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Date: 
Apr 17, 1972
Location: 
Oval Office
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 709-1 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:36 am and 8:58 am Location: Oval Office The President dictated a memorandum for the file.
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Conversation No. 709-2 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:36 am and 8:58 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull. Ronald L. Ziegler -Meeting with the President Bull left at an unknown time before 8:58 am.
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Conversation No. 709-3 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:36 am and 8:58 am Location: Oval Office The President dictated notes for the file. ***************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 [Personal returnable] [Duration: 5m 29s ]
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Conversation No. 709-4 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:36 am and 8:58 am Location: Oval Office The President dictated a memorandum for the file. ***************************************************************** BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1 [Personal returnable] [Duration: 3m 48s ]
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Conversation No. 709-5
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Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:36 am and 8:58 am Location: Oval Office The President dictated notes for the file.
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Conversation No. 709-6 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:36 am and 8:58 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull. The President's schedule -Meeting with Henry A. Kissinger -William M. Colmer luncheon Bull left at an unknown time before 8:58 am.
4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 709-7 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:36 am and 8:58 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Manolo Sanchez. Tape of memoranda for the file Sanchez left at an unknown time before 8:58 am.
Conversation No. 709-8 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: 8:58 am - 9:34 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Henry A. Kissinger. Vietnam -Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr.'s cable -Possible US action -Military situation -Predictions -Troop withdrawals -Conversation with Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. -Figures -Announcement -Timing -Numbers -Kissinger’s recommendation -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] -Message to the President -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Hanoi -US response -Soviet reply -Summit
5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-8 (cont.)
-The President's trip -Impact on domestic issues -Kissinger's trip -Timing after bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong -Soviet message from Dobrynin -Hanoi -Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] -People's Republic of China [PRC] -Chou En-lai
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-William P. Rogers -The President's conversation with Rogers -Kissinger's conversation with Rogers The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 8:58 and 9:03 am. [Conversation No. 709-8A] Request for a call to Rogers [End of telephone conversation] Vietnam -Negotiations
6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-8 (cont.)
-Resumption of Paris Peace Talks -Le Duc Tho -Plenary sessions -Cessation of bombing The President talked with William P. Rogers between 9:03 and 9:10 am. [Conversation No. 709-8B] Vietnam -Negotiations -Resumption -Cessation of bombing -US response -Blockade -Rogers's statement -Delays -Wording -Military targets -Ronald L. Ziegler -Necessity of weapons -Military operations -South Vietnam -Courage -Air sorties -Figures -Negotiations -Statement -USSR and PRC protests -US replies -CIA analysis -Nature of responses -Summit -Cancellation -Rogers's statement -William F. (“Billy”) Graham -Conversation with the President -Conversation with University of North Carolina Chancellor -Student protests -Students -Acceptance of US policies
7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-8 (cont.)
-Support for the President -The President’s trips to the PRC and USSR -Military operations -An loc -Ground action -Newspaper reports -Air power -Abrams -Military targets [End of telephone conversation] Vietnam -Blockade -Necessity -Legality -Timing -US commitment -Kissinger's trip to USSR -Return -Timing -Soviet responses -The President's Administration -Kissinger’ analysis -Impact of war -Lyndon B. Johnson’s Administration -Confidence in government -John F. Kennedy's Administration -Foreign policy -Advisors -Johnson's Administration -Foreign policy -Successor -Democrats -Edmund S. Muskie -Hubert H. Humphrey -Edward M. Kennedy -Republicans -Spiro T. Agnew -Ronald W. Reagan -Nelson A. Rockefeller
8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-8 (cont.)
-Possibilities for the nomination -Legacy -US strength -Possible successors’ strength and experience -Leadership evaluated -Muskie -Kennedy -Successors -Strength in foreign policy -US credibility -North Vietnamese victory -Foreign policy initiatives -Policies -Criticism -Hue -Vietnamization -Muskie -Statements -World War I -Verdun -Comparisons -France and Germany -Costs -South Vietnamese losses -Hue -An loc -Hue -New York Times article -Unknown reporter -North Vietnamese offensive -Hugh S. Sidey article -The President's demeanor -Jerrold L. Shechter -Conversation with Kissinger -Location -The President’s instructions to Kissinger -Robert B. Semple, Jr. -New York Times -Max Frankel -Leads -Victory
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-8 (cont.)
