Friday, December 21, 2007

December 21, 1970: Nixon and Elvis

According to the National Archives, "of all the requests made each year to the National Archives for reproductions of photographs and documents, one item has been requested more than any other. That item, more requested than the Bill of Rights or even the Constitution of the United States, is the photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard M. Nixon shaking hands on the occasion of Presley's visit to the White House.

(Actually, there is a series of such photos. The one referred to above was published by DPD on January 9, the anniversary of Richard Nixon's birth. The one below is another good angle of the King shaking hands with the President.)

"On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in Washington, D.C. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit with the President and suggesting that he be made a 'Federal Agent-at-Large' in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs..."

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