Elvis for President – A Familiar Theme

 

Did you get this in your email last week from the Graceland Official Store? They had a long string of promotions and sales in the weeks leading up to Christmas, but then came some time to fill before the inevitable Elvis birthday promotion. So, Elvis for President fit the bill, nicely.

 

Here we have a 6’ by 4” magnet. The pitch is that you could put it on your car. I like this one because of the way the V in Elvis contains the TCB lightning bolt. I’m surprised they didn’t think of this before now. Anyway, the magnet goes for $8.99

 

Here’s the T-shirt that’s on the email flyer. I suggest more color would have been an improvement. It looks like the image of a campaign poster on the front, but surprisingly, the Graceland Store doesn’t offer the poster. They might have missed a good opportunity there. If you’re interested in the T-shirt, it goes for $24.99.

 

What’s a presidential campaign without buttons? I like the “It’s Now or Never” theme.” This button is 3” round and costs $4.50.

 

This is an 11-1/2” by 3” bumper sticker that goes for $4.99. That’s a pretty good deal. I like how they used the TCB lightning bolt on this as well.

 

There were other items available that didn’t particularly interest me, but you may have a different opinion. So, check out the Graceland Official Store.

 

Oh, look. Graceland was pushing the idea of Elvis for President four years ago. Something tells me we will be seeing it again in 2024.

 

I like the round button for 2020 better than this one for 2016.

 

It looks like there was no Elvis for President promotional campaign in 2012, but I did find a couple of pictures to illustrate the idea for 2008.

 

I like the “Seeing Eye Squirrels for Dogs.” Or maybe, “10-Foot woman Goes On Rampage in New York.” You gotta watch out for those 10-foot women.

 

The rest of this post will just be an eclectic collection of random Vote for Elvis stuff.

 

I like the message here, the rest of it is dull. It’s got color printing, so why not a good color photo of Elvis?

 

I think this is the cover of a bootleg concert DVD of Elvis’ performance in Charlotte in March 1976.

 

I like the colors of this. It’s a little fuzzy because I blew up a small picture. Behind the stars, I see a letters f and e, but I can’t figure out the rest. Any help?

 

Here is that design on one of the many items of clothing offered during Elvis for President 2016.

 

This is a great message that was ruined by a horrible caricature of Elvis. I wasn’t even going to post it, until I got the idea to white-out the face. The artist did do a good job on Elvis’ hair, though.

 

Another great message. I didn’t white-out this face; it came that way. It seems there is just no end to the different images people have produced from Elvis’ classic Jailhouse Rock pose. I’ll add this one to my collection of them.

 

I was curious about the words above the eagle’s head, so I looked them up in a Latin dictionary. Rerum means things. Procurum is the action of taking care of, hence management, stewardship. In other words, taking care of things – or taking care of business. Very clever

 

It looks like this Elvis for President idea has been around since the 50s.

 

I’m so glad Joe Petruccio is cool with me showing his art on ElvisBlog and making comments about it. I love his artwork, and this is just one of his best creations.

 

I like the use of red, white, and blue on those first buttons above, but this combination of white, gold, and black is pure Elvis. He’s got my vote.

 

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