51 years ago, President Nixon gave Elvis a badge

President Richard Nixon meets Elvis Presley in the Oval Office on December 21, 1970. – NATIONAL ARCHIVES PHOTO

On December 21, 1970, a White House photographer snapped a photograph of Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon together in the Oval Office. Today, that photograph is the most requested image in the National Archives.

So what’s the story behind this meeting?

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