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This was, I think, the first show at the new Grand Ole Opry in Opryland. According to Colin Escott's book "The Grand Ole Opry" Nixon played Happy Birthday and My Wild Irish Rose to his wife then did a bit of yo-yoing with Roy Acuff. Acuff described Nixon as "a real trouper as well as one of our greatest presidents". However in the same book Bill Anderson recalls asking Ernest Tubb if he ever thought he'd see the day when the President would come to the Grand Ole Opry? Tubb replied "No, but I wish it had been another president!"
My brain is having real trouble accepting the veracity of this photo. I just keep thinking it must, MUST, be a still from Altman's 'Nashville.'
This was toward the end, and Tricky had asked someone (Acuff, maybe?) if he wanted to go back to Washington and he could stay there.
In a way this event was an early confirmation of the success of the Southern strategy. Nixon's approval ratings were falling to the floor, but most members of the Opry fell all over themselves to welcome him.
Wearing a business suit to the Grand Ole Opry should be an impeachable offense.
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