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  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Stephen B. Bull
  • H. R. Haldeman
  • David N. Parker
February 26, 1973
Conversation No. 413-22

Date: February 26, 1973
Time: 12:23 pm-2:36 pm
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with Stephen B. Bull and H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

President’s schedule
-Wednesday, February 28, 1973
-Press conference
-Luigi Raimondi
-Apostolic delegate
-Departure
-Time of press conference
-Quadriad meeting
-Economic issues
-John D. Ehrlichman
-Tax question
-Scheduling
-Press conference
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-Meeting with Patricia R. Hitt [?]
-Richard M. Helms
-Interview
-Timing
-President’s suggestion
-Meeting with President
-List
-Theater, business people
-Ehrlichman
-Appointments

The President conferred with Bull.

President’s schedule
-Meetings
-Congress members [?]

[End of conferral]

Haldeman talked with Parker at an unknown time between 12:23 and 1:15 pm; the President can be
heard in the background.

[Conversation No. 413-22A]

President's schedule
-School administrators
-Caspar W. (“Cap”) Weinberger

[End of telephone conversation]

President's schedule
-Meetings in morning of February 28, 1973
-Changes in schedule
-Timing
-Reporter
-Recommendation
-Speech
-Time for preparation
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-Announcement
-Governors
-Rose Mary Woods
-Meeting with President, Hitt, and Ehrlichman
-Free time
-Thursday
-Arrival
-Morning
-George P. Shultz
-Ehrlichman
-National Security Council [NSC] meeting
-Scheduling
-Henry A. Kissinger
-Attendees
-William P. Rogers
-Domestic Council
-Time
-Other minor meetings
-Meetings
-Maurice H. Stan’s recommendations
-Next week
-Russ Pruit [?]
-Bahamas
-Meeting with Prime Minister
-Independence
-Potential visit from President
-Bilateral talks
-Defense agreements
-Priority
-Rogers, Melvin R. Laird
-Usefulness
-Rogers

Gen. Brent G. Scowcroft
-Distinguished service medal
-Laird
-Recommendation
-Departure
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Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
-Recipient
-Reason
-Head of military aides

Scowcroft
-Laird
-Medal presentation
-Joint Chiefs of Staff [JCS]
-Pictures

Thomas G. Corcoran
-Henry A. Kissinger’s request
-Meeting with President
-Scheduling

Federal Woman’s Award presentation
-Hitt
-Chairperson
-Meeting with President
-President’s reluctance

Veterans of Foreign Wars [VFW]
-“Voice of Democracy” contest winners
-Dinner

State dining room
-Invitees
-Logistics
-Tour
-Dinner
-Veterans groups

Veterans Administration
-Deal
-Haldeman’s conversation with William J. Baroody, Jr.
-Problem
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-Donald E. Johnson
-Tenure as Administrator of Veterans Affairs
-VFW
-American Legion
-Fred B. Rhodes
-Resignation
-Campaign for director
-VFW
-Selection of candidate
-Baroody
-American Legion

Meeting
-VFW’s “Voice of Democracy” contest winner
-Photographs
-American Legion
-VFW
-Convention

Ambassadors
-Rogers’s recommendation
-John W. Irwin
-Departure for France
-Meeting with President
-Press photographs

White House Fellows
-Meeting with President
-President’s reluctance
-Importance
-Tour
-Scheduling and arrangements
-Pictures
-Length of time
-Conversation
-Frederic V. Malek
-Introductions
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Agency staff members
-Meeting with President
-Compared to White House Fellows
-Senate Fellows
-Meeting with President
-Value
-President’s desire to avoid repetition
-Pictures

President’s schedule
-NSC meeting
-Priority
-Speech [?]
-Leaders’ meeting
-Scheduling
-Domestic Council
-Cabinet meeting

NSC meeting
-Attendance
-Shultz
-Ex officio member
-Attorney General
-Treasury Secretary
-Shultz
-Economics
-Attorney General, Treasury
-Shultz’s attendance
-Restrictions by area of interest
-John A. Scali
-Cabinet members
-James Keogh

