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Date: 
May 03, 1972
Location: 
Oval Office
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Conversation No. 718-1 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: 7:58 am - 8:09 am Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Nelson A. Rockefeller -Public appearance -Time Adm. Thomas H. Moorer J. Edgar Hoover -Funeral -Time -Length -President's eulogy -Length -Prayers -Rev. Edward G. Latch -Rev. Edward L.R. Elson -Cemetery -Television coverage -Response of Elson -President's remarks -Network stories -Parts covered -Dr. Benjamin (McLane) Spock’s remarks -John W. Chancellor’s remarks -President's eulogy -The President’s May 3, 1972 statement -Federal Bureau of Investigations [FBI] -Flags -FBI -Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS] special
2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-1 (cont.) Vietnam -North Vietnamese offensive -Loss of Quang Tri -Evaluated -Press reports -New York Times -General press accounts -Words used -Assessment of loss President's dinner -Henry A. Kissinger's location -Press speculation -National Broadcasting Corporation [NBC] news report -Sequoia cruise with President and Alexander M. Haig, Jr. Vietnam -US actions -Soviet Summit -Possible US announcement -Cancellation instead of bombing -Kissinger’s view -Effect on polls -Accomplishments -Cancellation risks -Value of cancellation -Cancellation -Problems -Bombing -Domestic impact -Soviet Summit -Cancellation -Impact on the President's Vietnam policy -“Doves” -Congress -Support
3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-1 (cont.) -“Hawks” -Harry S. Dent -Bombing -Impact on Summit -Kissinger President's schedule -Annapolis appearance -Cancellation -The President’s view -Timing of the Soviet Summit Haldeman left at 8:09 am.
Conversation No. 718-13 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: Unknown time between 8:09 am and 10:06 am Location: Oval Office Unknown people [Secret Service agents] met. President’s location -Cabinet Room
Conversation No. 718-2 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: 10:06 am – 10:19 am Location: Oval Office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.
4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-2 (cont.) President's schedule -A meeting -Arrangements -Time -Meeting with L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III and Richard G. Kleindienst -Announcement of appointment -Time -President's previous meeting with Republican Congressional leaders -Kleindienst's schedule -Time -Ronald L. Ziegler’s role -Kleindienst’s role
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Henry A. Kissinger entered at 10:07 am. Greetings Meeting with Republican Congressional leaders -Kissinger -Support for President Vietnam -North Vietnamese offensive -New York Times reporters -Craig Whitney [?] and Sydney Schanberg -[First name unknown] Butterworth Instructions to Haldeman
5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-2 (cont.)
Kissinger's schedule -Washington Special Actions Group [WSAG] meeting Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] negotiations -Submarines -Information leaks -William P. Rogers's version -Numbers -Purpose -Rogers -Gerard C. Smith -President's story President's schedule -Meeting with Kleindienst -Time Vietnam -North Vietnamese offensive -Melvin R. Laird's press conference -South Vietnamese performance -The President’s instructions -Postponement -J. Edgar Hoover funeral -Laird's reluctance Haldeman left at 10:10 am. WSAG meeting -Kissinger's attendance -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.’s attendance Vietnam -North Vietnamese offensive -Course of action -Letter to Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Tenor -New proposals -Further discussions -President's message
6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-2 (cont.) -Nguyen Van Thieu -Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. -South Vietnamese strengths -North Vietnamese weaknesses -Casualties -Kontum, Hue -Losses -Divisions -South Vietnamese military dispositions -Kontum, Pleiku -Abrams -Tactics -Possibility as Army Chief of Staff -Chances of stopping -Kissinger's evaluation -South Vietnamese command -Changes -Gen. Hoang Xuan Lam -Gen. Pham Van Phu -South Vietnamese forces -3rd Division -Loss -Remaining strength -Kissinger’s view -Hue -Possible capture -Strategy -Kontum -South Vietnamese -Attitude toward communists -Outcome Kissinger's schedule -WSAG meeting -Meeting with President
7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-2 (cont.) Vietnam -North Vietnamese offensive -William J. Porter -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer briefing -Bombing plans -Haiphong -Laird's attendance -Position on bombing -US options -Military action -Soviet Summit cancellation -Porter's instructions -Moorer’s briefing -Attendance by Kissinger and Haig -Kissinger's meeting with President -Time President's schedule -Hoover eulogy preparation Porter -Instructions for walkout -William H. Sullivan -Laird -WSAG -Sullivan -Views Kissinger left at 10:19 am.
