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 🙂