April 17, 1970

Apr 17, 2012

By AM740 Staff

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Johnny Cash played at the White House for President Nixon. Cash wrote afterwards:

“After the performance he and Pat Nixon were the souls of hospitality.  For almost two hours they gave us a tour around the whole White House, including their private living quarters —no other president has done that with me— and pointed out all the things they thought we’d find interesting.  The president even had me lie down and stretch out on the Lincoln bed (and didn’t charge me, either).  He was really kind and charming with us, and he seemed to be honestly enjoying himself.  It was getting late, though, close to midnight, and I worried that we were taking up too much of his time.  I brought that up.

“Mr. President, you’ve been very gracious to entertain us like this, but I know you have more important things to do.  Don’t you think we’d better leave and let you get some rest?”

“Oh, no, don’t worry about it,” he replied jovially.  “I’m going to Hawaii tomorrow to meet the Apollo 11 astronauts after they splash down, so I’ll sleep on Air Force One.  I’ll be fine.  I’ll get plenty of sleep.”  So we relaxed and had a good time.  We didn’t talk about politics at all.”

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