457

Date: 
Feb 24, 1971
Location: 
Oval Office
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 457-1 Date: February 24, 1971 Time: 10:19 am - 11:35 am Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (Bob) Haldeman [Recording begins while the conversation is in progress] Personnel -Speech writers -John K. Andrews, Jr. -Lee W. Huebner -Abilities -John D. Ehrlichman -Ronald L. Ziegler Economy -Publicity -Prices [Recording was cut off at an unknown time for an unknown duration; this section appears on the original tape as a blank portion of 2m 41s duration] Department of State -Leaks -U. Alexis Johnson -William P. Rogers -Ellsworth F. Bunker -Personnel Henry A. Kissinger entered at 10:24 am Consumer legislation Laos -James L. Buckleys reception -Kissingers talk with Paul C. Warnke Ziegler, Virginia H. Knauer, Lewis A. Engman, and Elizabeth Hanford entered at 10:25 am; the White House photographer was present during this portion of the meeting
2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Greetings -Presentation of gifts Consumer affairs Knauer, Engman, and Hanford left at 10:30 am Vietnam Conv. No. 457-1 (cont.) -Media coverage -Zieglers briefing -Michael J. (Mike) Mansfields television appearance -Melvin R. Laird -General Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. -Henry Kahn of New York Times -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS] -Zieglers statements -Day to day operations -Lairds view -John W. Chancellors report -Plan of South Vietnam in Laos -Tchepone -Supply lines -Cambodia -Presidents previous comments -Justification for operation -North Vietnam -General Nguyen Van Thieu -Accuracy of press accounts -Briefings -Kissingers briefing -Casualties regarding Cambodia -Attitudes -Associated Press coverage of Laos -Administration briefings -Laird -Claire Crawford -Crosby S. Noyes -Dennis Leonard -Herbert G. Klein -Mailing to editors and publishers -Source
3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-William F. Knowland -Cynicism of press -Crawford -[Forename unknown] Wiggins -W[illiam] Averell Harriman -Yale speech -Withdrawal -Instructions for Zieglers press briefing -Presidents comments -Democratic Senators resolution Ziegler left at 10:37 am -Warnkes assistant -Edmund S. Muskie -Invitation to Kissinger -Briefings for Democrats -Kissinger -Mansfield -Withdrawal Laos military operation (Lam Son) -Abrams -Military reports -General Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Possible report -Laird -Military plans -Tchepone -North Vietnamese Army -Roads -Kissingers concern -Problems -Briefing for Kissinger -Roads -Supplies and trucks -Compared to Cambodian operation -Objectives -Tchepone -Haig -Report
Conv. No. 457-1 (cont.)
4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Military assessment -Compared to Inchon -Status -Briefing for Kissinger -Kissingers concerns -Problems -Army of the Republic of Vietnam [ARVN] Conv. No. 457-1 (cont.) -Strategy -Schedule delays -Quality of ARVN troops -Appearance versus substance -Tchepone -Roads and supplies -ARVN troops -Air support -Potential problem -Haig -Possible trip to Vietnam -Assessment -ARVN troops -ARVN troops -Compared to Cambodia -Supplies -Objectives -Air strikes -B-26's -Statistics -Damage reports -Firebase attacks -Effects -Moorer -Air support coordination in South Vietnam -Forthcoming briefing -Haig trip -Moorer -Laird -Plan to send Haig to Southeast Asia -Kissingers information -Accuracy -Conflicting reports
5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Military psychology -Focus on objectives -German army -Verdun -Stalingrad -British army -Somme -Difference from conventional warfare -Need for accurate reporting The Presidents schedule -Briefings -Middle East -Haig -Richard M. Helms Laos military operation (Lam Son) -Briefing -Status -Conflicting reports -ARVN -ARVN -Supplies -Troops -Tchepone -American commanders -General William C. Westmoreland -William H. Sullivan -Military strategy and tactics -Cambodia -Laird -Haig -Air support -Tchepone -Problems -Laos versus Cambodia -ARVN forces -Abrams plan -Forthcoming briefing -Moorer -General John W. Vogt, Jr.
Conv. No. 457-1 (cont.)
6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Laos battle plans -Tchepone -ARVN -Options -Problems -B-26s -Problems -Alternatives -B-52s -Moorer -Laird -Haig -F-4s -C-54s Kissinger left at 11:04 am Rogers -Muskie -Request for meeting with Kissinger -Request for meeting with Rogers -Presidents instructions
Conv. No. 457-1 (cont.)