Conversation No. 718-3 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: Unknown between 10:19 am and 10:20 am Location: Oval Office The President talked with John D. Ehrlichman. J. Edgar Hoover
8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-3 (cont.) -Robert P. Griffin -Abe Fortas Ronald L. Ziegler briefing -Supreme Court appointments -Career compared with political -Ziegler's forthcoming announcement on L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III -Time -Appearance by Richard G. Kleindienst -Time -George D. Aiken -Appointment
Conversation No. 718-4 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: 10:20 am - 10:50 am Location: Oval office The President met with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. Henry A. Kissinger -Location -Washington Special Actions Group [WSAG] A meeting -Nelson A. Rockefeller's attendance -John N. Mitchell President's schedule -Meeting with Richard G. Kleindienst -Time -Announcement on L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III -Time Polls -Results
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-3 (cont.) President's schedule -Trip to Annapolis, Maryland -Cancellation -Arrangements -Format -Chapel
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Vietnam -George D. Aiken -J. William Fulbright’s amendment -North Vietnamese offensive -Support for President in Senate -Disenchantment over Soviet backing -Soviet Summit -Cancellation -Aiken -Kissinger’s schedule -Moscow, Paris -Kissinger's advice -Reasons -Cancellation -Impact -South Vietnamese morale -Soviet Summit -Cancellation -Impact on President's policies -Kissinger's advice -Dwight D. Eisenhower
10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-3 (cont.) -U-2 incident -Cancellation -Domestic impact -President's reasons -Conclusion of war -Soviet propaganda -Kissinger -Worldwide reaction -Postponement -Possibilities -Disadvantages -Soviet propaganda -Effect on US foreign policy -Cost
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Vietnam -Soviet Summit -Cancellation -Kissinger's advice -Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Announcement -Support -Initial reaction from “hawks” -Erosion -Press criticism -Problems -Support -Duration
11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-3 (cont.) -Erosion -Democrats' position -Kissinger's advice -Reasoning -Evaluation -Bombing -Targets -Hannoi and Haiphong harbor -Melvin R. Laird's position -The President’s view -William P. Rogers's position Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT] -News leaks -Rogers -Gerard C.Smith -Bernard Gwertzman's story -Rogers's dealings with press -Credit for SALT -Rogers and Smith -President's role -Kissinger's concerns J. Edgar Hoover -Funeral President's eulogy -News coverage -Detractors -Rennie Davis, Dr. Benjamin (McLane) Spock -Press coverage -Investigation of Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] -Pressure -Relation to confirmation of new director -L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III -Withdrawal of nomination as Deputy Attorney General -Timing -Kleindienst's confirmation -Wording of Ronald L. Ziegler’s statement -Gray's preferences
12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-3 (cont.)
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Haldeman left at 10:50 am.
Conversation No. 718-5 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: Unknown between 10:50 and 10:54 am Location: Oval Office The President talked with John D. Ehrlichman. White House correspondents -Children -Number attending public schools
Conversation No. 718-6 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: 10:54 am - 10:56 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Alexander P. Butterfield.
13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
The President’s schedule -J. Edgar Hoover -Funeral -Timing -Compared with another scheduled speech -Time Butterfield left at 10:56 am.
Conversation No. 718-7 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: Unknown between 10:56 am and 10:59 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull. President's trip to Soviet Union -Date of departure -Confirmation Bull left at an unknown time before 10:59 am.
Conversation No. 718-8 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: Unknown between 10:56 am and 10:59 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull. Soviet Union trip -Time of departure -US -Salzburg
14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Bull left at an unknown time before 10:59 am.
