Editors' pick

We Were There When Nixon Met Elvis


Editorial Review

On the list of memorable White House photos, its really, really hard to beat the 1970 image of President Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley. Presley wrote a letter to Nixon asking to be made "a Federal Agent at Large" to help fight drug abuse among Americas young people. Nixon agreed to the meeting, and according to notes of the proceedings, Presley discussed how "The Beatles had been a real force for anti-American spirit" and Nixon remarked that "those who use drugs are in the vanguard of anti-American protest." Learn more about this amazing meeting at the National Archives on what would have been Presley's 75 birthday (and the day before Nixons 97th). Two eyewitnesses to the meeting, Assistant to the Counsel to the President Egil "Bud" Krogh and Presley friend Jerry Schilling, will discuss the bizarre events of the day. Doors open at 6:30; admission is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

-- Fritz Hahn (Dec. 30, 2009)