A Rock and Roll White House Christmas – Elvis and Nixon, 1970

800px-Elvis-nixonElvis Presley’s photograph with President Richard Nixon is the most requested photo from the National Archives. The unusual pair met during Christmas week in 1970.

Chided by his father about spending too much money on Christmas gifts, including “more than $100,000 for 32 handguns and ten Mercedes-Benzes,” Elvis fled to Washington DC.

After arranging a secret meeting in the Oval Office, Elvis gave President Nixon a Christmas gift—a colt .45 pistol.

A collector of police badges, Elvis also asked the president to give him a badge from the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Nixon agreed.

Their icon photo shows a contrast in appearances between two men — one flashy, one traditional.

About Jane Hampton Cook

Author Jane Hampton Cook is known for making history memorable and relevant to today’s news, current events, and modern-day life. A frequent guest on the Fox News Channel and other outlets, Jane is the author of eight books, including American Phoenix, America's Star-Spangled Story, and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Revolutionary War. Jane is also a former White House webmaster. She lives with her husband and three young sons in Fairfax, Virginia. http://www.janecook.com http://www.amazon.com/American-Phoenix-Quincy-Louisa-Independence/dp/1595555412/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y
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