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Physical demands of office -Connally -Health -Health of personnel -Connally
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-Presidents previous telephone conversation with Connally -Camp David visit -Camp David -Haldemans conversation with Connally -Amenities -Cabinet Secretaries -Connally Conv. No. 457-1 (cont.) -Renovations -Laurel Lodge -Administration -Commander -Plans -Julie Nixon Eisenhower -[Dwight] David Eisenhower, II -Connally The Presidents schedule -Meeting with Governors -Black leadership meeting -Presidents participation -Leonard Garment -Robert H. Finch -Ehrlichman -George W. Romney -Robert J. Brown -Edward L. Morgan -Agenda -Revenue sharing -Finch -George P. Shultz -Possible Presidential appearance -Haldemans position -Meeting with college editors -Peter M. Flanigan -Meetings with lobby groups -Mechanics of Drop by -Meeting with Governors -Nelson A. Rockefellers reaction -Possible Republican governors meeting -Pep talk -Richard B. Ogilvie
8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Revenue sharing -View of welfare reform -Connally, Shultz, and Ehrlichman Governors meeting and dinner -The Vice President -Revenue sharing -Milton J. Shapp -The Presidents attendance -Toast -Golf balls -Leslie T. (Bob) Hope -Attendance -Entertainment -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Revenue sharing
Conv. No. 457-1 (cont.)
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-Rockefeller -Margaretta (Happy) Rockefeller -George C. Wallace -Idanell (Brill) (Nellie) Connally -Haldemans conversation with Wallace -The Presidents plans for next year -Governors dinner -Republicans -Warren E. Hearnes The Presidents schedule
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 11:34 am -Meeting with black leaders -Length of the Presidents visit -Press coverage -Ziegler -Donald H. Rumsfeld -Shultz -Ehrlichman Haldeman left at 11:34 am Butterfield left at 11:35 am Conversation No. 457-2 Date: February 24, 1971 Time: Unknown between 11:35 am and 11:38 am Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (Bob) Haldeman The Presidents schedule -Meeting with black leaders -Tenure of meeting -Berkeley G. Burrell -Cenoria Johnson -Suggested remarks -Possible White House tour Haldeman left at an unknown time before 11:38 am
Conv. No. 457-1 (cont.)
Conversation No. 457-3 Date: February 24, 1971 Time: Unknown between 11:35 am and 11:38 am Location: Oval Office
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The President met with H. R. (Bob) Haldeman The Presidents schedule -Meeting with black leaders -Black history and art Alexander P. Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 11:35 am -Thelma C. (Ryan) (Pat) Nixon -Tour of White House -Meeting with black leaders -Presidential gifts -Stephen B. Bull The President, et al. left at 11:38 am Conversation No. 457-4 Date: February 24, 1971 Time: 11:55 am - unknown before 12:19 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (Bob) Haldeman Meeting with black leaders [The President talked with Clifford M. Hardin between 11:55 am and 12:01 pm] [Conversation No. 457-4A] Report to the President -John B. Williams -Hardins press conference Mississippi -Farmers -Hardins visit -Integration of schools -Compared to northern schools The Presidents schedule
11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Foreign policy -Forthcoming trip to Des Moines, Iowa -Salute to Agriculture dinner -Farm editors -Publicity [End of telephone conversation] Public relations -Presidents remarks -Agriculture The Presidents schedule -Businessmens visit -Morehouse College in Atlanta -Peter M. Flanigan -Pros and cons -White House staff -Presidents participation in meetings -Donald H. Rumsfeld -John N. Mitchell -Drop by -Black leaders meeting -Advance scheduling -Accessibility of the President -Black leaders meeting -George P. Shultz -George W. Romney -John D. Ehrlichman -Rumsfeld -Finch -Planning Camp David -Invitations -White House staff -Finch -Rumsfeld -Elliot L. Richardson -William P. Rogers -Melvin R. Laird
12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Mitchell -Romney -John A. Volpe -Rogers -Problems Black leaders meeting -Richard Hatcher Governors dinner -Impression -Leslie T. (Bob) Hope -Visit to White House -Delores (Reade) Hope -Arthur G. (Art) Linkletter -John Wayne -True Grit Vietnam War -Civilian versus military control -Henry A. Kissingers role -Presidents position -General John W. Vogt, Jr. -General Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -William L. Safire -Forthcoming meeting with the President -Speech draft -Rogers/Kissinger relations -Middle East -Rogers -Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] -Gerard C. Smith -Kissingers meeting with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Summit meetings Kissinger
Conv. No. 457-4 (cont.)
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Conv. No. 457-4 (cont.)
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-Edmund S. Muskie Briefings by Administration spokesmen -Democrats -Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy -Presidents position -Rogers -Muskie -Haldemans forthcoming conversation -Presidents position -Senators -George S. McGovern -Eugene J. McCarthy -Vietnam peace plan Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 12:01 pm The Presidents schedule -Federal Executive Board Bull left at an unknown time before 12:19 pm -Revenue sharing -Meeting with the President -Pros and cons -Meeting with the Vice President -Safire The President and Haldeman left at an unknown time before 12:19 pm
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Conversation No. 457-7 Date: February 24, 1971 Time: Unknown after 12:01 pm until 12:19 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Manolo Sanchez ****************************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 [Personal Returnable] [Duration: 52s ]
Conv. No. 457-4 (cont.)
