Destroying the Tapes

Date: 
Wednesday, April 18, 1973 - 8:11am - 8:38am
Participants: 
Richard Nixon, Bob Haldeman
Location: 
Oval Office
Listen: 


President Nixon: I've often thought that if this thing should parse out the way that it might--we don't know that it will--you're absolutely right, we don't--there's [unclear] goddamn [unclear], you know what I mean?

Bob Haldeman: Mm-hmm.

President Nixon: Every day you live. I'd like for you to take all these tapes, if you wouldn't mind. In other words . . .

Haldeman: Yeah.

President Nixon: I'd like to--there's some material in there that's probably worth keeping.

Haldeman: Yeah.

President Nixon: Most of it is worth destroying. Would you like--would you do that?

Haldeman: Sure.

President Nixon: You know, as a service to the [Nixon] Library and so forth and so on.

Haldeman: Sure.

President Nixon: [Unclear.] Then I think I'll keep the damn machine in. But I--

Haldeman: I think maybe if you want to--

President Nixon: Yeah. Well, you know what I mean? It's just every son-of-a-bitch--

Haldeman: It's not a bad thing for you to have.

President Nixon: --conversation is interesting and so forth and so on.

Original tape courtesy of the Nixon Library. This transcript is a working draft. Please let us know if you find important errors.