(In 1996, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, 201 more hours of previously unreleased Watergate tapes were made available to the public. Stanley Kutler, the editor of "Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Oval Office Tapes," did an admirable job of transcribing the tapes and putting them in a proper historical context. However, he was unable to include all of the tapes in his book. What follows are excerpts from a few of the tapes left out of Kutler's book, with each recording dated and those in attendance so noted.)
APRIL 22, 1973: THE PRESIDENT, H.R. "BOB" HALDEMAN, AND HENRY KISSINGER, 9:50--10:50 A.M., OVAL OFFICE.
KISSINGER: I'm right here, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT NIXON: Oh...uh, Henry, good, I'm glad you're here...I want you to get down on your knees, Henry, and pray for me...I'm up shit creek without a paddle. I've got the damn Jew press on me like a "kick me" sign taped to my ass.
KISSINGER: Of course, Mr. President.
HALDEMAN: You can kneel over here, Henry.
PRESIDENT NIXON: Never mind that...just get me some support from those sons-of-bitches in the cabinet. Tell them I've got stuff on them...pictures.
KISSINGER: But, Mr. President, you have these things?
PRESIDENT NIXON: We've got tons of stuff...tons...
KISSINGER: All right, Mr. President, but it would help me if I could...see the pictures.
HALDEMAN: We'll get some for you, Henry.
KISSINGER: Good. Now, sir, I want to discuss the latest operation in Camb—(cuts off)
APRIL 23, 1973: THE PRESIDENT, HALDEMAN, AND JOHN EHRLICHMAN, 11:20--11:45 A.M., EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING.
HALDEMAN: He knows, and he wants...
PRESIDENT NIXON: How much?
HALDEMAN: He wants...one million.
PRESIDENT NIXON: One million? The cocksucker! What's he going to do with a million dollars—buy himself an island? (He laughs.)
EHRLICHMAN: Yeah, Cuba.
HALDEMAN: He's probably the only one who could take Castro out.
PRESIDENT NIXON: Is he a Jew?
EHRLICHMAN: Who? Desi Arnaz? No.
HALDEMAN: What about his ex-wife?
PRESIDENT NIXON: I hear she's all tied up with her show...it's awful.
EHRLICHMAN: What's awful?
HALDEMAN: Her show.
EHRLICHMAN: It is? The new one?
PRESIDENT NIXON: "The Lucy Show." They'll cancel the goddamned thing.
HALDEMAN: They changed the name—now it's "Here's Lucy."
PRESIDENT NIXON: Big deal.
EHRLICHMAN: They won't dump her.
PRESIDENT NIXON: They'll cancel her ass. Just like we'll cancel that bastard—(cuts off)
APRIL 24, 1973: THE PRESIDENT, HALDEMAN, EHRLICHMAN, AND MATT NEUMAN, 10:15--10:45 A.M., OVAL OFFICE.
PRESIDENT NIXON: 1998? Jesus Christ, that's twenty-five years from now, goddammit. So...you know about...this thing?
NEUMAN: You mean Watergate?
PRESIDENT NIXON: Yeah. What happens...to me?
NEUMAN: You really want to know?
PRESIDENT NIXON: Yes—of course!
NEUMAN: Well, early next year you'll be threatened with impeachment...
PRESIDENT NIXON: I knew it! The sons-of-bitches! Yes? Go on? And then what?
NEUMAN: ...but you'll survive a big vote in the senate—and successfully serve out your second term.
PRESIDENT NIXON: (greatly relieved) Ah! Good...you hear that, boys?
NEUMAN: But, in time, the public will turn on you, they'll discover the tapes—
PRESIDENT NIXON: The tapes! Oh no...
NEUMAN: ...and, in 1981 you'll be indicted by a federal grand jury....
PRESIDENT NIXON: What?
NEUMAN: ...and convicted—
PRESIDENT NIXON: No!
NEUMAN: You'll flee, but you'll be caught....an angry mob will chase you down and shoot you in the back, and parade your lifeless body around in the streets. A lot like Mussolini.
PRESIDENT NIXON: ...(shocked) I can't believe it!
EHRLICHMAN: ...(very solemn) It can't be true.
HALDEMAN: (horrified) No, no...that's horrible, horrible.
NEUMAN: Just kidding!...(they all laugh)
PRESIDENT NIXON: Hey, settle a little bet.
PRESIDENT NIXON: When will they cancel "The Lucy Show?"
HALDEMAN: "Here's Lucy."
PRESIDENT NIXON: (annoyed)...All right, "Here's Lucy." When are they gonna cancel that thing?
NEUMAN: "Here's Lucy?"
PRESIDENT NIXON: Not "I Love Lucy," but the one after she and Arnaz split up.
HALDEMAN: The one where she has a son and a daughter.
EHRLICHMAN: And she works in a bank.
PRESIDENT NIXON: And Gale Gordon's her boss...Mr. Mooney.
HALDEMAN: It was in color.
NEUMAN: When was it on? What years?
EHRLICHMAN: It's on now.
NEUMAN: Oh, well, I hardly ever watched TV in the early seventies—I guess I was too busy trying to drive you out of office.
PRESIDENT NIXON: A wiseguy. I've had about enough of you, you're no help...Send in that other guy from the future...(cuts off)
APRIL 24, 1973: THE PRESIDENT, HALDEMAN, EHRLICHMAN, AND SEYMOUR CYBORGER II, 10:50--11:15 A.M., OVAL OFFICE.
PRESIDENT NIXON: Greetings from the Twentieth Century.
CYBORGER II: Thank you.
PRESIDENT NIXON: Listen, Cyborger, I'll get right to the point: I need your help. I need you to tell me a few things about the future. Now, I'm not gonna ask you to, uh, change history or anything—just fill me in on a few facts.
CYBORGER II: I will try, Mr. American Twentieth Century President.
PRESIDENT NIXON: Good.
CYBORGER II: But I am unable to do anything immoral, or false.
PRESIDENT NIXON: Oh, I understand—perfectly.
HALDEMAN: In what future administration did you say you served?—or should I say will serve?
CYBORGER II: The Simpson Administration.
PRESIDENT NIXON: Simpson?
CYBORGER II: Yes. President O.J. Simpson. The sixty-first President of the United States.
PRESIDENT NIXON: The football player? Hell, he's a great running back, but I never would have thought—
CYBORGER II: He will become only the second write-in candidate to win the American presidency in the Twenty-first Century.
PRESIDENT NIXON: The second?! Who was the first?
CYBORGER II: President Neuman.
PRESIDENT NIXON: Hey, wait, I smell a rat...
EHRLICHMAN: Aren't you...
CYBORGER II: I must be going...
HALDEMAN: It's him!
PRESIDENT NIXON: Stop him! Stop—(cuts off)
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