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The President and Sanchez left at 12:19 pm Conversation No. 457-8 Date: February 24, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:19 pm and 12:35 pm Location: Oval Office Unknown people met
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The unknown people left at an unknown time before 12:35 pm
Conversation No. 457-9 Date: February 24, 1971 Time: Unknown between 12:35 pm and 12:43 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with an unknown man
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The unknown man left at an unknown time before 12:43 pm
16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 457-5 Date: February 24, 1971 Time: 12:43 pm - 1:24 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (Bob) Haldeman Conv. No. 457-9 (cont.) Radio statement by the President -Speech draft -William L. Safire -Henry A. Kissinger -Presidents view Press -Television coverage -Laos military operation -Kissinger -Bipartisan leadership meeting -Newspaper editorials -Chalmers Roberts -Kissinger Safire -Speech draft -Length Personnel -Kissinger -Rose Mary Woods -Alexander P. Butterfield -William P. Rogers -Dwight D. Eisenhower -Harry S Truman -Allocation of the Presidents time -Kissinger -General Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -General John W. Vogt, Jr. -Briefing -Safires speech draft -Kissinger
17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Allocation of the Presidents time -John D. Ehrlichman -Edwin L. Harper [The President talked with the White House operator at 12:47 pm] [Conversation No. 457-5A] Conv. No. 457-5 (cont.) Call to Haig [End of telephone conversation] Personnel -Ehrlichman [The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 12:47 pm and 1:24 pm] [Conversation No. 457-5B] Haigs schedule [End of telephone conversation] Personnel -Haig -Admiral Thomas H. Moorer Forthcoming briefing -Kissinger -Presidents view -Kissinger -Vogt -Safire -Vogt [Haldeman talked with Kissinger at an unknown time between 12:47 pm and 1:24 pm] [Conversation No. 457-5C] Briefing for the President
18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Vogt -Scheduling -Speech preparation -Safires role [End of telephone conversation] The Presidents schedule -Kissinger -Role in speech -Safire -Attendance at briefings -Presidents view -Speech preparation -Safires role -National Security Study Memoranda [NSSMs] -Presidents view Kissinger entered at an unknown time after 12:47 pm Vogt -Present location -Press briefing -Meeting with the President and Kissinger -Safire -Speech Kissinger left at an unknown time before 1:24 pm Rogers -Previous trip with the President -Walkers Key The Presidents schedule -Kissinger -Role in briefings -Melvin R. Laird -Bureaucratic position Cabinet officers -Communication Conv. No. 457-5 (cont.)
19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Laird -Ehrlichman -Presidents position -Kissinger -John N. Mitchell -Staff participation -Rogers -Middle East views -Kissinger -Middle East views -Paperwork -Compared with Ehrlichman -National Security Council [NSC] staff -State Department -Staff work -Allocation of Presidents time -Paper route -Rogers -Allocation of Presidents time -Meeting with the President -Connally -Mitchell -Laird -Rogers -Moorer -Kissinger -Safire speech draft -Rogers -Cabinet officers -Access to the President -Kissinger -Rogers -Laird -Mitchell -Staff versus Cabinet -Ehrlichman -George P. Shultz -Kissinger -Compared to Ehrlichman -Cabinet officers
Conv. No. 457-5 (cont.)
20 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Southeast Asia portion of speech -United States interests -Wording -Safire -Length Democratic proposal on Vietnam -Possible Administration response -Robert J. Dole -Patrick J. Buchanan -Ronald L. Ziegler -Presidents position -Edmund S. Muskie -Dole -Hugh Scott -Differing proposals within Democratic Party -White House strategy -Muskie -W[illiam] Averell Harriman -Withdrawal -Compared to Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson -Support for President -Muskie -Administration response -Kissinger -Rogers -Laird -Rogers -Michael J. (Mike) Mansfield -Administration response -Democratic caucus -Withdrawal proposal -Intra-party opposition -Dole -Buchanan -Franklyn C. (Lyn) Nofziger -Charles W. Colson -Safire -Haldemans role -Rogers -Laird
Conv. No. 457-5 (cont.)
21 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
-Kissinger -Ziegler -Possible press questions -Need for Administration response -Buchanan -Dole -White House strategy -News summary -Dole -Rogers and Laird -Ziegler -Withdrawal -Prisoners of War [POWs] -Effect of Democratic proposal -Jackson Campus activity -May Day demonstration -Problems -Students for a Democratic Society [SDS] Leslie T. (Bob) Hope -Charlton Heston -Foreign pornography -Hollywood unemployment -Presidents position -General quality of movies -Presidents view -Haldemans view The Presidents schedule -Eisenhower dinner -Hope -Speech preparation -Meeting -Attendance -Kissinger -Vogt -Moorer -Old Executive Office Building
Conv. No. 457-5 (cont.)
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Haldeman left at 1:24 pm
Conversation No. 457-6 Date: February 24, 1971 Time: 1:24 pm - 1:25 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Manolo Sanchez Conv. No. 457-5 (cont.)
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The President and Sanchez left at 1:25 pm