Conversation No. 718-9 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: 10:59 am - 12:11 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Henry A. Kissinger. Kissinger's meeting Vietnam -North Vietnamese offensive -Briefing on targets -Melvin R. Laird's opinion -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer -[David] Kenneth Rush Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 10:59 am. Food order Sanchez left at an unknown time before 12:11 pm Vietnam -North Vietnamese offensive -Targets -President's briefing -Moorer -Laird -The President’s view -Rush -Value -Compared with Laird Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.) -Briefing -Role of Laird and William P. Rogers -Rush's position -Information released -Submarines -Freeze -Amount of detail -Rogers's intentions -Reasons -Cabinet -Role in talks Vietnam -South Vietnam -Resupply mission -Announcement -Photographs of Soviet equipment -Paris peace negotiations -Possibilities -Accept another meeting -Walkout -Postponement -Kissinger’s view -North Vietnamese offers -US response -Contents -Nguyen Van Thieu -Prisoners -Public sessions -Thieu -Kissinger's prediction -North Vietnam's options -North Vietnam's goals -North Vietnam proposals -US reactions -Private meetings -Le Duc Tho -Kissinger's view -Bombing -Importance -US attitude
16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.) -Soviet interpretation -North Vietnamese offensive -Negotiations -Plenary sessions -William J. Porter -Thieu's interpretation -Plenary sessions -President's options -Laird's advice -Thieu SALT -Rush -View of Rogers and Laird -Work with Rogers -Berlin -People's Republic Of China [PRC] communiqué -News stories -Rogers's role -Objections -Rogers -Gerard C. Smith -Support -Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff [JCS] -Secretary of Defense -Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] Director -Objections -Rogers -News stories -Rogers's complaints -Credit for agreement Vietnam -President's policies -Credit -North Vietnamese offensive -Paris peace negotiations -Walkout -The President’s view -Kissinger's trip to Moscow -Porter and plenary session
17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.) -Editorial comment Washington Star -President's evaluation -Possible walkout -Soviet interpretation -North Vietnam's interpretation -US public opinion -Support for walkout -Criticism -Senate Democratic caucus -Position -Robert C. Byrd -Michael J. Mansfield Resolution -George D. Aiken -J. William Fulbright proposal -Aiken’s view Soviet Summit -Cancellation -US public opinion -Impact of walkout on Vietnam negotiations -President's approach -Possible options -Impact on Thieu -Impact on Hanoi -Impact on Soviets -Initial impact -Columnists -Senators and Congressmen -Concerns -Suspicions -Soviet response -Further negotiations -Impact of propaganda on public opinion in US and abroad -Erosion over time -Reasons -Media attacks on President's foreign policy -Soviet responsibility -Impact on war's outcome -Relation to new foreign policy -PRC
18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.) -Soviet Union -The President’s view -Effects -US public opinion -Forthcoming Democratic convention -Forthcoming election Vietnam War -Impact on forthcoming election -Impact on war's outcome -Importance -Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Military failure -Military-foreign policy of successor -Soviet Summit -Possible effects of cancellation on South Vietnam -President’s evaluation -Place on summit agenda -Domestic impact -US options -Military action -Effect on Soviet Summit -US public support -Effect on Soviet Union -Effect on South Vietnam -Effect on Soviet Union -Effect on North Vietnam -Perception -Hue -Importance -Military action -Effects President's choices -Cancellation of Summit compared with military action -Risks -Impact on war's outcome -Kissinger's assessment -Effects of cancellation -Vietnam War -Presidency
19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.) -President's place in history -US role in the world -President's trip to Moscow -Risks -US credibility with Soviet Union -Allies' perception of US -Soviet supplies to Vietnam -Principles of coexistence -Trade -Middle East -India-Pakistan War -Southeast Asia -Perception of President's policies -Relationship to Vietnam War -Peace -Military victory -Military defeat -Hue -A letter -Possible Soviet responses -Content -Responses -Cancellation of Summit -Further military action Press relations -Response of liberals and press -Impact on President and Kissinger -Column by Hugh S. Sidey and James B. (“Scotty”) Reston -William P. Rogers -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -Kissinger's press briefings -Portrayal by press -Reasons -Press -Richard [Surname unknown] -[Unknown person] -Attacks by State Department -Rogers -Bernard Gwertzman -New York Times article by Gwertzman
20 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.) -Sources -Rogers -Haig -Rogers -Content -Murray Marder article -Rogers -May 31, 1971 plan -Kissinger's press contact -Sidey -Jerrold L. Schecter -State Department press contact -Time poll -New York Times article by Gwertzman -Richard F. Pedersen -Robert J. McCloskey -Kissinger's press contact -Haldeman's views -Pedersen -Position at United Nations [UN] Vietnam -Military action -Effect on Summit -Possible cancellation -President's speech -Preparation -Conclusions -President's options -Bombing Hanoi -Kissinger draft -Winston Lord -John K. Andrews, Jr. -Helmut Sonnenfeldt -President's options -Paris negotiations -Walkout -Timing -Choices for US -North Vietnamese offensive -President's response
21 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.) -Walkout -North Vietnamese response -Lyndon B. Johnson -North Vietnamese proposals -Contents -US rejection -US counterproposal -US response -Language -Benefit of continuing negotiations -Thieu -Effect on further military action -Effect on Soviet Summit -May 4, 1972 meeting -Issues -Offensive -Ceasefire -Prisoners of war [POWs] -Expected response -Thieu -Press freedom -New York Times -Military action -Urgency -Timing -News coverage -Soviet response -Impact on Summit -Military benefits -Signal to Hanoi -Message to Soviets -Leonid I. Brezhnev's conversation with Gus Hall -Possible cancellation of Summit -President's visit to Moscow -Timing with North Vietnamese offensive -SALT agreement -Common principles -Possible signature -Possible cancellation -North Vietnamese offensive -Weather
22 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.) -Resupply of South Vietnam -Haig -Tanks -Planes -B-52s -F-4s -Message for Porter -Wording -Le Duc Tho -President’s speech -Wording -President’s schedule -Kissinger's forthcoming trip to Japan -President’s summary -Forthcoming election -Need to avert defeat by Soviets
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Soviet Summit -Risks of military action in Vietnam -Ceasefire possibility -Possible US response -North Vietnam -Hue President's foreign policy -Negotiating principles -Trade, Middle East -PRC -Vietnam
23 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.)
