In no universe was Nixon ever better than Elvis in appearance or social conduct.
The 1997 movie showed the ultimate 1950s Square vs Cool; the more recent movie was a Kevin Spacey Star Vehicle.
Joyce Bova said this donut shop scene was true and that she is who Jerry Schilling leaves out.
When I was at Graceland in 1987, I stood staring at this badge for a long time.
I was 19 and I was astonished at how stoned Elvis is in the photo. His eyes almost glow.
Elvis went to the government buildings to find Joyce Bova, he tried to meet with Herbert Hoover, FBI – but he refused; Elvis a serious badge collector solved the problem by going to the top official.
Nixon’s idea that meeting with Elvis would help him with the Youth of America was bizarre, but when the Nixon Library was established – the Elvis letter and photos became almost half of the admin time of that institution. Nixon’s “Elder Statesman” instincts paid off, while Elvis’ image suffered – when though the meeting was not known to the public at the time for another year.
Below is the contact sheet of images and the gifts that Elvis gave to The President.
The iconic image: President and The King
Elvis went through the Oval Office desk to look for souvenirs – pens, lapel pins with the presidential seal logo on them.
He also brought along two of his Memphis Mafia: Jerry Schilling and Sonny West.
Elvis’ letter to Nixon:
Nixon letter to Elvis
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