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Press release from White
House re. Bush visit to Graceland
is a release from the official White House website on the visit of
President Bush with Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi to Graceland:
President Bush and Prime Minister Koizumi Participate in Photo-Op
with Mrs. Bush, Priscilla Presley, and Lisa Marie Presley
PRESIDENT BUSH: First of all, the Prime Minister and I would like to
thank Priscilla and Lisa for their gracious hospitality. And we
thank the Graceland staff, as well, for arranging this unusual
experience. First of all, my presence here shows it's never too late
to come to Graceland. Laura and I are -- we've known Elvis Presley
since we were growing up. He's obviously a major part of our music
history. He had an international reputation. His reputation was so
strong that he attracted the attention of the now Prime Minister of
I was hoping the Prime Minister would want to come to Graceland. I
knew he loved Elvis -- I didn't realize how much he loved Elvis. He
not only knows Elvis' history, he can sing a pretty good Elvis song.
This visit here shows that not only am I personally fond of the
Prime Minister, but the ties between our peoples are very strong, as
And so, again, to the Presleys, thank you all. And Mr. Prime
Minister, glad you joined us. Want to say a few comments?
PRIME MINISTER KOIZUMI: It's like a dream. I never expected
President come with me to visit Graceland. There's Elvis song: To
Dream Impossible. (Singing Elvis song.) (Laughter.) My dream came
true. Thank you very much for -- thank you. Thank you very much for
treating me nice, the Elvis song. (Singing Elvis song.) Thank you.
PRESIDENT BUSH: We're going to go have some barbeque, thank you.
During the preparations for the visit even the Graceland web cams
were turned off, but during the visit a classic shot was captured of
a pink Cadillac on the Graceland driveway.
You can watch footage from the visit from various sources click on
The EPE site:
Source: Various /
Updated: Jul 2, 2006