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Start Date: 9-Sep-1971 4:05 PM

End Date: 9-Sep-1971 6:00 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Butterfield, Alexander P.Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Woods, Rose MaryNixon, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan)Kissinger, Henry A.White House operatorShultz, George P.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 02:08:59

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:57:45

568a.mp3

568b.mp3

NARA Description:

On September 9, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Alexander P. Butterfield, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Rose Mary Woods, Thelma C. ("Pat") (Ryan) Nixon, Henry A. Kissinger, White House operator, and George P. Shultz met in the Oval Office of the White House at an unknown time between 4:05 pm and 6:00 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 568-012 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 568-12

Date: September 9, 1971
Time: Unknown between 4:05 pm and 6:00 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Alexander P. Butterfield.

     President’s schedule
          -John B. Connally
          -Concert Hall opening at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
                -Attendance
                      -Connally

H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman was present at an unknown time after 4:05 pm.

           -Connally
               -Reception
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)




The President talked with Rose Mary Woods between 5:06 pm and 5:08 pm.

[Conversation No. 568-12A]

[See Conversation No. 8-79; three items have been withdrawn from the conversation]

[End of telephone call]

     Kennedy Center Concert
         -Reception
              -Presidential box, anteroom
                    -National Symphony Orchestra
         -Arrangements
              -Timing, transportation

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 5:11 pm.

     Federal Court appointments
          -Raymond R. Shafer
          -Circuit Court
          -Unnamed candidate for military court seat

The President talked with Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon between 5:11 pm and 5:12 pm.

[Conversation No. 568-12B]

[See Conversation No. 8-81; one item has been withdrawn from the conversation]

[End of telephone call]

     Shafer
          -Position
                -1968
                     -Support for Nelson A. Rockefeller
                     -Pennsylvania election results
          -Administration's stance on appointments

     Administration
         -President’s previous conversation with John B. Connally
               -Memorandum form President
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                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                Conv. No. 568-12 (cont.)


                      -Negotiations with the Japanese
                      -Peter G. Peterson’s receipt
                      -Instructions
                            -Devaluation
                      -Handling of memorandum
                            -Signing
                -Coordination and consultation
                      -George P. Shultz
          -Memos
                -Handling
     Japanese negotiations
          -William P. Rogers, Peterson
          -Connally
                -State Department
                -Arthur F. Burns
                      -Exchange rates

     Administration
         -Peterson
               -Routing of memos
                    -Action paper

Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 5:12 pm.

     Memorandum on Japanese negotiations
        -Percentage rate
        -Memorandum from Connally
              -Handling
                   -Peterson, Henry A. Kissinger
                   -The President's role
        -Connally's input and role
        -Paul A. Volcker
        -Devaluation
              -Handling

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 5:25 pm.

     Appointment
         -Unknown woman [Romana A. Banuelos?]
              -President’s schedule
                    -California
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 568-12 (cont.)


                -Connally
                -Timing

Haldeman talked with Kissinger at an unknown time between 5:12 pm and 5:25 pm.

[Conversation No. 568-12C]

     Request to join meeting

[End of telephone call]

     The President's September 9, 1971 speech
          -Henry Cabot Lodge
               -Vatican emissary
               -The President's standing among Catholics
                      -Massachusetts

     President’s schedule
          -Al Smith dinner
                -Invitation
                      -1971 compared to1972
                -Possible remarks

Kissinger entered at 5:25 pm.

     The President's September 9, 1971 speech

     Memorandum on Japanese negotiations
        -Connally
             -Butterfield
             -Kissinger, Peterson
        -Handling
        -Revaluation
        -Treasury Department
        -Handling
             -Agency responsibilities
             -Connally
             -Volcker
                   -Coordination
        -Focus
             -Treasury
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                        NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                    Tape Subject Log
                                      (rev. 10/06)
                                                             Conv. No. 568-12 (cont.)


               -State Department
                     -Peterson
         -Instruction to Kissinger
               -Telephone call to Connally
         -Handling
               -Volcker-Kissinger conversation
                     -Senior Review Group
         -Focus
               -State Department
         -Volcker's possible actions
         -Peterson
         -Connally, Kissinger
         -Roles
               -Burns, State Department (Rogers)
               -Philip H. Trezise
               -Connally
               -The President
                     -September 9, 1971
                           -Conclusion
                                -Audience response
               -Connally
                     Volcker


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[National Security]
[Duration: 2s ]


    FOREIGN AFFAIRS


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6

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              -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer
         -Relations with other countries
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                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 568-12 (cont.)


