If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, can't my dream come true?
Who will get your vote in November 2016? Consider Elvis Presley!
He's the King of Rock 'n' Roll, but he's also the perfect candidate for President!
Why should you vote for Elvis Presley?
Elvis sang about his love for his country in songs like "If I Can Dream" and "American Trilogy," but he did more than sing - he also served.
At the height of his fame, Elvis served in the U.S. Army. He was on active duty from 1958-1964, climbing the ranks to become a Sergeant.
Elvis addressed the Tennessee State Legislature on March 8, 1961, and accepted the title of 'Honorary Colonel.'
After he was discharged from the Army, Elvis continued to serve his country with his charitable donations. He gave thousands to charities each year of his life, many times quietly without any public recognition.
A Campaign with History
The idea of Elvis for President isn't a new one.
- .In 1956, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson were in the race for president, but singer-songwriter Lou Monte had a different candidate in mind: Elvis Presley. He penned the tune "Elvis Presley for President," which was released that summer. "A vote for him is a vote for rock 'n' roll/Elvis Presley for President!" Monte sang. The song garnered 5,000 write-in votes from fans who wanted to elect Elvis.
- Elvis' manager, Col. Tom Parker,borrowed the idea, and often passed out "Elvis for President' buttons, which were a big success.
- Elvis even jokingly announced his bid for the presidency at a concert. Play.
- On December 21, 1970, Elvis famously met with republican President Richard Nixon at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about Elvis' connections to U.S. Presidents at the Graceland Blog.
Voted Once? Vote Again
In "Decision '92," Elvis fans across America voted for which image of the king they preferred on what would become the first of two commemorative postage stamps.
In 1992, more people voted for their favorite Elvis stamp than voted in the presidential election: Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast and the stamp, featuring a young Elvis, debuted in 1993. The stamp currently holds the record for the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time.
Elvis' home, Graceland, has been an ambassador to the world by welcoming almost 20 million visitors from around the world since opening to the public in 1982. And who needs Air Force One? Elvis had his own airplane, the Lisa Marie, named after his daughter.
Fans make the ultimate rock 'n' roll pilgrimage to see the king's castle, as well as his cars, hundreds of Gold and Platinum records and more.
Get Your Elvis for President Campaign Kit!
Want to jump on the Elvis for President 2016 bandwagon? Enter your email address below and we will be selecting 5 lucky winners each month through November 2016 to receive an Elvis for President Campaign Kit that features exclusive items direct from Graceland – an Elvis for President sticker, button and magnet.
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