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Start Date: 19-Oct-1971 12:56 PM

End Date: 19-Oct-1971 1:26 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Colson, Charles W.Bull, Stephen B.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 02:40:51

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 03:11:52

596a.mp3

596b.mp3

NARA Description:

On October 19, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, Charles W. Colson, and Stephen B. Bull met in the Oval Office of the White House from 12:56 pm to 1:26 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 596-017 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 596-17

Date: October 19, 1971
Time: 12:56 pm - 1:26 pm
Location: Oval Office

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

     Media
         -Press leaks
              -Nominees to Supreme Court
              -Influence the President's decision

Charles W. Colson entered at 12:57 pm.

     John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts board members
          -William D. Blair, Jr.
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)



          -Lyndon B. Johnson's appointees
          -Tricia Nixon Cox
          -Haldeman
          -Roger L. Stephens
                -Actions
                -Previous executive committee meeting
                     -Haldeman
                     -Kennedy sisters
                     -Possible White House use of Kennedy Center
                     -Blair
                     -Use of Kennedy Center
                           -Black Panthers
                           -Unknown priest
          -Robert B. Anderson
                -Renaming of Kennedy Center theatres
                     -Eisenhower
                     -Johnson
                     -Nixon
          -Blair
                -The President’s view
                -Haldeman’s view
                -Comments to the press
          -Stephens

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 12:56 pm.

     Misplaced document

Bull left at an unknown time before 1:26 pm.

     Supreme Court appointments
          -Congressional opposition
              -Edward M. Kennedy
              -Birch E. Bayh, Jr.
              -Media
              -Hugh Scott, Edward J. Gurney
                    -Support for the President
              -Time, Newsweek, New York Times, Edward M. Kennedy, Bayh
              -Administration's counter-attack
                    -Gurney and Scott
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                               Conv. No. 596-17 (cont.)


Bull entered at an unknown time after 12:56 pm.

     Location of missing document

Bull left at an unknown time before 1:26 pm.

     Edward Kennedy
         -Nomination to federal bench
              -Francis Morrissey
              -John F. Kennedy

     Common Cause
        -Mailings
        -John W. Gardner
        -Administrations response
             -Cut off contributions
             -Gerald R. Ford, Robert P. Griffin, Scott
        -Supporters
             -Chuck Healy [?]
             -John A. McCone
        -Republican National Committee
        -Supersonic Transport [SST]
        -Michael J. Mansfield amendment
        -American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars
        -Gardner
             -Internal Revenue Service [IRS] investigation
             -Enemies List
             -White House dinner
        -Ronald L. Ziegler
        -Funding
             -Direct mail
             -Contributors

     Administration's activities
         -Congressional hearings
         -Edith Efron's book
               -William L. Springer
               -Dean Burch
               -Springer
               -Networks
               -Publishers
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                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)
                                                          Conv. No. 596-17 (cont.)


           -Book stores
           -Neal B. Freeman
           -Human Events magazine
           -Samuel J. Ervin, Jr. hearings
                -Strom Thurmond
                -Springer

Art
      -The President’s view
            -Public relations benefits
      -The President's schedule
      -Supporters
            -Gardner
            -Anderson
      -The President's previous visit to Kennedy Center
            -Value
      -Administration's activities
      -Women
      -Businessmen
      -Nancy Hanks
            -Virginia H. Knauer
      -Blair
            -Kennedy Center image

Lyndon B. Johnson
    -Vietnam
    -Pentagon Papers
          -John F. Kennedy
          -William V. Shannon
                -New York Times
    -Book [The Vantage Point]
          -Jack J. Valenti's comments
                -Review by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
          -Los Angeles Times
          -Valenti
                -Robert F. Kennedy
                     -1960 Vice Presidential nomination
          -Ngo Dinh Diem
                -Administration actions
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                         NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                    Conv. No. 596-17 (cont.)


     Report of conversation
         -David E. Bradshaw
         -Richard J. Daley’s previous meeting with Edward Kennedy
         -Jay Lovestone


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     Housing
         -Statistics
               -Increase of 47% per annum

     Stock market
          -Dow Jones decrease
          -Wall Street
          -Arthur F. Burns
               -Inflation
          -August 15th
          -Volume of trade

     The President's schedule
          -John N. Mitchell
          -Donald H. Rumsfeld

Haldeman and Colson left at 1:26 pm.
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)