From The Other White Mansion: Here is a release from the official White House website on the visit of President Bush with Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi to Graceland: President Bush and Prime Minister Koizumi Participate in Photo-Op with Mrs. Bush, Priscilla Presley, and Lisa Marie Presley
PRESIDENT BUSH: First of all, the Prime Minister and I would like to thank Priscilla and Lisa for their gracious hospitality. And we thank the Graceland staff, as well, for arranging this unusual experience. First of all, my presence here shows it’s never too late to come to Graceland. Laura and I are — we’ve known Elvis Presley since we were growing up. He’s obviously a major part of our music history. He had an international reputation. His reputation was so strong that he attracted the attention of the now Prime Minister of Japan.
I was hoping the Prime Minister would want to come to Graceland. I knew he loved Elvis — I didn’t realize how much he loved Elvis. He not only knows Elvis’ history, he can sing a pretty good Elvis song. This visit here show that not only am I personally fond of the Prime Minister, but the ties between our peoples are very strong, as well.
And so, again, to the Presleys, thank you all. And Mr. Prime Minister, glad you joined us. Want to say a few comments?
PRIME MINISTER KOIZUMI: It’s like a dream. I never expected President come with me to visit Graceland. There’s Elvis song: To Dream Impossible. (Singing Elvis song.) (Laughter.) My dream came true. Thank you very much for — thank you. Thank you very much for treating me nice, the Elvis song. (Singing Elvis song.) Thank you.
PRESIDENT BUSH: We’re going to go have some barbecue, thank you.