Fun Fact #31: Special Agent Elvis
|Elvis’s Special Agent Badge|
After hand delivering a letter to the northwest gate of the White House to president Richard Nixon on the morning of December 21, 1970 a meeting between the president and the King of Rock & Roll was arranged for 12:30 pm that day. The purpose of the letter and the meeting was Elvis’ desire to become an agent of some kind for the Drug Enforcement Agency to aid in the fight against illegal drugs (ironic, given that Elvis was heavily medicated at the time).
Elvis met with the president in the Oval Office of the White House, where he presented the president with a plated and engraved World War II-era Colt 45. In the meeting Elvis talked about his wish to help in stopping the promotion of anti-American spirit (specifically mentioning the Beatles) and drug use. Later that afternoon Presley received his badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs making him an honorary special agent.