Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has recently revealed that he and his wife met Elvis Presley.
It was in that job that he met Sammy Davis Jr., the entertainer who was also very interested in the battle against poverty. Sammy Davis later was responsible for what may be one of the most unusual meetings of Rumsfeld's career.
Davis invited Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, to see an Elvis Presley show at a casino in Las Vegas. Rumsfeld has never seen Elvis perform or even heard him sing. But he quickly became a fan.
"He (wore) scarlet scarves, and he would wipe his face. He'd stand up there and sing and it was fantastic. He'd sing the most ridiculous thing in the world and people would cheer and yell and love it and I would sit there and go like this," Rumsfeld said, putting his head in his hands.
"Then he would sing a ballad and it was absolutely beautiful."
After the show, Davis, took the Rumsfelds backstage to meet Elvis. Somewhere in the crowd, Joyce Rumsfeld lost track of her husband.
"Joyce gets carried away and she's talking to somebody and she couldn't find me. And she finally looked around the room and way off in the corner and Elvis Presley had me cornered. I was against the corner and he's big and he's like this and I was right behind him. He was talking about the United States Army," Rumsfeld said.
As for Elvis' famous scarlet scarves, one of them ended up with Mrs. Rumsfeld, and according to the former Secretary of Defense, "it's framed."
Source; elvisinfonet / EpGold