Lately, there has been much in the press about Barack Obama’s shift to the center. He is said to be thinking and sounding a lot like Ronald Reagan. This, plus the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birthday on February 6, has even prompted news magazines to pair the two presidents on their covers.
Current Time magazine cover featuring Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama
One thing the press hasn’t mentioned is that both presidents have been Elvis fans, and that they’ve worn clothing to give them that Elvis look.
Obama favors the young Elvis gold lamé coat from 1957. Reagan looks great in the 1973 Aloha from Hawaii American Eagle jumpsuit. Some clever folks did a nice job on Photoshop making these shots.
Do you know how many presidents Elvis met? Of course there was Nixon in 1970. Lesser known is that Elvis met both Jimmy Carter and George H W Bush – before they became presidents.
Jimmy Carter was the Governor of Georgia when he and Rosalyn visited Elvis backstage after a June 1973 concert in Atlanta. George H W Bush was UN Ambassador when he was the guest speaker at the dinner where Elvis was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of 1971.
John F Kennedy was one president Elvis never met, but a Photoshop jockey with questionable taste did try to give us picture simulating an occasion when they got together.
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