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Graceland prepares for high profile visits

It's a visit Graceland officials say the king himself would have relished.

"And to know that the prime minister of japan is one of his biggest fans all over the world," says Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden.

He calls the unprecedented visit a very big deal.

"You know, we've had a lot of special visitors to Graceland, but I think this takes the cake--this is really going to be a special day for us," says Soden.

The secret service is working to make sure it's a safe one.  Agents are already in touch with both Graceland and Memphis Police.  The 13-acre Graceland estate will be closely guarded.

"You've got to figure from the time he arrives to the time he departs, this is the White House," says retired secret service agent Richard Green.

Green spent nearly two decades in the secret service and says a presidential visit to Graceland is like any other.  Ensuring his safety is the top priority.

"The only time you can sit back and relax is when he's up on the 2nd floor of the white house sound asleep at three o'clock in the morning," says Green.

Complicating the June 30th visit is the fact that not one, but two world leaders will need protecting.  At the end of the day, the folks at Graceland hope President Bush and the Prime Minister of Japan leave with only fond memories of Memphis, and the place Elvis called home.

To give you a better idea of just how big this visit will be, Mr. Soden tells Action News 5 the press pool alone is expected to include at least 200 media personnel.

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