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The President of the United States Meets the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Aftermath

This exhibit looks behind the scenes at Elvis Presley’s December 21, 1970, visit to Richard Nixon’s White House through the examination of White House memos, documents, firsthand accounts, and photographs. This exhibit was curated by White House Historical Association historian Lina Mann.

Following the meeting, Bud Krogh accompanied the trio out of the Oval Office and took the group to lunch in the West Wing’s Navy Mess. Elvis dressed in a purple suit, was met with shocked stares from other staff members. According to Krogh, “Even though the White House staff members were accustomed to seeing heads of state, athletic champions, and movie stars, Elvis was still the King to many of them and in a class of royalty by himself. They all gaped.”