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Inside the moment when Elvis Presley met Richard Nixon

Inside the moment when Elvis Presley met Richard Nixon

It is one of the most unlikely images in existence. Two men of extreme power and influence, yet from completely different realms, one a politician and the other an entertainer. It is the kitschy incongruity of their appearance and body language, one stiff in a businessman's suit and the other relaxed in a velvet cape, that makes Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley shaking hands in the Oval Office on Dec. 21, 1970 an object of ongoing fascination. It is said to be the most requested photo in the National Archives.

Nixon would not begin taping Oval Office conversations until a few months later, so what was said between them is left to speculation and the recollections of the few people...

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