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On This Day… The King, A President And Drugs!

Written by: George Chittenden : 20 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 21st December, back in 1970 when President Nixon invited Elvis Presley to a confidential meeting in the Oval Office where he gave the rock star a badge and made him a special agent of the federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Surprisingly it was Presley’s idea.

Earlier that day the King’s limousine pulled up at the back gate of the White House, and Presley stepped out and politely requested to see the president. In the end he handed White House security a six-page document in which Elvis vowed to help the country out by battling the drug culture, the hippie elements, student radicals and the Black Panthers. He implied that he would wield the advantage of surprise, because those dangerous groups didn’t consider him their enemy or as they called it the establishment.

Noting the anti-drug tenor of his letter, the Secret Service delivered it to the most appropriate presidential aide: Egil “Bud” Krogh, Nixon’s liaison to the FBI and the Narcotics Bureau, who was also a big Elvis Presley fan, so of course Egil Krogh Elvis’ request to meet Nixon was given the green light and the meeting was arranged.

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