Only in America, perhaps. The U.S. Archives says a photograph documenting a meeting between President Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House on Dec. 21, 1970, remains one of the most requested images in the federal agency’s 15-million item collection.
Presley simply appeared at the White House gates 39 years ago, presented the security detail with a five-page, handwritten letter to Nixon on American Airlines stationery and eventually was ushered inside for a visit. The pair chatted, and the singer presented the president with the gift of a World War II-era Colt 45 pistol.
But hey. This is history: The famous meeting has inspired a special event at the National Archives on Jan. 6 featuring eyewitnesses: Egil “Bud” Krogh, a White House assistant, and Jerry Schilling, a music industry