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Start Date: 10-Dec-1971 5:11 PM

End Date: 10-Dec-1971 5:34 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")Butterfield, Alexander P.

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 01:27:27

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:52:49

636a.mp3

636b.mp3

NARA Description:

On December 10, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman, and Alexander P. Butterfield met in the Oval Office of the White House from 5:11 pm to 5:34 pm. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 636-009 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 636-9

Date: December 10, 1971
Time: 5:11 pm - 5:34 pm
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman and Alexander P. Butterfield.

     Papers for signature

     Votes

     Postmaster General
          -Note

Butterfield left at an unknown time before 5:15 pm.

     Position of unknown item
           -Picture of George Washington

     Stephen B. Bull

     Robert P. Griffin

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 5:11 pm and
5:15 pm.

[Conversation No. 636-9A]

[See Conversation No. 16-83]
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 636-9 (cont.)



[End of telephone conversation]

     William H. Rehnquist confirmation
          -Number of votes

The President talked with Griffin between 5:15 pm and 5:17 pm.

[Conversation No. 636-9B]

[See Conversation No. 16-84]

[End of telephone conversation]

The President talked with the White House operator at 5:17 pm.

     Charles Evans Hughes

[Conversation No. 636-9C]

[See Conversation No. 16-85]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Rehnquist confirmation
         -William E. Timmons

     Democrats
         -Speaking out

The President talked with Rehnquist between 5:18 pm and 5:20 pm.

[Conversation No. 636-9D]

[See Conversation No. 16-86]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Society
          -Pressures
                                         18

                     NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 10/06)
                                                                  Conv. No. 636-9 (cont.)


Washington Post
    -Editorials
         -Joseph C. Kraft article on Rehnquist

Stock market figures
     -Tax bill passage
          -Numbers
     -French
          -John B. Connally
                 -Proposed deal

Economy
    -Businessmen
    -Pay Board
    -Price Commission
          -State of economy
    -Connally
    -Henry E. Ford II
    -Public psychology
    -Unemployment
          -Predicted numbers
                -[Forename unknown] Murphy’s views
          -Auto production
                -Projected numbers
                -Lide A. Iacocca
                -Ford
                      -Meetings
                            -Social events with the Ford family
                -Iacocca
                      -Business style
                      -Influence
    -Congress
    -War

The President's schedule
     -Key Biscayne
          -Timing
          -Weather
                 -California
                       -Temperature range for January
                       -Santa Ana
                                                 19

                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 636-9 (cont.)


                                 -Preference for Key Biscayne
                     -Washington
                     -Christmas shopping
                           -Staff
                     -Cabinet
                     -Camp David
                     -Florida
                     -California
                     -Walter H. Annenberg
                           -Palm Springs, Florida
                     -California
                           -Charles G. (“Bebe”) Rebozo
                           -Proposed activities
                           -Weather conditions

Unknown person entered and left at an unknown time before 5:38 pm.

     Rehnquist confirmation
         -Comparison of close votes in the past
               -Justice Nathan Clifford, 1857
               -Justice Stanley Matthews, 1881
               -Justice Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, 1887

Bull entered at an unknown time after 5:20 pm.

     The President's schedule
          -Jerrold L. Schecter

Bull left at an unknown time before 5:38 pm.

     Peace Corps
          -Timmons
          -Otto E. Passman
                -George P. Shultz
                -Call to Timmons
                      -Presidential letter
                            -Support of Committee bill
                            -National Security Council [NSC]
                -Joseph H. Blatchford
                -Liberal Republicans
                      -Letter from the President
                                               20

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)
                                                                  Conv. No. 636-9 (cont.)


                            -Possible maneuvering of bill
                -Shultz
                     -Involvement
                -Timmons
                     -Congress

     Budget
         -India
               -Aid
               -Shultz And Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger
               -Bureaucracy
               -Leaks

     Connally
         -Conversation with the President
         -Democrats

     Rose Mary Woods

Haldeman left at 5:34 pm.