-Consequences -Soviets -Middle East -Message for Golda Meir -Kissinger's call to Yitzhak Rabin -Military operations -Kissinger’s upcoming conversation with Dobrynin -Soviet Message -US reply -Wording -Kissinger’s upcoming trip to the USSR -Summit -Chou En-lai -Soviet message -Private talks -US reply -Dobrynin -US response -Rogers's cable -Kissinger's trip to USSR -Possible agenda -Reasons -Compared with PRC trip -Press conference -Announcement -The President's statement -Kissinger’s television appearance -Democrats' responses -Kissinger's trip to USSR -Possible North Vietnamese presence in Moscow -Announcement -The President's schedule -Camp David -Kissinger's presence -Low key -Return to Washington -Meeting with Kissinger -Arrangements -Meeting in Paris -Meeting with Kissinger -Trip to Moscow
10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-8 (cont.)
-Timing -Place -The Executive Office Building [EOB] -USSR -Dealings with US -North Vietnamese offensive -Bombing -Target areas -Scheduling -B-3 -South Vietnam -Timing -Public reception -USSR and PRC protests -Intensity -Kissinger's return to US -Soviet talks -Kissinger's trip -Blockade -Soviet Summit -Possible cancellation -US stance -Impact -Tone to be used witho the Soviets -Johnson -Differences -North Vietnamese troop levels -Possibility of cease-fire during USSR trip -US conditions -Demilitarized zone [DMZ] -Cessation of bombing -Domestic opinion -Abrams -Air attacks -Intensification -Military operations -Number of sorties -Naval action -Number of destroyers, cruisers and carriers -Location -Bomb damage
11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-8 (cont.)
-Haiphong petroleum, oil, and lubricants [POL] -Photographs of damage -Rail cuts -Railroads -Hanoi POL -Railroads in Hanoi -Haiphong -Warehouse -Naval base -Shipyards -Warehouse -Truck parks -Photographs Frank J. Shakespeare -Withdrawal of resignation Vietnam -An Loc -North Vietnamese tank losses -Noth Vietnamese maneuvers -Losses -Hue -Military action -Quang Tri -South Vietnamese movements and offensive -South Vietnamese tanks -Damage against North Vietnam Kissinger left at 9:34 am.
Conversation No. 709-9 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: 9:35 am - 10:32 am Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.
12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
Richard G. Kleindienst confirmation -Meeting with Samuel J. Ervin, Jr. -Clark MacGregor -Call to Ervin -Reason -Paul J. Fannin -Next move -Likely result -Options -Russell B. Long's statment -John N. Mitchell -Belief in success -MacGregor -View of Kleindienst's chances -Democrats' strategy -Washington Post story -Replacement -Caspar W. Weinberger -Risks -Rejection -Lewis F. Powell, Jr. -Risks -William French Smith -Interests -Oil -International Telephone and Telegraph [ITT] -Prestige -Dean at Duke Law School -Qualities -John D. Ehrlichman -Charles S. Rhyne -Washington Post story News summaries -The President’s instructions -Cambodia and Laos -Screening -Vietnam -Developing stories -Republican National Convention [?] -The President's attention
13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
-Haldeman's review -Ehrlichman and Charles W. Colson Issues -ITT -Colson -Busing -Ehrlichman's project -Vietnam -Cabinet meeting -Publicity -Alarmism The President's schedule -Camp David -Henry A. Kissinger -Length of stay -Monday -Kissinger's Paris meeting -Kissinger's Soviet trip -Public statements -Cover -Ehrlichman and Ronald L. Ziegler -Comparisons to Key Biscayne -Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Return to US -Kissinger's trip -Meeting with Haig -Report to the President -Camp David -Time -Press conference -Troop withdrawals announcement -The President's trip to Capitol -The President’s instructions -Press coverage -Ziegler -Problems -Entrance to building -Blocking reporters
14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
Kleindienst nomination -Mitchell -Support for Kleindienst Ronald L. Ziegler entered at 9:49 am. William P. Rogers's television appearance -Time Pandas -Photographs -Ziegler's conversation with Constance M. (Cornell) (“Connie”) Stuart -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon's schedule -Conflicts with table tennis event -Two People’s Republic of China [PRC] stories -Ziegler's call to Mrs. Nixon -Mrs. Nixon’s location -Washington Post story -Musk oxen from the PRC -Sickness -Treatment in zoo -Washington Post story -Photographs -Associated Press [AP] story -Postponement -Theodore H. Reed -Musk oxen -Sickness -Thelma C. (“Pat” ) Nixon's schedule -Photographs with pandas -Table tennis match -Publicity -Schedule of team Table tennis -PRC’s team visit -Publicity value -Mrs. Nixon's schedule -Ziegler's call -Historic significance -Postponement of appearance with pandas
15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
