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Conversation: 499-002

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Start Date: Wednesday, May 12, 1971 9:28 PM

End Date: Wednesday, May 12, 1971 10:03 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")White House operatorArends, Leslie C.Bull, Stephen B.Bow, Frank T.Connally, John B.Ehrlichman, John D.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:04:52

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:14:37

499a.mp3

499b.mp3

NARA Description:

On May 12, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, White House operator, Leslie C. Arends, Stephen B. Bull, Frank T. Bow, John B. Connally, and John D. Ehrlichman met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 5:28 pm and 6:03 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 499-002 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 498-1/499-2

Date: May 12, 1971
Time: Unknown after 5:33 pm - 6:03 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. The recording began while the meeting was in
progress. Discontinuities appear in the original recording. The initial portion of this
conversation was recorded intermittently with 499-2

[The President talked with Frank T. Bow.
The recording began while the conversation was in progress]

[Conversation No. 498-1A/499-2C]

[See Conversation No. 3-27]

[End of telephone conversation]

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 5:33 pm.

     President's schedule
          -Dr. Edward E. David, Jr.

Bull left at an unknown time before 5:34 pm

     Peter G. Peterson

[The President talked with Edward P. Boland between 5:34 pm and 5:36 pm]

[Conversation No. 498-1B/499-2]

[See Conversation No. 3-28]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Peterson
          -Future work

[The White House operator talked with the President at 5:37 pm]

[Conversation No. 498-1C/499-2]
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[See Conversation No. 3-29]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Peterson
          -Future work
               -George P. Shultz
          -Compared with Shultz and John D. Ehrlichman
          -Appearances
               -Business Council
               -Congress
          -Compared with William P. Rogers

[The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 5:37 pm and
5:41 pm]

[Conversation No. 498-1D/499-2]

[See Conversation No. 3-31]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Peterson
          -State Department
          -Jacob K. Javits
          -Future work
                -International economic policy
                -Water

[The President talked with Connally between 5:41 pm and 5:45 pm]

[Conversation No. 498-1E/499-2E]

[See Conversation No. 3-32]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Supersonic Transport [SST]
          -Senate vote
               -David H. Gambrell
               -Alan Cranston, John V. Tunney
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                      -Forthcoming conversations with Connally

[The intermittent recording apparently had ceased at this point]

[The President talked with Wilbur D. Mills between 5:45 pm and 5:48 pm]

[Conversation No. 498-1F/499-2]
                                                                   Conv. No. 498-1/499-2 (cont.)
[See Conversation No. 3-33]

[End of telephone conversation]

[The President talked with White House operator between 5:48 pm and 5:52 pm]

[Conversation No. 498-1G/499-2]

[See Conversation No. 3-34]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Connally
         -Actions supporting the President's policies
              -Compared with other Cabinet officers
              -SST, Lockheed

     SST
           -Legislative struggle
                -House of Representatives action
                -Henry A. Kissinger's possible call to Otis Chandler
                      -Chandler's possible calls to Cranston and Tunney
                      -Haldeman

[White House operator talked with the President at 5:52 pm]

[Conversation No. 498-1H/499-2]

[See Conversation No. 3-35]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Unknown issue
         -Kissinger
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     -Taft Schreiber
     -John A. Scali's views

          -Role of Jewish constituency
          -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield proposal
          -Considerations
     -Rogers's possible efforts
                                                       Conv. No. 498-1/499-2 (cont.)
US foreign policy
     -Israel
           -Kissinger
           -Rogers

Peterson

John N. Mitchell's schedule

Kissinger

The President's schedule
     -Alabama, Texas
     -Florida
     -Texas radio address
           -Preparation

The press
     -McCall's article
     -An unnamed female television reporter
     -Helen A. Thomas' article
     -The President's enemies goals
     -Patrick J. Buchanan's views
           -1972 election

1964 election
     -Barry M. Goldwater
           -Buchanan

Raymond K. Price, Jr.

Weather
    -Florida
          -1968 primary
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The President and Haldeman left at 6:03 pm