Scali
-White House dinners, state dinners
-Attendance
-Cabinet members
-Compared with Kissinger, Rogers, United Nations [UN] Ambassador
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Invitations to worship services and other White House events
-Cabinet officers
-Dinners and services
-Maurice H. Stans’s list of four hundred
-Avoid repetition
-White House staff
-State dinners
-Kissinger
-Celebrity
-Rogers
-Kenneth R. Cole, Jr. and staff

Baroody’s recommendations
-Haldeman’s support
-Invitations
-Cabinet members
-Governors
-Israel state dinner
-Stans’s list
-Dinner compared with reception, entertainment
-Role of Cabinet officers

Governors’ dinner
-Attendance
-Capacity
-Cabinet members
-Cole
-Briefing
-Foreign compared to domestic policy
-White House staff
-Addition to dinner
-Entertainment
-Army Corps
-Attendance
-Baroody, Cole, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew and guest
-Ehrlichman
-James H. Falk
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-Liaisons to Governors
-Governors Association
-Ehrlichman, Cole, Baroody, Falk
-Woods
-Arrangements
-List of attendees

Church services
-Congressional relations staff
-Number invited
-Problems in arrangements
-No shows
-Editors and publishers
-Gridiron
-Drop in attendees
-Kissinger
-Congress members
-William E. Timmons
-Senators
-List
-President's appearance with Congress members
-Value
-Russell B. Long appearance compared to Women in Government event

Congressional relations
-Social affairs
-Color events compared to substance events

President’s schedule
-Awards for women
-Policy matter
-Stans’s list
-Timmons
-Apostolic delegate
-Problems
-Ehrlichman
-Meetings with President
-Foreign officials
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-Coordination by Bull
-Kissinger’s role in scheduling
-Ireland’s ambassador
-St. Patrick’s Day presentations
-Shamrock

White House social affairs
-Entertainment
-Liza Minnelli
-Lawrence Welk
-Invitations
-Coordination
-Bull, Lucy A. Winchester
-William H. Carruthers
-Minnelli
-Irving Berlin
-Award
-Next of kin representative
-Videotape
-Copy to Berlin
-Announcement

Presidential honors [?]
-Sammy Davis, Jr.
-Age
-Samuel Goldwyn, Edward K. (“Duke”) Ellington
-Irving Berlin
-Press coverage
-William [?] Wallace and wife

Medals
-Recipients
-Age
-Citizens’ Medal
-Search process
-As President’s medal
-Publicity
-Arrangements
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-Location for event in White House

Timmons
-Talk with Bull
-Congressional relations
-Difficulties
-Hugh Scott and Gerald R. Ford
-Meetings and events at the White House
-Everett M. Dirksen

Church service
-Number not attending
-Regrets
-Congress members
-Invitations
-Follow through
-Acceptances
-Responses
-Failure to show

White House social office
-Response

Entertainment
-President’s advice for Ball
-Winchester
-Judgment
-Julie Nixon Eisenhower
-Bull’s contact
-Arrangements
-Involvement in arrangement
-Compared with Winchester

Bull left at 1:15 pm.

Bull’s work
-Compared with Winchester
-Compared with Alexander P. Butterfield
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-Voice

Entertainment
-Evenings at the White House
-President’s supporters
-Talent
-Leonard Bernstein
-President’s consistent supporters
-List of entertainers
-Bull, [First name unknown] Truturo [?], Ray Cordero [?]

Nobel Prize
-Raymond K. Price, Jr.
-William L. Safire, John Reagan (“Tex”) McCrary, Richard A. Moore,
Rogers
-President’s answer at press conference
-Price’s memorandum
-Rogers, Moore, and Price’s recommendation
-Safire’s recommendation
-Withdrawal of President's name from consideration
-Prisoners of war [POWs]
-McCrary’s recommendations
-Kissinger
-Role of negotiator
-Rogers
-Jews
-Withdrawal of President’s name
-Problems
-Acceptances of other honors
-POW awards
-Silver Buffalo awards
-Boy Scouts of America [BSA]
-Moore’s recommendations
-Questions at press conference
-Possible answer
-Rogers’s recommendations

