For those who remember the Watergate role of Seattle lawyer Egil (Bud) Krogh—who helped another Seattle lawyer named John Ehrlichman and other White House officials cover up that third-rate burglary—here's more evidence the Bush White House is not only as corrupt as the Nixon Administration, but just as goofy:
George and Laura Bush are scheduled to fly to Graceland this Friday with lion-maned Japanese Prime Minister (and self-described Elvis maniac) Junichiro Koizumi, who plans to pay homage to The King, reports Scripps Howard News Service. "It turns out he's an Elvis fan, so he and I are then going to go to Graceland," Bush said recently. "Think about the American president traveling to Graceland with the prime minister of Japan. Let me ask you something: 60 years ago, would you have thought that would be possible?"
Of course, 60 years ago there was no Graceland. But 36 years ago, Elvis Presley did come to the White House, arriving unscheduled, gaining entry with a letter asking Richard Nixon to make him a secret federal "agent-at-large," and, once inside, tried to enter the Oval Office with a loaded gun. The Colt .45 was a gift for Nixon. Krogh, who followed Ehrlichman to the White House and became the president's deputy counsel, was summoned to handle the situation. He got Tricky Dick and a bloated, drug-addled King together for a photo op. The president gave Elvis a badge, making him an honorary narc. Elvis had said he was worried about kids abusing drugs. Perhaps they were cutting into his supply.
Krogh of course went on to head the White House "Plumbers" unit that included Gordon Liddy and burglarized the offices of Daniel Ellsberg's Beverly Hills psychiatrist as part of the Pentagon Papers battle. Krogh, who went to prison but eventually regained his bar status here, told me a few years ago the Elvis visit was his White House highlight. Ollie Akin's photo is also considered a classic. But since Elvis has left the building, the best Bush can do in quest of his poll-boosting op is to kneel graveside to The King. Would a few lines from "A Fool Such As I" be apropos?