Hi friends

This question was made by Karthik Narayan. As I mentioned yesterday, I will be putting up my question and Karthik’s question on alternate days. This is a classic KN style of question 🙂

Q2: What’s going on in this file photo? What was the purpose of this meeting? (Just the essence/funda would be enough, these  people  are famous enough 🙂 )

Answer: This is the iconic photo of Elvis meeting Nixon in 1970.

Elvis desperately wanted to become an undercover agent. Concerned about increased drug use in America, he petitioned Nixon in a handwritten letter proposing he be named a “Federal Agent at Large.” Elvis wrote, “I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and Communist brainwashing techniques and I am right in the middle of the whole thing, where I can and will do the most good.”

Elvis then showed up at the White House unannounced, packing two handguns—one for protection, the other as a gift for the president. After some thinking, officials let him inside with both guns in tote. At the extensively photographed meeting, Elvis showed Nixon his family photos and a collection of law enforcement badges. Later, Nixon awarded him a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge, which listed Elvis’ position as “Special Assistant.”

The first correct answer was given by K. Hariharan 🙂 Congrats. Raji Aunty, Satish, G.Z. Ramharish and Deepak (through FB), Ajaal/Gujaal, Sekar and Sankar also chipped in with the right answers. Thank you all for attempting 🙂

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  1. Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley met to discuss growing drug problem in US. (googled the second part though).


  2. Raji Muthukrishnan December 4 at 11:29 am

    This gave rise to the movie Elvis meets Nixon ?
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  3. On December 21, 1970, Presley engineered a bizarre meeting with President Richard Nixon at the White House, where he expressed his patriotism and his contempt for the hippie drug culture


  4. On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in Washington, D.C. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit with the President and suggesting that he be made a 'Federal Agent-at-Large' in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
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  5. In 1970, Elvis Presley wrote to President Nixon asking to be made a Federal Agent-at-Large in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

    Nixon gave him a federal agent’s badge


  6. Elvis Presley in a meeting with the then U.S. Pres. Nixon to express his opposition to the prevalent drug culture, as a way of expressing his commitment (patriotism) to the nation



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