George H.W. Bush 1990 - 1991 The Sweep of History

Episode 218 JIMMY CARTER (Part 28) John Connally the Advisor to Presidents: With Richard Nixon (Show 6 : Listening in on the Tapes, Tape Series 14 )

August 10, 2023 Randal Wallace Season 10 Episode 218
George H.W. Bush 1990 - 1991 The Sweep of History
Episode 218 JIMMY CARTER (Part 28) John Connally the Advisor to Presidents: With Richard Nixon (Show 6 : Listening in on the Tapes, Tape Series 14 )
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In this episode, we look back at John Connally's relationship to President Richard Nixon.  In this episode we feature two calls, one just after Nixon was re-elected President when you see that Connally has enormous influence over the President. He is giving the President advice on how to conduct the second term and which changes he needs to consider making for that term. 

In another call we listen as the men discuss an incident that had occured at the White House just the day before. President Nixon had invited the Ray Coniff Singers to perform for a reception honoring the publishers of the magazine "The Reader's Digest" (My Dad's favorite magazine) . Just as the program was about to begin one of the singers, Carol Firace , confronted the President and implored him to stop the bombing of Vietnam and for God to bless Daniel Ellsberg.  Firace got kicked out of the event. 

We will look back at that event, the young lady it involved, the news coverage, and how it became a significant protest event in the history of the White House. Then we will listen in to President Nixon and JOhn Connally as they discuss what had happened. 

We hope that after these three episodes you will have a better feel as to what a major figure John Connally had been in the previous 20 years of political life in America, especially the Southwest. We hope you also can learn enough to make your own decision as to whether you think he would have tried to sabotage the Carter Administration. 

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John Connelly oral history on President Dwight Eisenhower
Music Intro
Host Randal Wallace introduces Nixon and Connelly relationship
Phone call between President Richard Nixon and Treasury Secretary John Connelly on January 10, 1972
Protest of the Vietnam War from a member of the Ray Coniff Singers , Carrol Firache on January 28, 1972
CBS News coverage of the Ray Coniff Singer protests at the White House.
ABC News coverage of the Ray Coniff Singer protest
Host Randal Wallace introduces more on Carol Firace and the phone call between Nixon and Connelly
CBS Sunday Morning segment on " Carrol Feraci the singer who confronted Nixon "
President Richard Nixon phone call with Nellie and John Connally on January 29, 1972
Closing music