-Scheduling problems The President's schedule -Meeting with Polish Ambassador, Witold Trampczynski -Photographs -Kissinger -Arrangements -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] trip -The President’s upcoming conversation with Kissinger -Ramifications Soviet summit -Ziegler's line -Answer to USSR and PRC protests on Vietnam -Rogers -Melvin R. Laird -Bombing -Impact -Ziegler's statements -Guidelines -Possible questions -New York Times -Terence F. Smith -Story about Hue -World War I -France and Germany -Verdun -Losses -Symbolism -White House staff -Conversations with New York Times reporters -Prohibitions -Robert B. Semple, Jr. Vietnam -Ziegler's comments -Protests -Edmund S. Muskie and Hubert H. Humphrey -Counterattacks -North Vietnamese invasion -Failure
16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
-Resolutions in the US Senate -Critics -North Vietnamese invasion -Lack of criticism -US policies -Rhetoric -Criticism -Support for the enemy and hostility toward South Vietnam -Rogers's statement -White House support -Negotiations -Ziegler's statements -Bombing -Limitations -The President’s previous conversation with Rogers -Cessation -Nuclear weapons -Withdrawal of US forces across the demilitarized zone [DMZ] -Conditions -Wording -South Vietnam -Praise -US Air Force [USAF] -Praise -Defensiveness -Bombing -Escalation of debate -Colson and Kissinger -Kissinger’s view -Democrat attacks -Critics -Answer -Need to defend South Vietnam and US airmen and seamen -Current line -Muskie -United Nations [UN] consideration -UN Security Council -Humphrey's resolution -President’s view -Soviet and PRC vetoes -Humphrey as Vice President
17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
-Muskie's resolution -Cessation of all operations by US -Ziegler's responses -Individual attacks -Rogers -The President's decision to bomb -The President’s instructions to Ziegler -Press -Hugh S. Sidey and John F. Osborne -Boycott -The President's decision to bomb -Ziegler's response -Soviet summit -The President’s previous conversation with Kissinger -Possible comments by Kissinger -US policies -Hard line -Defense of policies -Attack from Democrats -Counterattack -Posture of confidence -Negotiations -Ziegler's statement -The President's November 25th speech -US policies and record of Administration -Private channels -Release of record -Embarrassment of press -“Red faces” -Rogers's statement Mrs. Nixon -Ziegler's upcoming telephone call -PRC related stories -Number -Pandas -Table tennis game Ziegler left at 10:12 am. Vietnam
18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
-Public relations -Press reports -Embarrassment -Colson -Spiro T. Agnew -Attacks -Patrick J. Buchanan speech -Nelson A. Rockefeller and Ronald W. Reagan -Joint statement -Agnew -Schedule and location -Buchanan -Draft of speech -Criticism of critics Rogers -Relations with Kissinger -Conflict -Possible action taken by Kissinger Unknown treaty Vietnam -Unknown lieutenant colonel -North Vietnam -Press -President’s view Press -Quality -Decline -Richard (“Dick”) Wilson -William S. White -Public relations -White House -Indifference to press hostility -An Loc -Television media reports -Terence F. Smith -Conversation with unknown White House aide -Identity of aide -Story of Hue loss
19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
-Joseph W. Alsop Moon shot -Audience -Raymond K. Price, Jr. -Diplomatic Corps -Invitations -Acceptances -The President's daughters -Haldeman’s children [?] -Television equipment -Increase in amount of coverage The President's schedule -William M. Colmer luncheon -Bicentennial Gardens -Location -Frank T. Bow -Meeting with the President -Future plans -Colmer luncheon -Seating -Bow -Age Vietnam -Edward M. Kennedy -Criticism about Vietnam -White House strategy -White House position -Public opinion -Hawkishness -Supporters -Rockefeller -Kissinger [?] -Young Americans for Freedom [YAF] -Input -White House staff -Buchanan -Timidity -Show of pride for administration
20 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
-Support for the President -Criticism of administration -Public reactions of leaders -British view [?] -Public support for administration -Leaders -Rockefeller -William F. (“Billy”) Graham -Chancellor of University of North Carolina -North Vietnamese offensive -State Department -Public relations value -Press reports -Compared with Cambodian invasion -North Vietnamese violations -Horror stories on television -Refugees -US-South Vietnamese atrocities -Reports -North Vietnam -Propaganda about US advisors -Truck driver incident Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 10:12 am. -US bombing of Haiphong -Sanchez’s view -North Vietnamese and Soviet complaints -US responses Sanchez left at an unknown time before 10:32 am. -North Vietnamese invasion -US responses -Softness of American Society -White House staff -Problems -Soviet Summit -The President’s instructions to Haldeman White House staff
21 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
-Problems -Dealings with aides -Ehrlichman, George P. Shultz and Herbert G. Stein -Dealings with Cabinet officers -John B. Connally -Ehrlichman and Haldeman -Dealings with Connally -Meetings with the President Weather at Camp David -Spring -Sunlight -Rain and thunderstorms White House staff -Kissinger's staff Vietnam -Haig -B-52s -Navy -Success -Vietnamization -Muskie's criticism -Cease-fire -Problems Haldeman left at 10:32 am.
