On the Counting Crows‘ 1994 single “Round Here,” singer Adam Duritz’s misunderstood muse Maria says she’d “like to meet a boy who looks like Elvis.” And going by an unimaginable anecdote delivered Monday in Tupelo, Mississippi, President Donald Trump thinks he was also once a boy who looked like Elvis. Watch him say it, below.
Why would the president ever utter such a claim? Well, because Tupelo is the hometown of late singer, actor and 20th century icon Elvis Presley. So during his 45-minute speech at Tupelo Regional Airport yesterday, Trump threw in a story that posits people actually telling him he looked like Elvis as a boy. He’s gotta make it about him, you know?
“I am thrilled to be back in Tupelo,” the president remarks, adding a peculiar vocal inflection that sounds nothing like a Midwestern accent. “I love Tupelo. Home of thousands of hardworking American patriots. And the proud birthplace of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis. Elvis! We love Elvis.” (Yes, we love Elvis. But why are you bringing him up?)
“I shouldn’t say this,” Trump continues. “You’ll say I’m very conceited, ’cause I’m not. But other than the blonde hair, when I was growing up, they said I looked like Elvis. … Can you believe it? I always considered that a great compliment.”
“When I was growing up, they said I looked like Elvis. … Can you believe it? I always considered that a great compliment.”
Gag me with a spoon, as the old saying goes. While it’s hard to imagine Trump ever looked anything like Elvis, it’s perhaps reasonable to assume he once possessed the general baby-faced countenance of Elvis Presley as a toddler. Maybe.
What do you make of Trump’s remarks? Do you think he truly looked like Elvis growing up? Sound off in the comments.