Outside Graceland, protesters and fans mingle while leaders tour - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Outside Graceland, protesters and fans mingle while leaders tour

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Elvis had a special message for President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi: Eat peanut butter and banana sandwiches instead of whale meat.

That message was among those conveyed as a colorful scene spread outside Graceland today while Bush and Koizumi were touring the mansion where Elvis Presley lived.

Four Elvis impersonators and someone in a whale costume joined representatives of the International Fund for Animal Welfare to urge the prime minister to end commercial whaling in Japan.

Others in the crowd protested Bush and the Iraq war, one with a sign showing the president behind bars with the caption "Jailhouse Iraq."

But most who endured a humid morning in the mid-90s were Elvis fans excited to see two world leaders pay homage to their favorite singer.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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