Conversation No. 709-10 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: 10:32 am - 10:47 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull. The President's schedule
22 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-9 (cont.)
-Meeting with Witold Trampczynski -Photographs -Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins -Press Henry A. Kissinger entered and Bull left at 10:32 am. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] -Message to US -Analysis The President's forthcoming trip to Poland -Announcement -Trampczynski -Soviets -Possible cancellation USSR -Soviet Summit -Collapse -Initiative -U-2 incident -Dwight D. Eisenhower -Possible similarities -Joseph C. Kraft -Conversation with Kissinger -Soviet response Trampczynski entered at 10:34 am. Greetings Photographs -Arrangements -Message for the President Warsaw -Kissinger's visit Poland -The President's last visit
23 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-10 (cont.)
-Meeting with Wladyslaw Gomulka -Chou En-lai -Nikita S. Khrushchev -Letter inviting the President to visit Poland -Premier Piotr Jaroszewicz -Chairman of the Council of State, Henryk Jablonski -Visit to US US-Poland relations -US aspirations -Differences -Similarities to the President’s trips to the People’s Republic of China [PRC] and USSR -Polish-Americans -Special ties -Mutual agreement -Polish-Americans -The President’s Polish acquaintances -Locations -John Cardinal Krol of Philadelphia -The President's forthcoming visit to Poland -Lodgings -Size of party -Request from the Polish government -President and Thelma C. (“Pat” ) Nixon -Arrangements -The President's stop in Teheran -Meetings with officials -Mrs. Nixon -Tours -Schools -Hospitals -Areas of interest -Culture -Poznan Boys' Choir -Past performances -Future performances -Trampczynski's home town -Warsaw -Historic site -Memories
24 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-10 (cont.)
-Kissinger's visit in 1964 -Visit of Polish Jews -Kissinger's reaction -Trampczynski's stay in US -Berkeley, California -University of California at Berkeley [?] -Return visit -The President's trip to Poland -Symbolism -Benefits -Economic cooperation -Warsaw Trampczynski left at 10:45 am. Vietnam -Haiphong -Kissinger's meeting with press -Ronald L. Ziegler -US bombing -Haiphong and Hanoi -Visit of Polish Ambassador with the President -Invitation to visit Poland -Soviet attitude -Press reports Kissinger's schedule -Meeting with press -Robert J. McCloskey, Daniel Z. Henkin and Ziegler -Washington Special Action Group [WSAG] meeting -Meeting with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -WSAG meeting -Kissinger's attacks on Democrats -Support for North Vietnamese invaders Kissinger left at 10:47 am.
Conversation No. 709-11 Date: April 17, 1972
25 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-10 (cont.)
Time: Unknown between 10:48 am and 10:51 am Location: Oval Office Unknown persons met.
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The unknown persons left at an unknown time before 10:51 am.
Conversation No. 709-12 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 10:48 am and 10:51 am Location: Oval Office Unknown persons met.
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The unknown persons left at an unknown time before 10:51 am.
