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.