Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Story of Elvis Presley's Rolex King Midas [Part 4 of 4]

The King, The Prime Minister & The President

History is a strange beast and this is a fascinating story about, Elvis Presley; The Prime Minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi and U.S. President, George Bush.

Elvis is pictured below with his newborn daughter, Lisa Marie, and wife Pricilla Presley.

Elvis is pictured below with his stunningly gorgeous wife, Pricilla Presley and his adorable daughter, Lisa Marie.

Lisa Marie Presley at one point was married to The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

The Graceland Summit

As I mentioned in Part 3, Elvis was considered a counter-culture rebel in the 1950s and was never seen in the presence of U.S. President's, Eisenhower, Kennedy or Johnson, but finally made it into the White House with President Nixon.

Elvis Presley was seemingly tolerated by the U.S. Presidency and not celebrated, but this changed when the first ever Presidential Summit was held at Graceland.

Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koisumi is a self-admitted Elvis maniac and U.S. President, George Bush decided to invite the Japanese Prime Minister to tour Graceland on June 30, 2006.

I'm Going To Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi is picture above wearing a pair of Elvis Presley's gold sunglasses.

The Japanese Prime Minister is not the only Elvis fan, U.S. President George Bush is also a huge Elvis fan and in the late 1950s in Texas, he dreamed of being Elvis when he grew up.

As a matter of fact when he was in the fourth grade, his mother, Barbara Bush had to rescue her son from the principals office because he used black charcoal to draw Elvis pork-chop sideburns on his face and disrupted his music class by performing Elvis songs for them.

Japanese Prime Minister Junichero Koizumi is a hardcore Elvis fan and he sent out the following spoken message to all Elvis fans worldwide:

"Yes, I really love Elvis. I am not fussy about genres of music, from classics to rock. Elvis has been my most favorite for a long time. My younger brother, who is also an Elvis maniac enlightened me about Elvis. He once got involved in fan club affairs as a head of local chapter in Yokohama, but I took a liking to Elvis as early as when he made his sensational debut."

"Elvis is the best and in a class by himself when he sings rock or ballads or any type of songs. I never get tired of listening no matter how many times I hear him over more than 40 years in my life. Above all, I like his songs, say, 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You', 'Hawaiian Wedding Song' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'."

"When Elvis, The Concert came to Japan in Nov. 1999, I went to Tokyo Forum not to miss this once-in-my-life chance. It was so electrifying–even really touching. There has never been a superstar like Elvis before nor after Elvis. I am sure he was the greatest singer that ever lived in the 20th century.

"Since I took office (of the Prime Minister), I have been so busy that I literally have no time for sleep. On weekends, when I find time to be back (to my private) home, and can afford listening to Elvis songs after weeks long craving, certainly his voice eases-off my fatigue. These days, I feel sort of healing power from his Gospels. No doubt, Elvis' recordings are a godsend and great legacy of art from the last century. Elvis is forever and so are his songs.

"We should share this legacy with many more people, not just by fan-club people alone. Especially, younger generations now.

"Whoops! I almost forgot to say this: my birthday is January 8th, the same day of Elvis', that is what I always speak proudly of .... I have been an Elvis fan since my young days and love music from classics to rock."

Much to everybody's surprise, The Japanese Prime Minister was so excited to be at Graceland, with the Presley family, he started busting out with Elvis, Kung Fu moves.

On the same day, the President and First Lady toured the motel with the Japanese Prime Minister where American Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King Jr., was shot.

The three following videos are all fascinating:

Here is another great video from Graceland you can view by clicking here.

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