Conversation No. 709-13 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: 10:51 am - 11:03 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Henry A. Kissinger. Vietnam -Daniel Z. Henkin's speech -Democrats' criticism -White House response -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman and Ronald L. Ziegler -Defense of the President -Attacks on Democrats -Escalation in rhetoric -[Forename unknown] Coleman [?] -Previous conversation with the President -Resolutions in Senate -Curtailment -Hanoi's response -Charge of defeatism -Administration's attacks -Press coverage -Edmund S. Muskie -Hugh Scott and Michael J. Mansfield -Trip to People's Republic of China [PRC] -PRC statement -Mansfield statement -The President's Soviet trip -Kissinger's conversation with PRC Ambassador -Mansfield -Administration attacks -Soviets -Kissinger offer
27 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-13 (cont.)
-Interim solution -Le Duc Tho -Paris Peace Talks -North Vietnamese invasion -Defeats -Attitude after bombing -US conditions for negotiations -North Vietnamese refusal -Prisoners of war [POWs] -Exchange -Sick and wounded -Democrats -Criticism -US policies -Possible hardline -Blockade -End of war -Involvement of Soviets -Negotiations -May announcement -Timing -Kissinger’s view -Upcoming press conference -Troop reductions -Show of confidence -Paris Peace talks -Public impact -Upcoming press conference -Number -Soviets -Kissinger's trip -Conversation with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Message for the President -Reason for the talks -Reply -Administration’s position -Soviet summit -Blockade -Joseph C. Kraft -Soviet response -Option
28 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-13 (cont.)
Ziegler entered at 11:01 am. Soviet summit -United Press International [UPI] story -The President's itinerary -Locations -Ziegler -Source from the Kremlin Kissinger left at 11:02 am. Vietnam -North Vietnamese invasion -William P. Rogers's televised statement before Senate Foreign Relations Committee -Number of North Vietnamese tanks with equipment -Frank F. Church -Criticism of Congress -Length Thelma C. (“Pat” ) Nixon -Schedule -Visit to National Zoo -S. Dillon Ripley III -Table tennis game -Planning PRC -Table tennis game -The President's schedule -Thelma C. (“Pat” ) Nixon -Changes in schedule Ziegler left at 11:03 am.
Conversation No. 709-14
29 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-13 (cont.)
Date: April 17, 1972 Time: 11:07 am - 11:33 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Rose Mary Woods. The President's schedule -Meeting with Ronald L. Ziegler -Edward C. Nixon -Dinner Weather Vietnam -William P. Rogers's statement -President’s view -Edmund S. Muskie -Rogers’s difficulties -Democrats -Woods’s opinion
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Pandas -Thelma C. (“Pat” ) Nixon's schedule -Table tennis team visit -Constance M. (Cornell) (“Connie”) Stuart -Conflicts with Ziegler -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -John B. Connally -Trip to Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
30 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-14 (cont.)
-Ziegler -President’s view Soviet Trip -Mrs. Nixon -Schedule -John V. (“Jack”) Brennan -The President's schedule -People's Republic of China [PRC] trip -White House staff -President’s instructions -Rogers -Mrs. Nixon
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The President's schedule -Meeting with retiring members of Congress -Alexander P. Butterfield -Army Chorus -Newspaper editors event -Arrangements similar to Christmas parties -The President’s instructions -Chorus -Entertainment -Music -Location -Reception line -Number of people -Entertainment
31 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-14 (cont.)
-Duke Law School class event -Whittier College class event -Enjoyment of party -Dinner -Navy comrades event -Social events -The President’s Canadian trip [?] -Concert -John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts -Organization of American States [OAS] function -Concert -Kennedy Center -Buffet -Preparations -White House staff -Mexican President's visit -State dinner -The President's Canadian trip -Previous State dinners -Concert -Buffet -Toasts -Navy comrades -Party -Reception -Army Chorus -Uniforms -Planning -Butterfield and Lucy A. Winchester -The President’s view -Modern dancers -Nancy Hanks -The President’s request Arts -Modern dancers -Makeup of dancers -Hanks -Modern music -Modern painting -Entertainment during administration
32 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-14 (cont.)
-Quality of entertainment -President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy -Reputation for support -Pablo Cassals -Current administration -Invitations -Stuart -Press distortions -Entertainment at the White House -The President's memorandum -Stuart -Publicity Woods left at 11:33 am.
Conversation No. 709-15 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: 11:35 am - 12:02 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Richard G. Kleindienst confirmation -John N. Mitchell's report -Negotiations with Samuel J. Ervin, Jr. and Paul J. Fannin -Robert Mardian -Clark MacGregor Vietnam -William P. Rogers's testimony, Senate Foreign Relations Committee -Rogers’s hearing -Press coverage -Clifford P. Case's questions -Support for the President and Vietnamization -Criticism of air war -Press coverage -Rogers's bearing
33 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-14 (cont.)
