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The Bizarre Story Behind This Famous Photo Of Richard Nixon And Elvis Presley

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If you're old enough to remember The King, you've probably seen this famous picture of him shaking hands with President Richard Nixon.

Maybe you thought it was a joke, or some kind of fake photo, but it's 100% real and the true story behind this famous meeting is impossible to imagine.

This picture has inspired 2 movies and remains the most requested photograph in the history of America's National Archives, but what exactly brought this rock and roll icon to the White House?

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Elvis famously collected cars and guns, but he also had a passion for police badges.

The singer had been given badges from police departments across America, but always dreamed of having a badge from the federal bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

According to his wife Priscilla, Elvis was under the impression that if he could get his hands on one of these badges, he would be allowed to carry guns - and even drugs - anywhere he pleased.

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To try and get one of these badges, Elvis wrote a letter offering to help President Nixon any way he could, and hand-delivered this note to a White House guard.

By lunchtime that same day, December 21, 1970, Elvis got the chance he was hoping for.

He was invited to meet Nixon, and showed up dressed for the occasion in a purple jumpsuit with a huge gold belt buckle.

He also brought a handgun, a present for Nixon, which was confiscated by Secret Service agents.

Elvis's gift to Nixon.Buzzfeed

Click the next page to learn what these two icons talked about during their meeting!

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