Saturday, December 30, 2006

Nixon/Elvis, Nixon/Moon

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. The events leading up to and after the meeting are detailed in the documentation and photographs included here, which include Presley's handwritten letter, memoranda from Nixon staff and aides, and the thank-you note from Nixon for the gifts (including a Colt 45 pistol and family photos) that Presley brought with him to the Oval Office.

From The Nixon Prestley Meeting. (This site has comprehensive materials from this historic event including the note from Elvis to Nixon scribbled on an American Airlines notepad.)

I just came across this shot of Nixon and Reverend Moon (self-proclaimed messiah and founder of the Unification Church). Apparently Rev. Moon controls about 80% of the sushi-grade fish market.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ever notice how elvis and nixon look like second cousins.

i think elvis wasn't genuine about obtaining his badge. i don't think he even believed his bullshit. but he was young and still playing dumb then. it's funny how he passed himself off and a retarded hillbilly. (folks still believe that.) oh yeh he was from mississipi and all but... he had some sophisticated understandings...

i wonder how (if he were still alive now..) he'd feel about all this today? if he'd want to shove that whole ideal he did up for that dea badge? if he's be pissed off with his 40 year old self today?

you know how older folks get.... anyways.. ever watch that goofy movie and not very accurate 'elvis meets nixon' it's fun to watch.. if you disregard the truth element.. of course that's not just with that but all elvis 'about him' movies and anything in general...