-Frank F. Church's questions The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 11:35 and 11:50 am [Conversation No. 709-15A] [See Conversation No. 23-1] [End of telephone conversation] Vietnam -Rogers's testimony The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 11:35 and 11:50 am. [Conversation No. 709-15B] [See Conversation No. 23-2] [End of telephone conversation] Vietnam -Rogers's testimony Kleindienst confirmation -MacGregor -Mitchell -Advice on Kleindienst -Speech -Scheduling -Ervin's tactics -Delay of testimony -Michael Gravel case -Supreme Court -Privilege of Congress -Criticism of Ervin's position Vietnam -Rogers's testimony
34 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-15 (cont.)
-Substance -Haldeman’s opinion -Television appearance -Bearing -Criticism of invasion -Prisoners of war [POWs] -Plane loss -Figures and casualties -US bombing -Military reasons -Diplomatic reasons -Importance -Talents -Legal abilities -Public relations sense -Clarity -Compared with Henry A. Kissinger -North Vietnamese intentions -Negotiations -Possible offer from North Vietnam -US bombing -Cessation -Conditions -Violations -Cessation -Demilitarized zone [DMZ] -US bombing -Conditions for cessation -Changes of policy under the President -Compared to 1968 -Troops -Retaliation for attacks -Protection of troops -Rogers compared to Kissinger -North Vietnamese invasion -Mechanized forces -Source of supply -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR] -Petroleum dependence -US attacks on dumps -Purpose of bombings
35 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-15 (cont.)
-News coverage -Edmund S. Muskie's resolution -Comments -Dangers to Democrats -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson's criticism -George C. Wallace Wallace -Tax reform -Letter to the President -Congress -Donald H. Rumsfeld’s reaction John B. Connally -Return from Texas -Timing -Haldeman's call -Appointment with Haldeman -Vacation in Texas -Benefits -Lyndon B. Johnson -Need to get back to Texas Vietnam -US bombing -Haiphong -Supporters -William F. (“Billy”) Graham -Nelson A. Rockefeller -Charles W. Colson briefing -Albert E. Sindlinger poll -Hawkishness of public opinion -Voluntary reaction -Sindlinger's press conference -The President’s previous conversation with Kissinger -Desire for negotiations -Possible partial deal -Negotiations with the USSR -Blockade -Imposition -Timing
36 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-15 (cont.)
-North Vietnamese troop withdrawal from South Vietnam -Blockade -Johnson's compared with the President's policies White House staff -Donald B. Rice -Job with Rand Corporation -Meeting with the President -Value -Departures -Meetings with the President -Kissinger’s people -Rice -Meeting with the President -George P. Shultz -Reasons -Departures -Meetings with the President -Scheduling -Alexander P. Butterfield -Individuals to meet with the President -Stephen Hess -Capitalization on White House job -Meetings with the President -President’s view -Unknown accountant [?] Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon's schedule -Mix-up with pandas -Two People's Republic of China [PRC] related events on same day -Rescheduling -Constance M. (Cornell) (“Connie”) Stuart -Upcoming conversation with Haldeman -Work with Ronald L. Ziegler -Soviet trip -Ziegler's staff -Plane -Reason for trip -Favor to Mrs. Nixon -Haldeman's conversation with William R. Codus -Stuart’s staff people
37 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-15 (cont.)
-Problems -Mrs. Nixon's trip to Africa -Codus -Stuart -Job description -Assignments -Work with Mrs. Nixon -Lucy A. Winchester -Soviet trip -Restrictions -Hairdresser on Soviet trip -The President’s insistence -Work on previous trips -Helpfulness -Value to Mrs. Nixon Soviet trip -Warsaw stopover -Announcement Vietnam -Rogers's testimony -Haldeman's call -Complements -The President's call -Blockade -The President’s previous conversation with Rogers -Rogers's statement -Options -Exclusions -Ground forces -Nuclear weapons -Rogers's testimony -Blockade question Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 11:52 am. The President's schedule -Luncheon with William M. Colmer -Meeting with Rice -Length
38 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-15 (cont.)
-Next job -Rand Corporation -Family -Gift -Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger -MacGregor -Ervin Bull left at an unknown time before 12:02 pm. Kleindienst confirmation -Ervin -Meeting with MacGregor -Jack Gleason Haldeman left at 12:02 pm.
