WASHINGTON — In a captivating account Friday of candidate Richard Nixon’s attempt to sabotage Vietnam War peace talks — revealed in newly released tapes along with how anti-war protesters literally blocked Johnson from claiming the 1968 nomination — BBC writer David Taylor missteps when claiming that “none of [Nixon's] successors have dared to [record White House conversations.]” The current administration has denied, and then confirmed, that they record the Oval Office.
Last fall Vanity Fair’s Michael Lewis asked President Obama about it.
“Is there a taping system in here?” I asked, gazing up at the crown molding.
“No,” he said, then added, “It’d be fun to have a taping system. It’d be wonderful to have a verbatim record of history.”
Two months after the Vanity Fair interview’s publication, Mark Bowden quoted Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes as saying the White House routinely tapes goings-on in the Oval. (Go to 34:45 in the video here to hear it for yourself.)
According to Bowden, who was at the time researching his book The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden, Rhodes said, “We record everything in here.” Rhodes then provided Bowden, who also writes for Vanity Fair, with a transcript of his entire interview with the president.