Scheduling
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-Ehrlichman
-Trade
-Role in administration
-National chairmen [?]
-Use as traveling representative
-Moore [?]
-President’s travel
-Press coverage
-Ehrlichman
-Responsibilities
-Job in Seattle

Press conferences
-Ehrlichman
-Points to make
-Preparation

Speeches
-Preparation
-Philadelphia
-Speechwriters
-Material
-Kevin P. Phillips and Clay T. (“Tom”) Whitehead
-Daniel P. (“Pat”) Moynihan
-Phillips
-Mischaracterization of remark
-Frequent quotation
-Compared to comments by Moynihan and Kissinger
-“Benign neglect”
-“Peace is at hand”

Bull [?]

McCrary

Press relations
-President’s conversation with Ronald L. Ziegler
-Barbara Walters
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Kissinger
-Value to administration
-Congressional briefings
-Mass audience
-Television [TV] image
-Interview with Walters
-Press image
-Substance
-Support for bombing
-Recommendations
-Interview with Walters
-Bombing decision
-Compared with Herbert G. Klein
-Audience focus
-VFW dinner
-Invitation
-Need for support for President

POWs
-Press conference
-Washington Post article
-Administration’s work with POWs
-Credibility of the Washington Post and New York Times
-Press conference
-Dislike of Jane Fonda
-Support for President
-Scripted responses
-Credibility of the Washington Post

Kissinger
-Recommendations to President
-Initiative on policy towards the People's Republic of China [PRC]
-December 1972 bombing
-Credit to President

POWs
-Dinner meeting with President
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-Scheduling
-Number of attendees
-Wives
-Arrangements
-Reception
-Timing
-Press coverage
-Washington Post, New York Times
-Frustrations
-Peace with honor
-Kissinger’s statement compared with Rogers
-TV
-Briefings

Middle East negotiations
-Israel
-Shooting down of passenger airline
-Financial compensation
-Intentions
-Elections
-Kissinger’s recommendations
-US compared with Israel
-Kissinger
-Blindness
-Shooting down of passenger airline
-Civilian transport
-Rogers’s condolence call to Hafez Ismail
-Actions compared to Kissinger

PRC
-Ronald L. Ziegler
-Foreign relations
-Significance
-Compared with lunar landing
-Soviet Union
-Mao Tse-tung
-Meeting with President
-Kissinger
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Woods
-Meeting with President
-Bull
-Invitations
-Timmons
-Congress members
-Complaints
-Meeting
-Schedule
-List meeting
-Meetings with Haldeman
-Congress members
-Timmons
-Invitations
-Compared with businessmen
-Important votes
-Economy

Congressional relations
-Timmons
-Invitations
-Timing
-Woods’s opinion
-Protocol
-Woods’s opinion
-Kissinger, Rogers
-Church service
-Cabinet
-Invitees
-Christmas
-Cabinet
-Children and families
-Arthur F. Burns
-Laird
-Friends and extended family
-Scheduling
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Diplomatic reception
-Memorandum to Haldeman
-Arrangements
-Attendees
-Senior staff
-Cabinet
-Department heads

White House social affairs
-Calendar of events
-Number of events
-Church services
-State visits
-Repeat invitations
-President’s second term
-Dwight D. Eisenhower’s policy

State visits and dinners
-Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti
-[Shah of Iran] Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
-Latin American visitors
-Shah of Iran
-Visit from Italy’s prime minister
-Francis A. (“Frank”) Sinatra
-Entertainment
-Israel, Italy, Japan
-[Emperor of Japan] Hirohito
-Soviet Union
-Shah of Iran
-Edward Gierek
-Poland
-Africa
-Ivory Coast
-Felix Houpouet-Biogny
-Thailand
-Vietnam [?]
-Liberia
-1974
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-Latin Americans
-President’s preferences
-Juan M. Bordaberry
-Uruguay
-Bolivia
-Juan Velasco Alvarado
-Scheduling
-Shah of Iran
-Scheduling
-Leader from Africa
-Scheduling
-Soviet Union visit
-Velasco visit
-Arrangement
-Kakuei Tanaka
-State visit
-Emperor of Japan
-Scheduling
-Importance
-Dinners
-Soviet Union, Tanaka, Africa, Latin America
-Scheduling
-Time of the year
-President’s schedule
-Fall 1973
-Christmas
-Dinners
-Schedule
-Italy
-April
-Singapore
-Lee Kuan Yew
-Velasco, Soviet Union, Tanaka
-Summer 1973
-California vacation

