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When Elvis Met Nixon

After a spontaneous flight to Washington, Elvis hand-wrote a letter to then President Nixon asking for a badge from the federal Bureau of Narcotics. Nixon gave him one.

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. … 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. “I will be here for as long as it takes to get the credentials of a federal agent.”


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