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The Future Presidents Club

Future Presidents on the White House Tapes

Through their interactions with the White House while Congressmen, Senators, or Governors, several future presidents have been captured on the White House tapes. We have pulled together some of the recorded conversations with Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon before they moved into the Oval Office.

Gerald Ford

Gerald Ford

Of all the congressional members on the Warren Commission, Ford was the least known to President Johnson. He had been first elected to the House in 1948, the same year Johnson won his Senate seat. Ford's first and only intensive encournter with Lyndon Johnson had occurred in 1957, when both men served on a bipartisan House-Senate committee formed to draft the legislation creating NASA.

President Nixon calls Ford to congratulate him on a House vote defeating a Vietnam withdrawal deadline.

House Majority Leader Hale Boggs had accused the FBI of tapping congressional phones and had called for FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to be fired.

A vote to resume financing of the Supersonic Transport plan was going down to the wire.

A vote to resume financing of the Supersonic Transport plane ultimately went the way Ford and Nixon wanted.

Richard Nixon

Richard Nixon

LBJ and presidential candidate Richard Nixon discuss Vietnam during the 1968 election.

LBJ and President-elect Richard Nixon discuss prospects for peace in Vietnam.

 

 

Ronald Reagan

 

 

Ronald Reagan

Nixon tells Reagan that he was prepared to defy the Supreme Court in ordering a nuclear test at Amchitka.

Nixon and Reagan try to set up a meeting in California.

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