Many media outlets and news organizations weren’t too happy over the restriction of photojournalists during a number of presidential events held at the White House back in 2013. However, such a move was made to control how the President’s image would be reflected in the public. After all, he is the leader of the United States of America, and should set a proper example to everyone. However, you’d have to think about how people were back in the day, when nothing was completely filtered from public view. What would you have to say about the following photos of former Presidents then?
Did you really imagine this scenario? We didn’t at all, but Elvis Presley DID visit the White House in 1970 to drop by and give Richard Nixon a gift. Unusually, it was a Colt .45 pistol. Aside from that, Nixon realized how influential of an asset Presley would be in discussions about drug use, which is why he agreed to meet with the King himself.
Here’s a photo of John Quincy Adams. This photo is considered to be among the oldest existing photos of any US president of that time. However, this was just one of many photos that were taken 14 years after he was out of office. It is now kept in the Smithsonian Institution.