Telephone conversation between President Richard Nixon and Bob Haldeman April 30, 1973, 10:16 p.m.
President Nixon: Hello?
Bob Haldeman: Hi.
RMN: Hope I didn't let you down.
BH: No, sir. You got your points over, and now you've got it set right and move on. You're right where you ought to be.
RMN: Well, it's a tough thing, Bob, for you and for John and the rest, but, goddamnit, I'm never going to discuss the son-of-bitching Watergate thing again. Never, never, never, never. Don't you agree?
BH: Yes, sir. You've done it now, and you've laid out your position. You've laid out--you've taken your steps. You've put the--
RMN: Interesting thing, we haven't heard a - the only cabinet member that has called-and this is 50 minutes after the thing is over-- is Cap Weinberger, bless his soul. All the rest are waiting to see what the polls show. Goddamn strong Cabinet, isn't it?
BH: You better check and be sure, because they may--you know , we've had a --
RMN: No, they know, they know, they know who to call, they know they can get through. But in any event, I just want you to know that Cap called -and he is all the way.
RMN: But let me say you're a strong man, goddamnit, and I love you.
RMN: And, you know, I love John and all the rest, and, by God, keep the faith. Keep the faith. You're going to win this son of a bitch.
RMN: You noticed what I said about the violence and so forth on the other side? I mean there were some intricacies in this that only the sophisticated will understand.
BH: Yes sir. I want to get the text because there were some things to work on from there, that we can build on--
RMN: I thought it was good to end on what I deeply felt - the religious note - you know - God bless America. I'm sure it must have driven you up the wall, it didn't drive me up the wall, but I felt that way.
BH: No, I'm all for that, I completely agree.
RMN: I don't know whether you can call and get any reactions? And call me back, like the old style?
BH: I don't think I can
RMN: I completely agree
BH: I'm in an odd spot to try and do that-
RMN: Don't call a goddamn soul. Let me just say, getting this call from you, when I haven't heard from any cabinet officer, except Weinberger, an hour afterwards - and no staff member-
BH: When I called, the board said they were instructed not to put any calls through-
RMN: The hell with that, I told them to put all the calls through
BH: Well, that may be why you haven't gotten them - because-
RMN: Alright, I'll change it. Fine, I'll change it. But God bless you boy, God bless you, I love you, as you know, as my brother.