FVH wrote:Joyce says in her book that Elvis insisted that the trip to Washington in December 1970 came about because he wanted to locate her after a big argument with Vernon and Priscilla.
Thereby, she/Elvis suggests that he didn't think about meeting Nixon until he actually was there, and that the main reason for him to even be in Washington was to locate her and be with her.
What do you think of this?
It's sort of provoking. I don't accept it completely, because people do like to put themselves right in the center of things, but it might plug some holes, too. I'm not certain that he did see her at all during his journeys. He didn't just go straight up there. (There was a version where he stopped in Atlanta, but that doesn't carry too much weight excepting that most southern flights did have to go through that airport.) But he at least went up to D.C., went down through Dallas, got in touch with the driver, continued to California, got his supplies - clothing and the "special gift," saw a doctor, and returned. With Jerry: Sonny had been in Memphis. And they all got together in D.C.
So, if he did see her on that trip, and there's no evidence that he did of which I'm aware, you might think she put out the idea to go straight to the top. He'd had trouble with Finlator, the FBI's drug guy, and it was Finlator who said that the only way he'd get it was if the POTUS told him to give it to him. It is a bit confusing, but somehow I think she's exaggerating. He DID wish to see Finlator, and he did have his eye on that badge for a while. He'd been going around, getting badges, and wanted it.
I wonder if she ever considered that perhaps he was going with her precisely because of her job. I have long thought that made a lot of sense for the time. It doesn't sound flattering to him, but he was very fixated on the whole badge/government thing at the time - and on getting what he wanted, or thought he needed. And she worked for a congressional committee of some sort. Whatever, she was in a position to let him know a lot about how the federal government worked; it was her job. Not having read the book, I don't know precisely when their relationship heated up, and if the timelines "lined up."
It's possible he tried to call her; perhaps even probable. But was she his reason
for going there? I'm not so sure.