Famous entertainers meet Presidents all the time. But what makes this story so fascinating is the events leading up to the meeting. Here’s the short story about the meeting between President Richard Nixon and young entertainer Elvis Presley.
Without an invitation or any previous communication, Presley decided one day to spontaneously fly to Washington D.C, with intentions on meeting the President. During the flight, Presley wrote Nixon a six-page handwritten letter on American Airlines stationary requesting to meet with him. He even suggested that he be made a “Federal Agent-at-Large”.
Presley arrived at the White House gate on the morning of December 21, 1970 and handed his letter to the guards…then waited patiently. Nixon’s aids advised the President to meet with the rock star and scheduled a meeting for that afternoon.
During their meeting in the Oval Office Presley said he wanted to be helpful, and restore some respect for the flag which he thought was being lost because of the drug culture and anti American radical groups.
And at the conclusion of the meeting, Presley told the President how much he supported him, and then in a spontaneous gesture, put his left arm around the President and hugged him.
And there’s another small but poignant moment in our history that deserves to be remembered – forever.
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