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When the provocative King of Rock, Elvis Presley, met Richard Nixon, the conservative leader of the free world, they formed the unlikeliest of friendships.

After deciding he just had to have a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to add to his collection of guns and badges, Elvis showed up at the White House unannounced with a special request to see the president. Nixon granted the request, but only after the handgun Elvis carried in his purple velvet suit was confiscated.

The two bonded over a shared dislike of The Beatles and anxieties over public life. At the end of their meeting, Nixon gave Elvis an honorary Narcotics badge and the men posed for what became the most requested photograph in US Archives history.

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