With Bush, Koizumi Does an Elvis Impersonation at Graceland!

“Don’t Be Cruel” but here is Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi doing his best Elvis impersonation at Graceland,

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (L) does an Elvis Presley imitation while wearing his sunglasses in the Jungle Room of Elvis’s home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, June 30, 2006. From L-R are: Koizumi, former wife Priscilla Elvis, daughter Lisa Marie Presley, and U.S. President George W. Bush. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

The Prime Minister was to recieve a lock of The King‘s hair as a present from the staff at Graceland:

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has visited the home of his musical hero, Elvis Presley, as a guest of US President George W Bush.

Mr Koizumi burst into song with a few bars of “Love Me Tender” in the Jungle Room of Graceland on a private tour by the singer’s ex-wife.

Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie and her mother Priscilla met Mr Koizumi, Mr Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the gate of Presley’s former home.

Then, amid the Hawaiian-style furniture and a waterfall feature in the room where the King used to relax, Mr Koizumi serenaded the US president and his wife.

Feeling “It’s Now or Never”…

…Koizumi sports the shades. (AP)

Koizumi released an Elvis CD in 2001: Junichiro Koizumi Presents: My Favorite Elvis Songs.”

Elvis and Koizumi share the same birthday of January 8th.

Back in 1987… When Koizumi was a mere lawmaker, he and his brother Masaya, now a senior adviser to the Tokyo fan club, helped raise funds to erect a status of Elvis in the Japanese capital to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death.

In the Jungle Room at Graceland. (Reuters)

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