This memo was written by Bud Krogh on 27th January 1972 to former Nixon Deputy Press Secretary, Neal Ball. The purpose of the memo was to provide guidance for a column being written on Elvis’ meeting with President Nixon by columnist, Jack Anderson, for the Washington Post.
The memo provides some background information on the meeting and briefly describes what took place during the meeting.
Neal Ball became Deputy Press Secretary for the Nixon Administration on April 19, 1971, overseeing press and media relations concerning domestic activities.
TRANSCRIPTION OF KROGH’S MEMO TO NEAL BALL
January 27, 1972
MEMORANDUM FOR NEAL BALL
SUBJECT: GUIDANCE ON JACK ANDERSON COLUMN – ELVIS PRESLEY
Elvis Presley came to the White House on December 21, 1970. He had informed certain White House Staff members that he wanted to report to the President on some of the activities (this includes financial support and public statements and appearances on behalf of law enforcement) he had undertaken in support of law enforcement throughout the country and of his efforts to fight drug abuse through his public performances.
He briefly sketched for the President his activities and then pointed out how much he loved his country, always felt that he had to do his duty for his country, his friends, and his family. The President expressed appreciation for the efforts which Presley had made and encouraged him to do more. When Presley asked the President for a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge, Krogh was asked to look into it. Presley collects badges. An arrangement was worked out where Presley would receive a specially prepared badge from BNDD, with his name on it. (Refer questions on specifics to Justice.)
A few weeks earlier, Elvis Presley had been announced by the Chamber of Commerce as one of the top ten outstanding young Americans, a distinction which was concurrently bestowed on the President’s Press Secretary.
JAN 27 1972
Krogh Memo for Neal Ball
Citation: Memorandum from Egil “Bud” Krogh to Neal Ball, Re: Guidance on Jack Anderson Column-Elvis Presley, 27 January 1972
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