Saturday, January 08, 2011

My, How Times Have Changed

On the 76th anniversary of Elvis Pressley's birth, Scott Johnson of Powerline has posted an account of a notable event in Elvis's life: the day in 1970 he met with President Nixon in the Oval Office.

When I read the story, I was struck by several interesting details in the story, including Elvis giving money to servicemen and Elvis hugging Nixon. This struck me as particularly notable:
"California Senator George Murphy was coincidentally on the flight from Los Angeles to Washington. Elvis sought out Murphy back in tourist to enlist his assistance. . . ."
Can you imagine a US Senator flying in Tourist Class from LA to DC today? That would be almost unbelievable.

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