TRANSLATION OF THE LETTER THAT ELVIS PRESLEY WROTE TO RICHARD NIXON
Letter from Elvis to Nixon (Sheet 1)
Dear Mr. President:
First I would like to introduce myself. I am Elvis Presley, I admire him and I have great respect for his work. I spoke with Vice President Agnew in the Palm Strings three weeks ago, and I expressed my concern for our country. The drug culture, the hippie elements, the SDS, Black Panthers, etc., do not consider me their enemy, or an enemy of the establishment, as they call it. I call it America and...
Elvis' letter to Nixon (sheet 2)
... I like it. Sir, I can and I want to be at your disposal to help the country. I have no concern or motives other than to help the country. That is why I do not want to be given any specific title or position. I could and would like to be more useful if I were made an unrestricted federal agent, and I would help by doing it my way through my communication with people of all ages. First of all, I'm an entertainer, but all I need is federal credentials. I'm on this plane with him...
Letter from Elvis to Nixon (sheet 3)
Senator George Murphy and we have been discussing the issues facing our country.
Sir, I am staying at the Washington Hotel, rooms 505-506-507. I have two men who work for me named Jerry Schilling and Sonny West. I am registered under the name Jon Burrows. I'll be here as long as it takes to get federal agent credentials. I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and communist brainwashing techniques.
Letter from Elvis to Nixon (sheet 4)
...and I'm right in the middle of the whole thing,
where I can and want to do my best. I'm very happy to help as long as this is kept secret. You can order your staff or whoever it is to call me at any time today, tonight, or tomorrow. This year, I have been nominated as one of America's Ten Outstanding Young People. That will be on January 18 in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. I am sending you a short autobiography of mine so that you can better understand this
I'd love to meet with you if only to say hello, if you're not too busy. Respectfully Elvis Presley
P.S.: I believe you, sir, were also nominated as one of America's Most Outstanding Men.
I have a personal gift for you, which I would like to give you and have you accept, or I will keep it until you can collect it.
Letter that President Nixon wrote to Elvis Presley:
Dear Mr. Presley: I
t was a pleasure meeting you in my office recently, and I want you to know once again how much I appreciate your consideration in giving me the Colt 45 World War II commemorative pistol, in the beautiful wooden chest. You were particularly kind to remember me with this impressive gift, as well as your family photograph, and I am delighted to have them for my collection of special moments.
With my best wishes to you, Mrs. Presley, and to your daughter, Lisa, for a happy and peaceful 1971.
Mr. Elvis Presley
Madison, Tennesse 37115