Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House

From: Series: Master Print File, compiled 1969-1974 (Collection RN-WHPO)


Created by: President (1969-1974 : Nixon). White House Photo Office. (1969 - 1974)


Production Date: 12/21/1970


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Repository: National Archives at College Park - Archives II (College Park, MD)




Access Restrictions: Unrestricted

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  • James Johannassen 5y

    Yeah, this is where The King wanted to help "national security" and infiltrate and nark out the hippies. So Nixon enlisted him as a special agent in the war on drugs. Hilarious!
  • 5y

    Isn't this also where Elvis brings a loaded .45 into the whitehouse for the president?
  • Coal and Ice PRO 5y

  • Greensboro NC PRO 5y

    Crazy that is the most requested photo National Archives. Check it out on my Squidoo Lens Elvis
  • David Cory PRO 5y

    Added to my gallery Oddities from the Commons.

    Both the subjects were famous people with large followings, tremendous gifts, and genuine genius in particular ways, and both destroyed a large part of what was best about themselves. But I suppose that everyone realizes that.
  • TIPTON6468 5y

    If Elvis would have gotten behind the anti-vietnam conflict and
    protested, the war would have ended in a snap. People respected
    Elvis, saw him as the boy-next-door. Whereas John Lennon was
    seen as a deviant and too far the other end avantgard. However,
    Elvis believed in the military being a soldier in Korea.
  • Rip Tanion 5y

    Politicians don't make policy based on the whims of entertainers. And why should Elvis have gotten behind something he may not have believed in?

    Elvis never served in Korea. He was drafted into the U.S. Army during peacetime, and was stationed for a period in West Germany.
  • Blue Celt 5y

    Musique et politique, surprenante photo ...
    Je suis allé deux fois à Graceland ...
  • Colorado Hummingbird 5y

    Elvis and I are cousins!
  • MNFISH 5y

    This world-class image was found in
    Global Village 2 (post 1 - give a globe to 5)
  • ZeppelinJugend 611 4y

    "007-ELVIS", & Tricky Dick, it is rumored they were in the oval office singing...that would be a recording to would any talk of Nixon discouraging 'E' from running for the U.S.Presidency, apparantly Elvis told him he thought he could win with "all his fans".
    It was the high-point of three days The King was on his own without any bodyguards, he even took a few 'coach' flights across the country!
    Dick Cavette hosts a movie about the whole story, the VHS video of it is available here, but the DVD is only available in Britain.
  • Jessica Mary 87 3y

    My dad said "In years to come, kids will look in a history book and ask 'What was the matter with this president?', the economy was perfect, we put a man on the moon, and relations with China were never better".
  • Cory PRO 4mo

    I have a poster of this in my room that I bought on a vacation years ago in Cali. One of my favourite images.
  • Al Mullen 4mo

    Oh man! that guy creeps me out.
  • Peter von Kappel PRO 4mo

    nixon the peace maker
  •,mission critical, Worldwide 4mo

    most wonderful and super.
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  • Yaroslav Gerzhedovich PRO 4mo

    Elvis looks like a "King of the Wild Frontier".
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  •,mission critical, Worldwide 3mo

    Most thankful.
    Highly appreciated from me,Philip Pai-Pin Chen.
    The most powerful two figures shown, two are my neighbours,
    The Former President of USA, Mr. Nixon, was the founder and Ground Opening for the Costruction Of TungHai University,Taichung City, Taiwan under the world most famous, I.M.Pei Architect, in year 1955.
    The most famous Rock Star, and musician, was born in the Mississippi State, a litle town, just a few miles from Memphis City, Tennesse,USA.
    Thank you so much for your guidance, generosity, helps and strong supports since 1971 the first time i touched and landed on USA beautifl lands and met all wonderful and excellent USA Americans, USA local, national, worldwide.
    Philip Pai-Pin Chen
    Pai-pin Chen.
    May 14, 2015.
    Highly appreciated.
    good days and peace USA and worldwide.
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