Monthly Archives: January 2022

Elvis and the Presidential Medal of Freedom

I heard it mentioned on the news today that Dr. Fauchi had been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony last summer. That reminded me I had posted an ElvisBlog article a few years ago about Elvis getting the award as well.

That post occurred during a period when some glitch keep me from adding pictures to the text.  Well, I wanted to keep up with my once-a-week schedule for new posts, so I did the article  about Elvis and the Presidential Medal of Freedom without photos.  Later, when the glitch was fixed, I went back and added two pictures.  By that time, most folks had already read it and never saw the photos. So here it is again, with a couple of new notes I’ve added.

 

Presidential Medal of Freedom:

 

 

You all saw the news that President Trump honored Elvis with a Presidential Medal of Freedom award. I looked up the history on Wikipedia. What a great honor. Here is the explanation of what it is awarded for:

“especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, or world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

So, Donald Trump chose Elvis because of his significant cultural endeavors. Good choice.

There were lots of music notables like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald in the earlier years, But George W. Bush was the first to honor a rock & roll artist with the award — Aretha Franklin in 2005.

So, the Queen of .Soul was honored thirteen years before the King of Rock & Roll.

Here’s the music people who have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and which president selected them for the award.

Barack Obama honored eleven music artists, including Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder. He awarded a total of 123 Medals in all categories, the most by any president. Trump is gonna have to step up the pace if he wants to beat Obama on Presidential Medal of Freedom awards.

 

Some New Factoids:

Donald Trump never selected another music star. He went heavy to sports figures including Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods, Lou Holtz, plus Rush Limbaugh, Justice Antonin Scalia, and several political figures.

Joe Biden may be the only person to both award a Presidential Medal of Freedom and get awarded one himself. In January 2017, one week before his presidency ended, Barack Obama had a surprise ceremony for his vice president. Biden said he thought he was coming to toast senior staff with the first lady and his wife Jill.

 

©   2022   Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister   All Rights Reserved   www.ElvisBlog.net

Messages on the Graceland Wall

I hope that all of you living in the effected areas came through the snowstorm okay.  We got 6 inches but never lost power or had big branches come down.

Let’s reopost one of the funnier ones to ever appear on ElvisBlog.  This comes from 2008

 

Have you ever visited Graceland and written a message on the fieldstone wall that surrounds the property?   This phenomenon started while Elvis was still alive, and the grounds keepers worked diligently to keep the wall clean. After Elvis died, the volume of fan graffiti proved overwhelming, and the estate decided to leave the wall alone. Only crude messages were pressure-washed off. The rest would last a year or so until exposure to sun and rain faded them, giving newer visitors a chance to add their thoughts.

 

 

A few years ago I purchased a small book called “Dear Elvis: Graffiti from Graceland,” written by Daniel Wright, and It contained a selection of messages from fans. Mr. Wright returned to Memphis numerous times between 1989 and 1996 to record and photograph the ever changing Graceland graffiti for his book, and I would like to present some of the best here.

 

If this was Disneyworld, I’d buy a pair of Elvis ears!

 

Elvis. I wish I was your belt buckle for a day. Gina

 

Please quit writin’ on my wall. Thank you, thank you very much. “E”

 

George Burns is bringing cigars and news about Ann-Margret!

 

Elvis, yesterday I realized how much I love you, so I broke off my engagement to Adam. Please come home to Mama! – Monique

 

Elvis, you had great taste in women. Priscilla is a babe! – Dave

 

Elvis kicks butt!

 

You had a weird decorator. Thank God he didn’t write music! – Connie

 

Elvis, Elvis, let me be.

 

Keep your pelvis far from me!

 

Elvis, thanks for helping me celebrate my fortieth birthday. Too bad you missed the party! Sheila

 

Elvis, I’m bearing your ghost child, and I’m confused because I’m a man!

 

We love you, and so does the rest of Oz! – Melissa

 

You wouldn’t have liked the way Caddies look today, anyway. – Mary Lou

 

“If you can’t find a partner, use a wooden chair”?!? Ouch!

 

AGB – Atomic Graceland Babes

 

I can’t believe I’m doing this! Please don’t sandblast me! – Riedy

 

Elvis makes me hot! – Jerrie

 

Dear Gladys & Vernon – YOU DONE GOOD!

 

Elvis I came for a short visit, but a part of me will always remain… Jen

 

 

Elvis, it’s me again in ’93. Remember?

 

Hey Elvis: Lisa Marie made a big mistake. Come back and straighten her out. Mary, 1994

 

Dear God: Bolton and Cyrus for Presley?!? Let’s TRADE!!!

 

Can Elvis come out and play?? Jewels

 

Elvis, please call Kevin. He heard you were dead and he’s BUMMED.

 

Elvis, your burning love left a hole in my heart.

 

THANK YOU dear Elvis for all the happiness and the miracle. Wish I could stay forever. I will come back… Hatice

 

I love you now and forever. I will be with you someday. I will dream of you until then. — Jen

 

We travelled a long way, but, for you, we’d do it again in a minute! T.L.C!

 

You are fantastic! I never got to see you, but I have come to Graceland each August for 15 years. It still hurts, but the love from your fans all over this world helps mend these broken hearts. Thank you, Love, for your music and all the wonderful things you did and will forever do. You bring the world together in friendship and love. The world is full of beautiful people. Elvis, you are the most beautiful in every way. The world has learned, and always will learn, much from you and be grateful always. Till next year. You sing forever in our hearts.

 

©   2008   Philip R Arnold, Original Elvis Blogmeister   All Rights Reserved   www.ElvisBlog.net

Thanks to Everyone Sending Nice Comments About Our Dog Molly

I’ve explained a few times that I can no longer post comments or responses to them.  My ElvisBlog “theme” is no linger supported by its creator, so I can’t get it corrected.  It sucks, but I am getting a free ride in 2022 from my blog platform, so I can continue doing new posts and reposts like I have for the past year.

I always enjoyed reading your comments and answering them.  You sent some wonderful ones about my dog Molly’s passing, and I really appreciate your kind words. Special thanks goes to Terri in Missouri for sending me a card of sympathy.

 

When I posted about Molly, I said that I was going to make a slideshow of her life.  It is now done, and these are the first and last photos in it.

 

 

 

And here is the original photo of Molly that was photoshopped into the the Elvis hound dog picture.

Elvis and Molly. Better than a Hound Dog

 

I can’t believe I didn’t post anything about Elvis’ 87th birthday. Things have been kind of weird around here.  I’ll try to come up something good about Elvis to post soon.

Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday Elvis.