There's an effort underway to make Elvis Presley an officially celebrated national figure, and with his very own holiday to boot, reports
Richard Simon of The LA Times
Rep. Larry Kissell, (D-N.C.), backed by nine other members of the House, has introduced a resolution making January 8th "Elvis Presley Day" across the nation. Calling the recognition of the King of Rock n' Roll's contribution to society "long overdue," Kissell said Presley's story is the story of the American Dream.
"Presley remains one of the most famous American entertainers of all time," stated Kissell, "whose influence on music and whose cultural impact continues today."
But while Kissell and supporters in Congress are singing the praises of a national icon, House Republicans are keen to squash such talk, writes Simon, and focus their efforts on issues they deem more important than Graceland, jailhouse rock, and blue suede shoes.
"House Republican leaders have scaled back votes on commemorative resolutions," says Simon, "contending such things waste floor time needed for more pressing matters."
Via the LA Times