Inside the Love Affair Between Hollywood and the Presidency

8:00 AM PST 10/26/2012 by Gregg Kilday
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President John Kennedy and Frank Sinatra

As far back as 1930, when studio mogul Louis B. Mayer invited Calvin Coolidge to visit MGM, the entertainment industry has been attracted to D.C.'s power base as business concerns, political idealism and bragging rights beget an interwoven sphere of influence.

Richard Nixon: In 1970, Elvis Presley showed up unannounced at the White House -- after writing a letter to President Nixon, saying, "I have done an in-depth study of drug abuse and communist brainwashing techniques, and I am right in the middle of the whole thing, where I can and will do the most good" -- asking to become a "Federal Agent at Large" in the war against drugs. While the men appeared equally ill at ease, the president later gave Presley a Bureau of Narcotics badge, calling him a "special assistant."

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