Behind the Scenes: When Nixon Met Elvis

Nixon and Elivs

President Richard Nixon and Elvis - image via Smithsonian Magazine

The image is legendary: Then President Richard Nixon preparing to award Elvis a federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerious Drugs badge to Elvis Presley. The real question is: Why?

Elvis had many collections, among them a wide range of guns and a personal stash of police badges. While he had accured badges from across the nation, what he really wanted was the big one: something from the feds. Now, that's not something they just hand out like candy (or proclamations). This was a special request... and a tough one.

The Smithsonian Magazine chronicles the bizarre chain of events, from a money fight with Priscilla to the iconic photoshoot, on their website. Go read the whole thing. But first, some music....

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