Conversation No. 709-16 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: 12:02 pm - 12:06 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Donald B. Rice, Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger and George P. Shultz; Stephen B. Bull and the White House photographer were present at the beginning of the meeting. Rice's next job -Locaiton Photographs Rand Corporation -Rice's job -Experience -Office of Management and Budget [OMB] -Shultz -Press office -Location
39 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-16 (cont.)
-Work -Home -Rice's family Presidential gifts -Money clip -Cuff links -Wife -Compact -Golf balls Best wishes Rice and Weinberger left at 12:05 pm. Vietnam -Bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong -Troop withdrawals -Negotiations -US peace offers -US bombing -Soviet Summit -Possible cancellation -Toughness -Blockade -Implementation -North Vietnamese invasion -Number of divisions -Lyndon B. Johnson's Administration -US response -Defense of South Vietnam -Odds -Ground forces -Press reports -US Marines Shultz left at 12:06 pm.
Conversation No. 709-17
40 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 12:06 pm and 12:15 pm Location: Oval Office The President talked with an unknown person in Henry A. Kissinger's office. Kissinger -Location -Meeting with Washington Special Action Group [WSAG] Adm. Thomas H. Moorer and [David] Kenneth Rush -Location
Conversation No. 709-18 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 12:06 pm and 12:15 pm Location: Oval Office The President talked with an unknown person in Henry A. Kissinger's office. Kissinger -Return from meeting -Meeting with the President -Length -The President's departure -Time
41 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07)
Conversation No. 709-19 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: 12:15 pm - 12:28 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Henry A. Kissinger. Vietnam Kissinger's conversation with Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -William P. Rogers's testimony -Praise from Kissinger -Kissinger's conversation with Dobrynin -Purpose -Interim compromise -Difficulties -Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr’s report -Demilitarized zone [DMZ] -North Vietnamese capabilities -US response -Negotiations -US bombing -Soviets -Pressure -Dobrynin -Blockade -Implementation -Immediacy -Upcoming elections -Interim agreement -Rejection -Consequences -Possible Soviet actions -Advantages according to Kissinger -Soviet Summit -People’s Republic of China [PRC] summit -Possible Middle East settlement -Problem -1972 election -Continuation of war -Possible outcome
42 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-19 (cont.)
-Haig’s report -Cessation of offensive -Prevention of future offensive -Timing -Assurance by the Soviets -North Vietnamese offensive -Possible actions by Hanoi -US response -Timing -Prisoners of war [POWs] -Failure -Concern from Kissinger -Blockade -Impact -Compared to 1969 -Weaknesses -Circumvention -Interim Solution -POWs -Haig report -Military Region One -South Vietnamese performance -Increase in South Vietnamese strength -US bombing -Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. -Carriers -Bombing support -North Vietnam -Number of sorties -South Vietnam -increase -I Corps -North Vietnamese weakness -B-52s -Ground action -South Vietnamese strength -Improved situation -Compared with Laos operation -Retreats -Provincial capitals -Demoralization of North Vietnam
43 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-19 (cont.)
-US strategy -Military action -Toughness from the President -Peace offers -Soviet Summit -Preservation of US integrity -Blockade -Implementation -Timing -Threat -Soviet Summit -Meeting with Polish Ambassador [Witold Trampczynski] -Cancellation -Chances -Symbolism -Kissinger's Moscow meeting -Press reports Kissinger left at 12:28 pm.
Conversation No. 709-20 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: 12:28 pm - unknown before 12:31 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull. The President's schedule The President talked with the White House operator at 12:28 pm. [Conversation No. 709-20A] [See Conversation No. 23-3] [End of telephone conversation]
44 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-20 (cont.)
The President's schedule -Call to William P. Rogers -Meeting with William M. Colmer -Trip to and from Capitol Hill -Clark MacGregor -William E. Timmons Bull left at an unknown time before 12:31 pm.
Conversation No. 709-21 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 12:28 pm and 12:31 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with an unknown person. President’s schedule [?] The unknown person left at an unknown time before 12:31 pm.
Conversation No. 709-22 Date: April 17, 1972 Time: Unknown between 12:31 pm and 4:53 pm Location: Oval Office Manolo Sanchez met with an unknown person.
45 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. 8/07) Conv. No. 709-22 (cont.)
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Sanchez and the unknown person left at an unknown time before 4:53 pm.