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  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • H. R. Haldeman
  • Stephen B. Bull
  • Alexander P. Butterfield
  • White House operator
  • John N. Mitchell
August 2, 1972
Conversation No. 759-2

Date: August 2, 1972
Time: 8:32 am - 10:25 am
Location: Oval Office

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

Films on presidential actions for the Republican National Convention
-Richard A. Moore's involvement
-Haldeman’s concerns
-Content
-John D. Ehrlichman
-Domestic Council
-Script


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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Nov-03)


BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 1
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 2m 38s ]


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Films on presidential actions for the Republican Convention
-Design of films
-Blue-collar focus
-Tone
-Previous interview with the President
-Subjects of films
-Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon
-“Nixon the man”
-The President’s time in office
-Length of films
-Advantages
-Television
-Film on the President’s time in office
-The President's televised address in the Soviet Union
-Tanya Savicheva story
-Use in film
-Possible use in the President’s forthcoming acceptance speech
-The President’s appearance in a Soviet cemetery
-Audience
-Compared to audience for the President’s forthcoming acceptance
speech
-Compared to audience for the President’s televised address in the
Soviet Union
-Images from the President’s trip to the Soviet Union
-Tanya
-Graves
-Flame at cemetery
-Tanya
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Nov-03)

-Soviet children
-GUM department store
-The President's appearance before Congress, June 1, 1972
-Foreign policy
-The President's efforts to end the war in Vietnam
-The President’s appearance with US troops in South Vietnam, July 30,
1969
-Color film


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 2
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 2m 26s ]


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Films on presidential actions for the Republican Convention
-Content
-Edward R.F. Cox and Tricia Nixon Cox wedding footage
-Mrs. Nixon
-Chou En-lai with the President
-Film on the President
-Film on Mrs. Nixon
-Film on Mrs. Nixon
-Footage from wedding
-The President and Mrs. Nixon
-The President and Mrs. Nixon
-Beach scenes
-Mrs. Nixon’s previous trip to Africa
-Soviet Union
-People's Republic of China [PRC]
-Film on “Nixon the man”
-Dinner honoring Edward K. (“Duke”) Ellington, April 29, 1969
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Tape Subject Log
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-The President's piano playing
-The President’s conversation with Ehrlichman
-Legislation
-The President’s conversation with Haldeman
-Cabinet staffing


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 28s ]


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Films on presidential actions for the Republican Convention
-Views of the President
-Harry S. Dent
-Robert J. Brown
-Ehrlichman
-The President’s family history
-Hannah Milhous Nixon
-Length
-Audience
-Possible uses
-Meetings
-Local television
-John F. Kennedy's use of film in 1960
-Compared to Kennedy films
-David L. Wolper's view
-Emotional impact
-Scarcity value of the President’s films
-Film scenes
-The President’s meeting with the Cabinet Committee on International
Narcotics Control, March 20, 1972
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Tape Subject Log
(rev. Nov-03)

-Level of heroin use
-The President’s trip to New York City, March 20, 1972
-Review of customs procedures
-Busing
-The President's statement
-Ehrlichman
-Education
-Ehrlichman’s forthcoming review of the films


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 38s ]


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The President's schedule
-Possible trip to Thomas B. McCabe, Jr.’s residence
-Insects
-Possible meeting with James O. Eastland
-Possible trip to McCabe residence
-Republican National Convention
-Forthcoming meeting with senior advisors
-John B. Connally
-John N. Mitchell
-Herbert Brownell
-Connally
-Clark MacGregor
-Robert J. Dole
-Bryce N. Harlow
-Brownell
-Dole
-Connally
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Tape Subject Log
(rev. Nov-03)

-MacGregor
-Haldeman
-Charles W. Colson
-Connally
-Camp David
-Sequoia
-Camp David
-Timing
-Haldeman’s forthcoming conversation with Connally

Haldeman’s contact with individuals
-Connally
-William F. (“Billy”) Graham
-Lawrence M. Higby


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 5
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[Duration: 8m 39s ]


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[Dwight] David Eisenhower, II's attendance at Republican National Convention
-View of the Navy
-Secretary of the Navy
-John W. Warner
-Carl A. Hatch Act
-The President's view of applicability to Eisenhower
-Presence of other service personnel


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Tape Subject Log
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 7m 3s ]


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General Accounting Office [GAO] investigation
-Scope
-Expenditures
-Ehrlichman [?]
-Contributions
-Expenditures
-Time magazine report
-William Proxmire

Watergate
-Jeb Stuart Magruder testimony
-Richard G. Kleindienst
-L[ouis] Patrick Gray, III
-Investigation
-Magruder
-Plausibility of testimony
-Knowledge
-G[eorge] Gordon Liddy

Campaign
-Maurice H. Stans
-Budget controls
-Expenses for Watergate-related activities
-Magruder
-MacGregor
-Need for controls
-Frederic V. Malek
-Spending
-Murray M. Chotiner
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Tape Subject Log
(rev. Nov-03)

-The President’s view
-Personnel expenses compared to other expenses
-Advertising
-Budget Committee
-Haldeman
-Stans
-Uses of budget control
-Voter registration
-Balloons
-Emery boards

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 8:32 am.

Thomas F. Eagleton
-Photograph of son [Terry Eagleton] with the President
-Age of Terry Eagleton
-Timing of photograph
-The President’s trip to San Clemente
-Signing ceremony for Construction Safety Bill
-Cabinet Room
-The President’s autograph
-Rose Mary Woods
-Wire service photograph
-Oliver F. (“Ollie”) Atkins
-Compared to White House photograph

Bull left and reentered at an unknown time between 8:32 am and 9:30 am.

