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551–1
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • H. R. Haldeman
  • Manolo Sanchez
  • Stephen B. Bull
  • UNKNOWN
  • John G. Tower
  • Elliot L. Richardson
  • Clark MacGregor
  • William D. Eberle
  • Peter G. Peterson
  • Frederic V. Malek
  • John N. Mitchell
July 29, 1971
Conversation No. 551-1

Date: July 29, 1971
Time: 8:55 am - 10:26 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman.

Current news items
-Arthur F. Burns
-Relations with the White House
-Possible action on the Federal Reserve Board [FRB]
-Handling of story

Manolo Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 8:55 am.

Notes, refreshments

Sanchez left at an unknown time before 9:05 am.

Economic issues
-John B. Connally
-FRB
-Burns’ salary
-Possible expansion
-Possible transfer
-Reorganization
-Compared to Franklin D. Roosevelt
-Attempt at packing Supreme Court
-George P. Shultz
-Response

[Pause]

Lockheed Corporation
-Situation
-Vote

Personnel staffing
-Constance M. (“Connie”) Stuart
-Thelma C. (Ryan) (“Pat”) Nixon’s opinion
-Julie Robinson
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-Job action
-United States Information Agency [USIA]
-Haldeman's role
-Handling

[Pause]

Economic news
-Leading indicators
-Earnings

Schedule
-Florida
-Rose Mary Woods
-Number of visits
-Trip invitations

Sanchez entered at an unknown time after 8:55 am.

Notes

Sanchez left at an unknown time before 9:05 am.

-Forthcoming trip to Canton, Ohio, July 30-31, 1971
-Woods
-John A. Scali
-High school reunion
-Woods
-Reaction to invitation
-The President's schedule after Ohio stop
-California
-Bohemian Grove
-Florida
-Charles G. (\"Bebe\") Rebozo
-Handling of staff visits
-Guests
-Roger E. Johnson

Burns
-Handling of situation
-FRB
-Shultz
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Connally
-Congress
-Shultz

Budget
-1971, 1972, 1973
-Deficits Conv. No. 551-1 (cont.)
-Estimates
-Haldeman's conversation with Shultz

The President's schedule, July 29, 1971
-Meeting request
-Murray M. Chotiner
-Timing
-Possible subject of meeting
-F. Donald Nixon
-Robert C. Hill
-Henry A. Kissinger

Connally
-Follow-up

Spiro T. Agnew
-Memorandum
-Timing of action
-Robert H. Finch
-Ronald W. Reagan

Conservatives
-Barry M. Goldwater
-Reagan
-Compared to handling of Burns story
-John N. Mitchell's conversation with J. Daniel Mahoney
-Use of name on conservatives' foreign policy statement

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 8:55 am.

John G. Tower

Bull left at an unknown time before 9:05 am.
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Conservatives
-William F. Buckley, Jr.
-Human Events

An unknown person entered at an unknown time after 8:55 am.

Schedule
Conv. No. 551-1 (cont.)
The unknown person left at an unknown time before 9:05 am.

Conservatives
-Mahoney
-Mitchell
-James L. Buckley
-Stance
-Effect of action compared with liberals
-Press coverage
-Ripon society
-Young Americans for Freedom [YAF]
-Conservative Union
-National Review
-Human Events

The press
-The Washington Post
-Charles W. Colson
-Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]
-Frank Stanton
-Colson's contacts
-Coverage of July 28, 1971 congressional ceremony

Tower, Mitchell, Elliot L. Richardson, and Clark MacGregor entered at 9:05 am; the White
House photographer was present at the beginning of the meeting.

Schedule

Lockheed
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Mitchell's European trip
-Switzerland
-Treaty
-Bank accounts
-Great Britain
-Prime Minister

Congress Conv. No. 551-1 (cont.)
-Lockheed vote
-Airbus
-Legislation
-Department of the Treasury
-Small Business Administration [SBA]
-Emergency loan provisions
-House of Representatives
-Action
-Tower’s conversation with H. Allen Smith
-Cloture vote
-Status
-Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield

Busing
-Political implications
-Southern states
-George C. Wallace
-Department of Health Education and Welfare [HEW]
-Plan
-Racial balance
-Extent of government action
-Swan case
-Decision
-Lower court action
-George W. Romney
-Housing
-Racial integration
-Housing and Urban Development [HUD] guidelines
-Public attitudes
-Memorandum

