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Conversation: 566-018

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Start Date: Tuesday, August 17, 1971 7:26 PM

End Date: Tuesday, August 17, 1971 8:30 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")White House operatorButterfield, Alexander P.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 03:26:07

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 03:44:37

566a.mp3

566b.mp3

566b_i.mp3

NARA Description:

On August 17, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, White House operator, and Alexander P. Butterfield met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 3:26 pm and 4:30 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 566-018 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 566-18

Date: August 17, 1971
Time: Unknown after 3:26 pm until 4:30 pm
Location: Oval Office

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

     National economy
          -Stock market
                -Volume of trading

The President talked with the White House operator at 4:12 pm.

[Conversation No. 566-18A]

[See Conversation No. 8-26]

[End of telephone conversation]

     National economy
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 566-18 (cont.)


          -Stock market
               -Volume of trading

     President's speeches
          -Importance
          -Preparation
          -Informal comments with statement
          -Importance
          -Public attention
                 -Knights of Columbus
          -Preparation

The White House operator talked with the President at an unknown time between 4:12 pm and
4:20 pm.

[Conversation No. 556-18B]

[See Conversation No. 8-27]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Connally's schedule
         -Meeting in Roosevelt Room

     President's speeches

     President's schedule
          -Connally
          -Barber

Haldeman left the room at an unknown time after 4:12 pm.

Haldeman entered the room at an unknown time before 4:20 pm.
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                  Conv. No. 566-18 (cont.)


     President's speeches
          -Preparation
                 -Milk producers
                      -Audience
                           -Size

Alexander Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 4:12 pm.

     Connally's schedule
         -Cost of Living Council [COLC] meeting

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 4:20 pm.

     President's schedule
          -Possible call to Connally

     -National economy
          -President’s program
                -Republicans

     President's forthcoming speeches
          -Distribution to press
                 -Statement
          -Knights of Columbus
          -Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW]
          -Unknown man's practices
                 -Repetition
          -Preparation
                 -Quotes
                       -Repetition
                            -William L. Safire
                            -Raymond K. Price, Jr.
                            -Television
                            -Compared to stories
                                  -John R. Brown
                                  -Television

     National economy
          -President's program
                -Timing
                      -International monetary conditions
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                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 10/06)
                                                                Conv. No. 566-18 (cont.)


           -Reaction
                -Democrats
                -News media

News media
    -Charles W. Colson
    -Herbert G. Klein
    -White House correspondents
    -President's press conference
    -Administration’s attitude
    -Colson
    -President's forthcoming trip to People's Republic of China [PRC]
    -Hunger conference
    -Food stamps
    -Youth conference
          -Daniel P. (“Pat”) Moynihan
          -President's schedule

Youth
    -Attitude toward the Administration
    -Robert H. Finch
          -Role

Finch
     -Schedule
          -California
     -Role with administration

Donald H. Rumsfeld
    -Role with administration
          -George P. Shultz [?]
               -Wage and price freeze
          -Possible post
               -Office Emergency Preparedness [OEP]
                     -Gen. George A. Lincoln

OEP
      -Personnel
           -Peter G. Peterson
                 -Current responsibilities
                 -Wage and price freeze
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 566-18 (cont.)


                -Rumsfeld
                -Arnold R. Weber
                -Rumsfeld
                     -Experience
                           -Congress
                           -Office of Economic Opportunity [OEO]

Butterfield entered at 4:20 pm.

     President's schedule
          -Illinois
          -Grand Tetons
          -Briefcase
          -Possible phone calls
                 -Presidential notes
                 -Clark Reed
                 -Harry S. Dent
                 -J. P. McCarthy
                 -Jobs for veterans
                 -William S. White
                 -Reed
                 -Loretta Young
                 -J. Peter Grace
                 -Whitney N. Seymour, Jr.
                 -Norman Vincent Peale
                 -Revenue sharing
                 -Harley Ranch [?]
                 -Thomas J. Bannan
                 -Al Stratton, Jr.
                 -Otto N. Miller
                 -Chet Holifield
                 -Number

The President, Haldeman, and Butterfield left at 4:30 pm.
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)