Soviet Summit -Danger of attending during North Vietnamese offensive -Appearance of US weakness -US cancellation -Consequences for Vietnam -Thieu's defeat -The President’s view -Effect of US military action -Soviet cancellation of Summit -Effect on peace talks -The President’s meeting with Congressional leaders -Effect on forthcoming election South Vietnam -Thieu -Opposition -Duong Van Minh's position -Moorer -US relations with Thieu -Expendability -North Vietnamese conditions Soviet Summit -Cancellation and military action -Timing -Advantages -Disadvantages -Relationship to military activities -Hue -Kontum -Agreements with Soviets -Benefits -Health, science -Brezhnev -Risks -Europe, PRC -Value -Forthcoming elections -Response of allies -Frank J. Shakespeare's assessment of détente
24 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.) -Effect on President's prestige -Link to Southeast Asia -Importance of area -Respect for President -Cancellation -Reasons -Danger of attending during North Vietnamese offensive -Nelson A. Rockfeller and Attica prison comparison President's forthcoming speech -Decision -Timing -Draft of speech -Time of delivery -Air strikes -Arrangement with Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. and Moorer -Timing of possible Summit cancellation -Draft of speech -Effect on President's thinking -Preparation -Expected effects of speech -Military action -Timing -Summit -Cancellation -Effect on military action -Preparation of draft -Timing of decision Kissinger left at 12:11 pm.
Conversation No. 718-10 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: 12:14-unknown before 12:18 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull.
25 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-9 (cont.)
President's schedule -Forthcoming meeting -Barber -Time -Arrangements -Time Bull left at an unknown time before 12:18 pm.
Conversation No. 718-11 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: Unknown after 12:14-12:18 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Stephen B. Bull and Alexander P. Butterfield. President's schedule -Appointment with barber -Time Bull left at an unknown time before 12:18 pm. Signatures Telephone call recommendation from Charles W. Colson Notes Temperature in office Compilation of material on astronauts -Sanford L. Fox -Purpose -Approval Butterfield left at 12:18 pm.
26 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Conversation No. 718-12 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: Unknown after 12:18-12:35 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Manolo Sanchez. Sanchez -Forthcoming knee operation -Amount of recovery time Rose Mary Woods entered at 12:19 pm. Sanchez left at an unknown time before 12:35 pm. Temperature in Oval Office
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Gift for John B. and Idanell B. (“Nellie”) Connally Decanter Letter to Cyrus R. Smith -Copy to Connally
27 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-12 (cont.) -Gratitude for decanter -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon -Connally -Commemoration of previous World's Fair -Nixon Library Letters to President from Mrs. John Connally III's class -President's letter of appreciation -Postscript -The President’s and Mrs. Nixon's visit to Connally ranch Adele (Langston) Rogers St. Johns's telephone call to Woods -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -President's statement upon J. Edgar Hoover's death -Previous trip by President to Florida -Gridiron Dinner -President's appearance with John F. Kennedy -Hoover's statement about the President Letter to Miriam Summerfield -Form -President's call -[Arthur E. Summerfield] Letter to Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff -Other form of condolence Decanter -Location -Stephen B. Bull -John Connally -Sanford L. Fox -Description Hoover -President's eulogy -Location -Warren E. Burger -President's statement upon Hoover's death -Eulogy -Preparation
28 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conv. No. 718-12 (cont.)
Julie Nixon Eisenhower -Location Temperature in Oval Office President's schedule Sanchez -Forthcoming knee operation -Recovery time Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 12:19 pm. Weather The President, Woods and Sanchez left at 12:35 pm.
Conversation No. 718-14 Date: May 3, 1972 Time: Unknown between 12:35 pm and 12:59 pm Location: Oval Office Unknown people [Secret Service agents] met. An unknown agent talked with an unknown person at an unknown time after 12:35 pm. [Conversation No. 718-14A] The President’s location -Executive Office Building [EOB] [End of telephone conversation] [Unintelligible] The conversation was cutoff at an unknown time before 12:59 pm.