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Elvis Presley, Nixon's Anti-Drug Agent?

Oct 09, 2015 | 750 videos
Video by Scott Calonico

In December of 1970, Elvis Presley requested a meeting with President Nixon to talk about drug culture and hippies. Scott Calonico, whose explorations of American History through film we've featured many times on Atlantic Video, combed through White House memos to tell the impossible-to-believe, but actually very true, story of how Elvis and Tricky Dick strategized about the war on drugs. "If the President wants to meet with some bright young people outside the government, Presley might be a perfect one to start with," says Dwight L. Chapin, Deputy Assistant to the President, in a memo to H.R. Haldeman. "You must be kidding," Haldeman replies.

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