Comments: Hunka' hunka' burning love for Elvis endures 35 years after his death
Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley had a historic meeting on December 21, 1970.
August 16th, 2012
07:24 PM ET

Comments: Hunka' hunka' burning love for Elvis endures 35 years after his death

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. What follows is a look at some of the most talked-about stories of the day.

Sometimes readers ask about our stories. Today, a reader commenting on a story about a man accused of faking his own death happened to mention the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.

"How do they decide what article gets to be the top story? Today is the day Elvis died. Lisa Marie and Priscilla greeted the fans at Graceland today. Now this is not a lead story either but it's not even a story to CNN. I don't know ... sorry to complain."

Thanks for your comment, Guest. CNN affiliate WMC covered the Graceland event, and that story was put up on the entertainment page. If you really want to travel back in time, CNN iReport received numerous photos and videos about Presley in honor of what would have been Presley's 75th birthday in 2010.

But those aren't the only places you'll find Elvis on People have been talking about Presley all over the place.

Remembering the King: When Nixon met Elvis

The photo at the top recalls the 1970 meeting between Richard Nixon and Presley. The CNN Political Ticker took a look at the historic convergence. Here's what one reader had to say:

myviewis: "I like this part because it's 2012 and we are still having this problem with the flag losing respect and the country. Presley was adamant that he 'wanted to be helpful' and that he wanted to 'restore some respect for the flag which was being lost.' "

Meanwhile, reader Sniffit theorized that "Elvis is hiding in a trailer in Area 51" with various items and people. Hard to say for sure. There are plans in place to put together an Elvis hologram.

Yet another place you might find Elvis - granted, not a Presley - is at border crossings.

Meet Elvis: The virtual border official who knows if you're lying

University of Arizona researchers are developing a virtual kiosk that can tell if you're not being truthful, which could be useful for screening passengers. Officials are testing one of these AVATAR kiosks at Dennis DeConcini Port in Nogales, Arizona. Readers had a few interesting comments.

radbowler1: "Kiosk: Name three Elvis songs or you are not an American!"

HRPufnstuf: "Looks more like Ahhhnold than Elvis. Arnold is probably better at lie detection, too."

Supersam007: "This is the best invention I've ever seen. Every presidential candidate must pass Elvis test."

pmichner: "Elvis: 'I detect that you're lying because you look uncomfortable.' Person: 'I'm uncomfortable because I'm looking at your face, Elvis.' "

We also found readers talking about Elvis Presley on other stories on Thursday.

Ecuador grants asylum to WikiLeaks' Assange

One reader compared WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's situation to Elvis Presley. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since June.

calfmeat: "They've got a little apartment for him in there. Not such a bad life. Sort of like how Elvis lived out his final days. He can still do press releases and continue his work on starting WWIII. Nothing has changed."

Another reader expressed disagreement with the Silversun Pickups' decision to ask the Mitt Romney presidential campaign to stop using its music at rallies.

Campaigns rock at their own risk

The story had many readers talking about the political views of artists.

Steven Alvarado: "Elvis Presley had it right. When asked what his view was on the Vietnam War, his reply was, 'Why would anyone want my opinion on that? I am just an entertainer.' "

Do music and politics mix? In an entirely different musical genre, Insane Clown Posse has said it plans to sue the FBI for what it says was a move to label the band's fans a gang. Some readers suggested going after politicians instead.

iwlnilla: "I think it's about time the FBI label Republicans and Democrats as 'cause for concern.' "

Our readers were heavily divided on their views of the band and of the fans, who are called Juggalos. Turns out that even in the present musical era, when teens are able to listen to songs on YouTube, Elvis Presley still gets hips shaking.

tm1946: "Like my parents, grandparents and every generation, the current music is junk (and we) do not know what is wrong with the youth today. Give me Marvin Gaye, Beach Boys, Elvis, Tina Turner and the greats of the '60s. Now that is real music. Just kidding, don't have a fit, but it was the best music ever."

Your turn. Are you going to indulge in some "Jailhouse Rock" or "Love Me Tender" in honor of the King? Share your hunka' hunka' burning opinions in the comments area below and in the latest stories on Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

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  1. r rega

    Elvis could do it all...whatever your taste...have all three boxsets(15 cds...many master recordings).Each year we crank up in Jan.(Elvis' birthday),then more somber in August(Elvis' passing).Green Green Grass Of Home does it every time.Like Tom Petty sings...she's crazy 'bout Elvis.

    August 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kathryn

    I watch Elvis' early movies – Love Me tender, King Creole, Jailhouse Rock, Flaming Star, Follow that Dream. Change of Habit is pretty good too, nice message.
    Elvis can sing everything and he was a very good actor too, as good or better than most he's acting with. They are better because Elvis was quite a unique draw to the screen and you know your role would be well noted. It is like he left so much that he's not really gone. I love that his home has kept him a place of honor and respect. I was a kid when he came on the scene and he hit hard. So glad he did. He has always been there for us – musically – I think he suffered more in his body than he told. If he had gotten proper medical attention he would have live much longer . None the less – I am a true admirer. I pick Elvis among just a few to make sure my Grandson knows about Elvis' great talent and his position in music and American culture. I let Elvis' gift speak for itself. As a Christian too – it feels good to hear his gospel and worship music.

    August 18, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Laura

    Aside from those "evil gyrations" I thought Elvis was/ a great talent. I remember where I was when I heard he died, and remembered my brother-in-law just being shocked at the news (well Elvis's health was deteriorating).

    August 18, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. I don't idolize drug addicts

    No thanks, Elvis and his bloated drug addicted corpse on toilet can stay in hell.

    August 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksjayhawk

      When you arrive maybe you will then hear the genius in his voice. Prayers for you.

      August 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Muchadoaboutnothing

    Elvis fan for life. I really enjoyed #TCM all day Elvis movies a few days ago. I was a baby when JFK was murdered; however, I remember exactly where I was when Elvis died and seeing it on the news. A sad, sad day.

    August 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TheShadow

    You know what I love about Elvis? He done everything "My Way"

    August 20, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. TheShadow

    Stop, Look and listen baby that's my philosophy, it's called rubberneck-in'
    Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go, for it stands i love you and i always will...he loved his mom so very much, when she died he basically died mentally...he really loved all types of singers and their songs and when the Beatles took some of his fame away he did not like them for a long time, but when they met he really admired much of their songs, especially Leadbelly music.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
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