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APPENDIX D:

NIXON TAPE TRANSCRIPT

“Anybody can be President of the United States, but very few can ever have any hope of becoming President of the Bohemian Club.”

President Richard Nixon, 1972

Nixon’s Oval Office Conversation Admitting
Having Attended Bohemian Grove

Throughout his presidency, Richard Nixon made secret recordings of the meetings that were held in the Oval Office. On October 5, 1999, the National Archives made available to the public 445 hours of previously unreleased Oval Office tapes.

The following is a portion of a transcript from a May 13th, 1971, conversation in the Oval Office between President Richard Nixon, John D. Ehrlichman, and H. R. Haldeman 1:

RICHARD NIXON: We’re going to [put] more of these little Negro bastards on the welfare rolls at $2,400 a family — let people like Pat Moynihan and [special consultant] Leonard Garment and others believe in all that crap. But I don’t believe in it. Work, work — throw ’em off the rolls. That’s the key.

JOHN D. EHRLICHMAN: The key is Reagan’s neutrality. If Reagan blasts this thing and says it’s not strong enough on the work-requirement end, that

Footnotes

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Source — Harper’s Magazine, Feb, 2000 “All the Philosopher King’s Men” — transcribed by Chicago Tribune reporter James Warren