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John F. Kennedy and Habib Bourguiba President of Tunisia in Rose Garden, White House 05 May 1961

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President George H.W Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush celebrates Halloween in the White House Grounds. 1989

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Reporters running to the phones in the White House West Wing, after the Pearl Harbor attack, December 1941.

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Woman in white dress holding a black cat, 1940.

A young refugee sits on the walls of Purana Qila, transformed into a vast refugee camp in Delhi, 1947 / Photograph by Margaret Bourke-White

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White businessmen swearing oath to Ugandan dictator Idi Amin 1975

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White supremacist leader George Rockwell attends a Nation of Islam summit

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Richard M. Nixon and Elvis Presley at the White House – 12/21/1970

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Elvis’ Letter to Nixon (Transcript)


The story began in Memphis a few days earlier, when Elvis’ father, Vernon, and wife, Priscilla, complained that he’d spent too much on Christmas presents—more than $100,000 for 32 handguns and ten Mercedes-Benzes. Peeved, Elvis drove to the airport and caught the next available flight, which happened to be bound for Washington. He checked into a hotel, then got bored and decided to fly to Los Angeles.

“Elvis called and asked me to pick him up at the airport,” recalls Jerry Schilling, Presley’s longtime aide, who dutifully arrived at the Los Angeles airport at 3 a.m. to chauffeur the King to his mansion there.

Elvis was traveling with some guns and his collection of police badges, and he decided that what he really wanted was a badge from the federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs back in Washington. “The narc badge represented some kind of ultimate power to him,” Priscilla Presley would write in her memoir, Elvis and Me. “With the federal narcotics badge, he [believed he] could legally enter any country both wearing guns and carrying any drugs he wished.” After just one day in Los Angeles, Elvis asked Schilling to fly with him back to the capital. “He didn’t say why,” Schilling recalls, “but I thought the badge might be part of the reason.”

On the red-eye to Washington, Elvis scribbled a letter to President Nixon. “Sir, I can and will be of any service that I can to help the country out,” he wrote. All he wanted in return was a federal agent’s badge. “I would love to meet you,” he added, informing Nixon that he’d be staying at the Washington Hotel under the alias Jon Burrows. “I will be here for as long as it takes to get the credentials of a federal agent.” After they landed, Elvis and Schilling took a limo to the White House, and Elvis dropped off his letter at an entrance gate at about 6:30 a.m. Once they checked in at their hotel, Elvis left for the offices of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He got a meeting with a deputy director, but not approval for a bureau badge.

Meanwhile, his letter was delivered to Nixon aide Egil “Bud” Krogh, who happened to be an Elvis fan. Krogh loved the idea of a Nixon-Presley summit and persuaded his bosses, including White House Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman, to make it happen. Krogh called the Washington Hotel and set up a meeting through Schilling.

Around noon, Elvis arrived at the White House with Schilling and bodyguard Sonny West, who’d just arrived from Memphis. Arrayed in a purple velvet suit with a huge gold belt buckle and amber sunglasses, Elvis came bearing a gift—a Colt .45 pistol mounted in a display case that Elvis had plucked off the wall of his Los Angeles mansion. Which the Secret Service confiscated before Krogh escorted Elvis—without his entourage—to meet Nixon.

“I’m on your side,” Elvis told Nixon, adding that he’d been studying the drug culture and Communist brainwashing. Then he asked the president for a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Before leaving, Elvis asked Nixon to say hello to Schilling and West, and the two men were escorted into the Oval Office. Nixon playfully punched Schilling on the shoulder and gave both men White House cuff links.

“Mr. President, they have wives, too,” Elvis said. So Nixon gave them each a White House brooch. After Krogh took him to lunch at the White House mess, Elvis received his gift—the narc badge.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine.

Gandhi And the Spinning Wheel By Margaret Bourke-White

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Black children invited by two civil rights militants swimming in the swimming pool of the White-only Monson Motel. To force them out, James Brock, owner of the motel, pours acid into the water. Saint Augustine, Florida, United States. June 18, 1964

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