointment to Internal Revenue Service [IRS] position -Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] background check -Support from Shultz, Ehrlichman, Colson -Compared to George H. W. Bush -Ehrlichman -Administration’s expectations -Background -Newspaper -Editor, Harvard Law Review -Yale University -Academic honors -World War II service -European theater -Academic honors -Comparison to Elliot L. Richardson -Tax background -Criticism -Head of IRS -12- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 413-17 (cont’d) -Support for IRS appointment Executive appointments -Diversity Advisor to President -Part-time -Guidance for staff Staff changes Anne L. Armstrong -Spanish-speaking related work -Ehrlichman [?] -Office staff -Diversity -Male staff members -Duties -Haldeman’s relationship with Armstrong -Compared with Finch -Additional staff -Competence of staff members -Pamela Powell -Ongoing projects -Youth business [?] -New Majority activity -Bicentennial -Organizing public activities -Entertainment -Youth night -Work with Julie Nixon Eisenhower -Management style -Productivity John A. Volpe [?] White House staff -Management -13- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 413-17 (cont’d) -Costs -High level -Political appointments [?] Sub-Cabinet officers [?] -Meetings with President -Stephen B. Bull -Charls E. Walker -Camp David -Undersecretaries -Work ethic -James F. Oates -Veterans Prisoners of war [POWs] function -Scheduling -Public relations Letters -Preparation -Endorsement of resolution -Subsidies [?] -Batch prepared for March, April -Statement on Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] visit Office of Economic Opportunity [OEO] -Job Corps -Public relations -Reaction -Speech -Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger -Announcement on OEO -Timing Harris poll on issues -Results -OEO [?] -Phase III wage-price action -14- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 413-17 (cont’d) -Public support -Lack of confidence -Prices -Gold -Budget issue -Economic issues -Haldeman’s agreement with Shultz’s view -Consumer Price Index [CPI] -Food prices -Importance Price controls -Action -Delayed results William J. Baroody, Jr. -Citizens committee -Taxes -Prices -Actions -Control -Offensive stance -Opposition -Congressional, press relations -Academic community -Effects -Need for villains, civility -Vance Hartke, Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy -Press -New York Times Campaign financing [?] -Contributors [?] -George H. W. Bush Press relations -Economic issues -Poor -15- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 413-17 (cont’d) -Inflation -Greed [?] -Prices -Supermarket -Public interest in President’s economic program -Trip to the People’s Republic of China [PRC], February 1972 -Cultural exchanges -Ping pong team -Acrobats -Opening of trade office -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield -Announcement of PRC trip -Effective results -Vietnam War settlement -Effective results -POWs return -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] agreement, Leonid I. Brezhnev’s visit -Public relations value -Charles H. Percy’s media profile -Responses Phase III wage-price actions -Bureaucracy -Expansion -Inflation -Prices and wages Israel -Libyan airline shoot down -Public apology -1972 Olympics incident -Moshe Dayan -Explanation -George H. W. Bush [?] William L. Safire -Preparation of draft -Death of Shelley A. (Scarney) Buchanan’s father -16- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 413-17 (cont’d) -Patrick J. Buchanan Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 3:53 pm. Meeting with Shultz, John D. Ehrlichman, Charles J. DiBona, and Henry A. Kissinger Bull left at an unknown time before 4:40 pm. Kissinger entered at an unknown time after 3:53 pm. Telephone call from McGeorge Bundy An unknown man entered at an unknown time after 3:53 pm. Refreshments The unknown man left at an unknown time before 4:40 pm. Bundy -George W. Ball -Organizing -Initiative -Principles PRC -Kissinger’s message from President -Visit -Chou En-lai -Dr. David K. E. Bruce -Ambassador -Chiang Kai-shek -John H. Holdridge Bundy -Telephone call Economic affairs -Diplomatic exchange with PRC -17- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Mar.-09) Conversation No. 413-17 (cont’d) -Bush -Ball -Bruce -Bipartisan support -Leo Cherne North Vietnam troops in Laos and Cambodia -Laotian government -US bombings -Targets William H. Sullivan William J. Casey, William J. Porter [?], William P. Rogers [?] -Skills Kissinger left at an unknown time before 4:40 pm. Shultz and Ehrlichman -Talks with Haldeman -Polls on public perception of economic issues -August 1971 New Economic Program -Problems Haldeman left at 4:40 pm.