Europe [?]
-President’s visit [?]
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White House dinners
-Scheduling
-State visits
-Days of the week
-Lee Kuan Yew
-Rogers

John Ford
-Testimonial dinner in Hollywood
-Scheduling, date
-Arrival of Nguyen Van Thieu
-President’s appearance
-Medal of Freedom

Julie Nixon Eisenhower
-Social activities at the White House
-Non-political activities
-Visits to states

Tricia Nixon Cox
-Non-political activities
-News coverage
-News story
-Causes
-Volunteer activities
-Constance M. (Cornell) (“Connie”) Stuart
-Number of causes, appearances

Hitt
-Controversy
-Weinberger
-Incentives
-Difficulty

Jobs
-John E. Nidecker
-United States Information Agency [USIA]
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Ambassadorial appointments
-Ned Sullivan
-Woods
-Correspondence
-UN ambassador [?]
-Personnel
-Hiring of better writer for Lyndon B. Johnson

Ehrlichman
-Meetings with Haldeman and Kissinger
-New goals for second term
-Kissinger
-Ideas for second term
-Haldeman and Price
-Public relations

Pam Powell [?]

VFW kids
-Visit with President
-Value

Bicentennial
-Report on Bicentennial activities
-James T. Lynn
-Site selection
-H. Ross Perot, John D. Rockefeller, III
-Organization
-Perot’s brother [?]
-Dallas-Fort Worth Airport
-New legislation
-American Revolution Bicentennial Commission
-American Revolution Bicentennial Administration [ARBA]
-Report on Bicentennial activities
-Full-time chairman
-Candidate
-Frank Borman
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-Howard Chernoff
-Qualities of a chairman
-Chernoff
-Legislation
-David N. Parker [?]

John B. Connally
-Party change
-International Revenue Service [IRS]

Kitchen cabinet
-Clark MacGregor
-Bryce N. Harlow
-George H. W. Bush
-William E. Brock, III

White House staff
-Klein
-Dealings with President
-Press reports
-Interpretations of President’s mood

President’s request
-Paul Greenberg
-Adrian Leigh [Lee?]
-Edwin A. Roberts
-National Observer

Ziegler
-Press relations
-Concerns for intelligence
-Foreign policy area
-Greenberg, Leigh [Lee?]

White House staff and cabinet
-John A. Scali
-Turnover
-Moynihan, Burns
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-James Keogh
-Judgment
-Judgment
-Klein
-Elliot L. Richardson
-Balance of views
-Patrick J. Buchanan
-Personality
-Realist [?]
-William F. Safire

Federal government
-Control by White House
-Weak spots

Ziegler

Achievements
-Small objectives

Goals for second term
-Need for positive goals
-Reaction-oriented behavior
-Press relations
-Maurice H. Stans
-Business, labor
-Control of events

Congressional relations
-Social events
-Effects
-Congressional liaison
-Harlow
-Timmons

-MacGregor
-New appointment
-Congress member
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-MacGregor
-Ehrlichman
-Congressional office
-Timmons
-Domestic affairs legislation
-Compared with Kissinger
-Timmons
-Responsibilities
-Operator compared to spokesman duties
-Ehrlichman and Kissinger
-Responsibilities
-Press relations
-Substantive policy
-Ehrlichman
-Domestic Council
-Charles W. Colson
-Office
-Congressional liaison
-Ehrlichman
-Dealings with Congress members
-Compared to Kissinger
-Goals
-Party politics
-Watergate issue
-Haldeman
-Dealings with Congress members

President’s schedule
-Manolo Sanchez

Haldeman left at 2:36 pm.
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