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.

Compiled by the moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. Mary

    It is the silent voices that help evil flourish.
    In other words, your condoning those wicked ones to carry out these acts and many others, when you don't open your mouth. Examples forth coming Saturday.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pass the Popcorn

      Two seconds ago you were waxing poetic. Different story now that the old boy has shown up? Hypocrite.

      August 16, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pilihP

    Really. At you old ladies always in my face. How is it that you take issue for what I say and yet not a word of what Elvis DID. He was a drunk womanizer you know well.
    It does truly irritate me that you swoon over a womanizer. I myself was a womanizer for about 15 years all tolled. So i would for sure know more about womaizing men than you gals do, especially being a man. And for sure not the tyoe of man who says something anout the news based on what women want to hear on certain subjects.
    Yes. One of the long long long long long term effects on a nation spending so much money on mind altering drugs for 50 years is that we end up with men thinking as if a woman. (also explaining gender confusion) Even is sea turtles. Really.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pass the Popcorn

    Dude, they asked about people's favorite songs, not what kind of tingles they get when they think of him. I couldn't care less about him. You don't like him. What are you doing here, then? Christ, how dumb!

    August 16, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pass the Popcorn

    Oh, yeah, um, people take issue with what you say because you're the one saying it. How could you miss that? Duh.

    August 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pass the Popcorn

    How is it one person can ruin a whole thread in 5...4...3...2...1...! Wow. You must be a thrill to live with. I'm not going to comment about Bridas because this is a thread about ELVIS, and ain't a person alive that didn't know about his life! Dude is dead! LET IT GO!

    August 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    @Pass the Popcorn, very good. LOL!

    August 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pass the Popcorn

    Oh yeah. Favorite song: "Hound Dog". Ironically, it's what is going on right now with the whining and crying all the time. This place needs live moderators. Badly!

    August 17, 2012 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    Right again you are. Any moderators are asleep at the switch. Good night.

    August 17, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Pass the Popcorn

    You don't listen to anyone because they're women, either. I've seen you here. You're not mean. You just hate women you can't control. Now hush. You're an embarrasment to men.

    August 17, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pass the Popcorn

    This dawg is out of here too. I can't stomach a self-righteous pity party. God, how dumb!

    August 17, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Talkic Social

    My dad kind of looks like later years Elvis.

    August 17, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Aaron Chaney

    Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama)

    Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

    August 17, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      No thanks! Romney will take care of the rich only. Good luck though!

      August 17, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. gregm

    I'm speaking from the perspective of a person who held Elvis in contempt from 1956 to about 3 years ago, and then slowly began to understand his genius, and why people sort of revere him. He could sing anything, and sing it better than everyone. If you don't believe it – – listen to "Love Me".

    August 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathryn

      Great song.

      August 18, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. lindaluttrell

    Grew up listening to the "King." I appreciated him more in later years because he was one singer from that era who could not only sing rock and religious...I though he was a pretty good blues and country singer as well. Elvis had a pain and sadness in his voice at times that touched us all. RIP King!

    August 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mr.Bobowe

    I grew up with Elvis......loved his Talent....a part of me went accross the Rainbow Bridge when he did....a Great Loss to the World

    August 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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