Integration
-Business community
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Busing
-Court appeal
-Hispanics
-Curtis Graves
-Dallas
-Texas state legislature
-Austin
-Situation Conv. No. 551-1 (cont.)
-Visitation versus desegregation
-Application
-Elliot Richardson
-Political implications
-HEW
-Federal government role
-Swan case
-Comparison with Judge Roberts [?]
-Austin case
-Role of the Department of Justice [DOJ]
-April decision on Swan case
-Charlotte-Mecklenberg case
-Legal status
-Executive branch role
-Political implications
-Charlotte-Mecklenberg case
-Southern districts
-Supreme Court decision
-Austin decision
-Future court action
-Effects on school boards
-Austin plan
-Scope
-Desegregation
-HEW’s role
-Visitation
-Frequency
-Political effect
-Presidential election
-Tower’s re-election
-DOJ, HEW roles and positions
-Clarification of Supreme Court decision
-Requirements
-Timing
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-Texas
-Brown vs. the Board of Education decision
-Southern states
-Presidential popularity
-Wallace
-Polls
-Strom Thurmond
-William E. Brock, III Conv. No. 551-1 (cont.)
-William J. (“Jack”) Edwards
-HUD
-Operation Dixie
-School integration
-Compared to the North
-De jure segregation
-Court cases
-Administrative discretion
-Romney
-Short term versus long term considerations
-Statements
-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [NAACP]
-Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama
-Situation on litigation and overturning decisions
-Austin case
-Timing
-1972
-Possible appeal
-Swan compliance
-DOJ attitude towards HEW plan
-Swan case compliance
-View of HEW
-Areas of concentrated black population
-Supreme Court
-Non-contiguous zoning for busing
-Austin case
-White flight
-Re-segregation
-Edward L. Morgan
-Busing plans
-Reaction
-Charlotte-Mecklenburg
-Civil War
-President’s view
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-Political impact of issue
-Jack Edwards
-Brown decision
-Government posture
-HEW plan
-DOJ handling
-HEW plan
-Compliance with Swan decision Conv. No. 551-1 (cont.)
-Effect
-Perception of administration
-Editorials
-Minister
-Southern States
-Separate but equal schools
-School board proposals
-Jackson, Mississippi
-Clarke T. Reed
-Charlotte, North Carolina
-Political exploitation
-Wallace
-Mitchell, Tower, Richard C. Van Dusen
-Richmond, Virginia
-School district mergers
-Legality
-Abraham A. Ribicoff plan
-Southern blacks
-Busing
-Principles
-People's approach to communities
-Chicago
-Poles
-Charles H. Percy
-Italians
-Catholics, Protestants
-Vocational training
-Moral position, judicial position

Congressional action
-Lockheed

Small Business Administration loans
-Thomas S. Kleppe's work
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-David Packard
-Melvin R. Laird

Tower, Richardson, and MacGregor left at 10:04 am.

The President's schedule
-William D. Eberle
Conv. No. 551-1 (cont.)
Busing
-Austin situation
-NAACP
-Involvement
-Justice Department
-Monitoring court cases via transcripts

The U.S. initiative towards the People's Republic of China [PRC]

Schedule
-Eberle

Eberle, Peter G. Peterson and Frederic V. Malek entered at 10:06 am.

Greetings

Mitchell left at 10:08 am.

Special Trade Representative
-Perceptions
-Responsibilities, mission
-Trade issues
-Other countries
-Perception of US commitment
-Economic negotiation
-Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty [SALT] comparison
-Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD]
-State Department
-High level meeting
-London Times
-Commitments
-David M. Kennedy
-Budget memorandum
-Shultz
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-Office of Management and Budget [OMB]
-Perceptions
-International negotiation
-Status of missions
-Timing of action
-1972 election

International economic relations Conv. No. 551-1 (cont.)
-Europe, Japan
-Singapore
-Negotiation
-Japan, the European Economic Community [Common Market]
-Foreign, domestic policy
-Council of Economic Advisors [CEA]
-Toilet paper
-Canada
-Political factors
-Labor unions
-Business
-Interests
-U.S. stance
-Kennedy's mission
-Congressional support
-Supersonic transport [SST] and aviation industry
-The President's conversation with William M. Magruder
-Lockheed
-Rolls-Royce
-McDonnell-Douglas
-Production abroad
-US stance
-Anti-trust situation
-Richard W. McLaren

Special Trade Representative
-Focus
-Representative
-Trade policy
-Location
-Eberle's position
-Relations with Peterson
-Access to the President
-Presidential assignment
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-State Department, Commerce Department, Treasury Department
-Eberle's conversation with Connally
-Japan
-Undervalued yen
-State Department
-William P. Rogers
-CEA
-Treasury Department Conv. No. 551-1 (cont.)
-Connally
-Maurice H. Stans, James D. Hodgson
-Clifford M. Hardin
-Connally, Peterson
-Executive departments
-Focus
-Commerce, Labor, Agriculture
-Comparison to the President, Connally, Peterson
-Handling of recommendations
-Option papers for the President
-Focus of Office of Special Trade Representative [OSTR]
-Public announcement of change
-Background press briefing
-Commitment

Eberle
-Home
-Location
-Mrs. Eberle
-Background

OSTR
-Timing of appointment
-Connally meeting
-Carl J. Gilbert
-Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] background check
-Number of applicants
-OECD
-Coordination
-Meetings
-Negotiation

Eberle
-Move to Washington
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Eberle et al. left at 10:26 am.
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