U.S. history may have reached its pinnacle on December 21, 1970 – at least according to photograph requests at the U.S. National Archives. The archives tweeted on Jan. 9 that their most requested photograph is this image above, of Elvis Presley meeting President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office.
The Archives has put together a great interactive feature on their website about how and why the meeting occurred, including original photographs, letters and memos from both Presley and the White House staff.
They’re worth checking out, especially since Elvis was pretty weird by this point. During the meeting, he showed the President his collection of law enforcement paraphernalia, said he had been studying Communist brainwashing and the drug culture for over 10 years, and called the Beatles a “force for anti-American spirit.”
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