-The President’s request for a photograph enlargement
-Wire service photograph compared to White House photograph
-Request for photograph enlargement

Bull left at an unknown time before 9:30 am.


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7
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[Duration: 3m 54s ]


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Washingtonian Article [“Sex, Power, and Politics”]
-Patrick J. Buchanan
-Edward M. Kennedy
-Lyndon B. Johnson
-John F. Kennedy
-The President's administration
-Secret Service agents
-San Clemente
-John Kennedy
-Prostitutes
-Incident
-Jacqueline (Bouvier) Kennedy
-Johnson
-Secretaries


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 8
[Privacy]
[Duration: 3s ]


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Washingtonian article
-Johnson
-Claudia A. (Taylor) (“Lady Bird”) Johnson
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Tape Subject Log
(rev. Nov-03)

-Dole
-Frederick G. Dutton
-Divorce
-Second marriage
-Children by a third woman
-Portrayal of the administration
-Secret Service views
-Stories from the administration of John Kennedy
-Pierre E.G. Salinger
-Theodore C. Sorensen
-Kenneth P. O'donnell
-Florida trips
-Buchanan’s view

[Allegation concerning George S. McGovern]
-Fort Wayne


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 14
[Privacy]
[Duration: 24s ]


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Washingtonian article
-Randy Agnew
-Vice President Spiro T. Agnew
-Activities
-Kim Agnew


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Tape Subject Log
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 15
[Privacy]
[Duration: 32s ]


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Washingtonian article
-View of the President
-John F. Kennedy
-Charles G. (\"Bebe\") Rebozo
-Key Biscayne

Alexander P. Butterfield entered at 9:30 am.

Legislative matter [?]
-Schedule

Butterfield left at 9:33 am.

Washingtonian article
-Administration staff
-Edward L. Morgan
-John W. Dean, III
-Maureen (Kane) Dean
-Henry A. Kissinger
-Unknown staff member
-Unknown secretary
-Buchanan


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 9
[Privacy]
[Duration: 20s ]
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Administration staff
-Haldeman’s view


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 10
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[Duration: 4m 24s ]


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The President's schedule
-Possible meeting with Elaine (Schwartzenburg) Edwards
-Edwin W. Edwards
-Appointment of wife as senator
-Previous meeting with the President
-Thomas C. Korologos
-Russell B. Long

Press
-The President’s request for a bibliography of works attacking the President
-News summary
-Leonard Lurie
-Unknown book
-“Underground press”
-Graham
-Attacks on Johnson
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-The Running of Richard Nixon
-Haldeman’s view
-Reviews
-Compared to hate mail
-Compared to pornography
-Coverage of the President


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 11
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[Duration: 5m 26s ]


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Haldeman talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 9:33 am and 10:25
am.

[Conversation No. 759-2A]

[See Conversation No. 28-40]

Haldeman conferred with the President.

The President's schedule
-Possible meeting with Mitchell and Brownell
-Walkers Cay
-Republican National Convention

[End of conferral]

[End of telephone conversation]
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 12
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[Duration: 5m 31s ]


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Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:33 am.

Telephone call for Haldeman
-Mitchell

Bull left at an unknown time before 10:25 am.

Haldeman talked with Mitchell at an unknown time between 9:33 am and 10:25 am.

[Conversation No. 759-2B]

[See Conversation No. 28-41]

The President conferred with Haldeman.

The President’s schedule
-Forthcoming meeting with Mitchell, Brownell, Connally, and MacGregor
-Timing
-Mitchell’s schedule

[End of conferral]

[End of telephone conversation]

Mitchell's concerns
-Martha (Beall) Mitchell
-The President’s conversation with John Mitchell, August 1, 1972
-Rose Mary Woods
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-Martha Mitchell’s actions with John Mitchell
-Watergate apartments
-Need for treatment
-New York
-Maine Chance
-Use of resort to treat alcoholism
-Golden Door


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 13
[Personal returnable]
[Duration: 14m 59s ]


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The President's contact with media
-Possible press conference
-Connally's view
-Scheduling
-Timing
-Use of prime time
-William P. Rogers
-Possible press conference on August 10, 1972
-The President’s forthcoming acceptance speech
-Connally
-Republican platform committee meeting
-Possibility of televised press conference
-Office press conference
-Republican platform committee meeting
-Office press conference
-Revenue sharing bill signing
-Location
-East Room
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Nov-03)

-Participants
-Governors
-Senators
-George S. McGovern
-Committee members
-Mayors
-County officers
-Senate leadership
-Senate committee members
-Use of East Room
-Participation of Connally
-Television coverage
-Ehrlichman
-Nelson A. Rockefeller
-Sense of accomplishment
-East Room
-Ronald L. Ziegler
-Interviews

The President's schedule
-Haldeman’s forthcoming call to Connally
-Forthcoming meeting with the President
-John Mitchell
-Brownell
-John Mitchell
-Martha Mitchell
-The President’s forthcoming meeting with Connally, and Haldeman
-MacGregor
-Colson
-Haldeman
-Colson
-Possible meeting on the Sequoia
-Possible trip to the McCabe residence
-Rebozo
-Robert H. Abplanalp
-Security
-Previous reception for the Secret Service
-Julie Nixon Eisenhower
-Lack of alcohol
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Tape Subject Log
(rev. Nov-03)

-Robert H. Taylor
-Agnew
-John T. (“Jack”) Sherwood
-John Kennedy assassination
-Refreshments
-Previous Johnson reception

Secret Service
-Capability of agents
-Education
-Demeanor
-Travel
-PRC
-Soviet Union
-San Clemente
-Florida

The President's schedule
-Tricia Nixon Cox [?]
-Possible meeting with Ehrlichman

Haldeman left at 10:25 am.
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