Published On: Mon, Dec 19th, 2016

Richard Nixon met with Elvis December 21, 1970

On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in Washington, D.C. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit with the President and suggesting that he be made a ‘Federal Agent-at-Large’ in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

The events leading up to and after the meeting are detailed in the documentation and photographs included here, which include Presley’s handwritten letter, memoranda from Nixon staff and aides, and the thank-you note from Nixon for the gifts (including a Colt 45 pistol and family photos) that Presley brought with him to the Oval Office.

The Nixon Library & Birthplace sells a number of souvenir items with this photo and the caption, “The President & the King.”

Here’s a link to a PDF file of the following:

  • Handwritten Letter from Presley to Nixon
  • Transcription of Presley letter
  • Memorandum for H.R. Haldeman from Dwight L. Chapin
  • Memorandum for the President, Re: Meeting with Elvis Presley
  • Memorandum for the President’s File from Egil ‘Bud’ Krogh, Re: Meeting with Elvis Presley, 21 December 1970
  • Message from (Bev) to (Lucy), Re: Presley’s Gifts to the President
  • Letter from Richard M. Nixon to Elvis Presley, 31 December 1970
  • Memorandum from Egil ‘Bud’ Krogh to Neal Ball, Re: Guidance on Jack Anderson Column-Elvis Presley, 27 January 1972


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