RICHARD NIXON TAPES: Archie Bunker & Homosexuality

Published on Feb 19, 2021
John Ehrlichman & Bob Haldeman
May 13, 1971
Oval Office

In the middle of a discussion on how to fashion their public relations in regard to what the "average man" cares about, President Richard Nixon and his aides White House Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman and Chief Domestic Advisor John Ehrlichman discuss the new television show, All in the Family. The episode that Nixon watched and described to his aides in detail dealt with homosexuality. This leads Nixon into a larger discussion of homosexuality in history and more generally. This conversation is featured in the documentary, "Our Nixon."

(PLEASE NOTE: Censors beeped out 14 seconds of this conversation for "privacy" reasons. NARA archivists used this denotation to protect the privacy of other people, not Nixon. It is highly likely that the president named a person or persons that he knew to be homosexual during the excised material.)

(A short portion of this conversation has already been posted on YouTube as "Nixon Tape Discusses Homosexuals at Bohemian Grove.")

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