           -Action on Latin America
                 -Military forces
     -Peterson, George P. Shultz, Connally, Kissinger, State Department
           -Philosophy
                 -Other countries
                 -Burns
                       -Central bankers
                 -State Department
                 -Nathaniel Samuels
                 -Rogers
                 -Treasury Department
     -Volcker's handling of rate issue
           -Trezise's negotiations with the Japanese
           -Connally
           -State Department
           -Kissinger
           -Peterson
           -Response
           -Unknown person
                 -[Forename unknown] Walker
     -Peterson
     -Kissinger's forthcoming telephone call to Connally
           -Trezise

The economy
     -Peterson
           -Handling of bureaucracy
           - Staff Man
           - Line Man
           -Possible Cabinet role
                 -Opening
                      -Departure of Maurice Stans
                            -Herbert W. Kalmbach
     -Handling of Stans’ economic committee
           -Peter M. Flanigan
           -Role of assistants to the President vis-a-vis the bureaucracy
     -Handling of roles
           -Policy group
                 -Kissinger, Shultz, the President, Connally
     -Peterson
           -Cabinet presentation
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                             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                  Conv. No. 568-12 (cont.)


                        -Focus
                 -Handling of current role
                        -Bureaucracy
           -Staff roles
                 -White House
                 -Bureaucracy
           -Connally
                 -Trip to Europe
                 -Future meeting
                        -The President, Kissinger, Shultz
           -Handling of economic relations
                 -Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Japan
                        -The President
                             -Eisaku Sato
                             -Edward R.G. Heath
                                   -Rolls Royce
                             -Interests
                                   -Agha Muhommad Yahya Khan
                                   -Georges J.R. Pompidou

     State Department

     The President's September 9, 1971 speech
          -Reaction
               -George S. McGovern
          -Frank F. Church
          -Public attitude

     Memorandum on Japanese negotiations
        -Kissinger's forthcoming call to Connally
        -Butterfield
             -Kissinger, Peterson
             -Focus of efforts
                    -State Department
                    -Volcker

Kissinger left at 5:43 pm.

     Volcker's action

     Connally
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                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 10/06)
                                                              Conv. No. 568-12 (cont.)


     -White House contact
          -Haldeman
          -John D. Ehrlichman
          -Handling
     -Reaction to the President's September 9, 1971 speech

The President's September 9, 1971 economic speech before Congress
     -Length
     -Rhetoric
     -Reaction

Catholics
     -Possible Al Smith dinner speech
          -Length, focus
                -Gridiron dinner remarks
                -Henry Cabot Lodge
     -Main speaker
     -Focus
     -Catholic support for the President
          -Massachusetts
          -New York


The President’s schedule
     -Connally

The President's September 9, 1971 economic speech
     -Reaction
     -The press
     -Congress
     -Wage and price freeze duration
          -Clark MacGregor
          -Wilbur D. Mills
                 -Reaction
                 -Tax proposals
          -Shultz
                 -Coordination on lifting freeze
                      -Announcement
                            -Connally
                            -William L. Safire's draft
                 -Telephone call
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 568-12 (cont.)



Haldeman talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 5:43 pm and 6:00
pm.

Haldeman talked with Shultz at an unknown time between 5:43 pm and 6:00 pm.

[Conversation No. 568-12D]

[See Conversation No. 8-82]

[End of telephone call]

     The economy
          -Handling of issues

     Winston L. Prouty
          -Health
          -Jennette Herbert (Hall) Prouty
          -Telephone call
          -Son-in-law's conversation with Charles W. Colson
          -Impending death
               -Funeral
                     -President’s attendance
                     -Handling
                           -Impact
                           -Military aide
                                 -Lovella (Carver) Dirksen

     Vermont
         -Governor
              -Deane C. Davis
         -Robert T. Stafford
              -Appointment to seat held by Prouty

     Prouty
          -Past support for the President
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 568-12 (cont.)


     Kennedy Center
         - Mass by Leonard Bernstein
              -Forthcoming New York Times review
              -Lyn [Franklyn C. Nofziger?]
              -Amalgam of West Side Story , Jesus Christ Superstar ,   Hair

     The President's September 9, 1971 speech
          -Response
               -Sense of leadership
               -Delivery
          -Television ratings

     Kennedy Center
         -Eisenhower Center
         -Financial costs
               -Delays in construction
         -Air routes to National Airport
               -Jet traffic

     Schedule
          -September 10, 1971
               -Labor group
               -Japanese

The President and Haldeman left at 6:00 pm.