In another Nixon tape:
When Nixon's aide H.R. Haldeman told Nixon of Thompson's appointment, Nixon was less than impressed.
"Baker has appointed Fred Thompson as minority counsel," Haldeman is heard saying on one tape.
"Oh shit, that kid," Nixon responds.
Nixon worried that Thompson's Democratic counterpart, Sam Dash, would outsmart Thompson."Well, Dash is too smart for that kid," Nixon says
"Oh shit, he's dumb as hell. Fred Thompson," Nixon says.
In another conversation some weeks later, Nixon and his advisers were still describing Thompson as not very smart but at least beginning to play ball.
"He isn't very smart, is he?" Nixon asks.
"Not extremely so, but --," Buzhardt says, interrupted by the president.
"But he's friendly," Nixon says.