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When Nixon Met Elvis

In 1970, the hugely famous rock-and-roller Elvis Presley sent a letter to then-President Richard Nixon requesting a meeting between the two men. Presley was interested in becoming a federal agent to help with the country's war on drugs. This exhibit from the National Archives and Records Administration shows how the meeting was set up, complete with original letters written by Presley, Nixon and the White House staff.

Although Presley showed up at the White House in unconventional attire -- velvet pants and gold chain necklaces -- the meeting was enjoyed by both men, and you can even read Nixon's thank-you note here.


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