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After Graceland, it's Rendezvous for Bush, guests
The Commercial Appeal ^ | June 27, 2006 | Bartholomew Sullivan

Posted on 06/28/2006 11:42:07 AM PDT by RDTF

President Bush, the first lady and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi are going whole hog on their visit to Memphis Friday. They've selected the Rendezvous for lunch after less than two hours at Graceland.

According to an abbreviated schedule subject to revision, the White House says Bush and Koizumi will tour Graceland Friday morning before heading Downtown for lunch at the landmark barbecue joint. There are no details yet on who will be guests at the luncheon gathering in the Bluff City institution in the alley behind South Second Street. The restaurant was closed Monday, as usual, and owner Charles Vergos could not be reached about what he'll serve.

Bush heads for an Ohio fund-raiser after his Memphis visit.


TOPICS: Extended News; Japan; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: japan; koizumi; koizumivisit

1 posted on 06/28/2006 11:42:08 AM PDT by RDTF
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To: RDTF

Why would the media give the public the President's itinerary? They are insane....


2 posted on 06/28/2006 11:43:48 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: RDTF
My favorite barbecue place!

Anybody who has waited in that alley (while salivating like Pavlov's dog) knows their patience was well rewarded with excellent food.

Her's a shot of the alley & restaurant:


3 posted on 06/28/2006 11:47:58 AM PDT by capt. norm (W.C. Fields: "The time has come to take the bull by the tail and face the situation".)
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To: capt. norm

My favorite Memphis eatery is Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken


4 posted on 06/28/2006 11:55:06 AM PDT by morans14
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To: Blue Turtle

they only release the details of his schedule that they want the media to print


5 posted on 06/28/2006 12:02:35 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two.” Osama Bin laden)
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To: capt. norm

mine too! I bet it will be hilarious to see how the Japanese guy reacts to Graceland


6 posted on 06/28/2006 12:03:38 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two.” Osama Bin laden)
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To: RDTF

I've read that Koizumi is a huge Elvis fan.


7 posted on 06/28/2006 12:06:13 PM PDT by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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To: capt. norm

Rendevouz is one of the only bright spots in Memphis. I don't blame the president for taking him there. Then again, Platinum Plus is kind of nice.


8 posted on 06/28/2006 12:08:02 PM PDT by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: ChinaThreat

ROFL - You should explain what Platinum Plus is for those that don't live here!


9 posted on 06/28/2006 12:13:30 PM PDT by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el inglés)
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To: capt. norm

I like Corkys a lot better - their pulled pork bbq sandwich is the best -


10 posted on 06/28/2006 12:19:44 PM PDT by finallyatexan
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To: Ingtar

Lets just say Platinum Plus has the finest scenery in Memphis.


11 posted on 06/28/2006 12:20:10 PM PDT by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: ChinaThreat

http://www.hogsfly.com -- web site for the ribs.

(not the kind you will see at Platinum Plus)


12 posted on 06/28/2006 12:30:45 PM PDT by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el inglés)
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To: RDTF
I ate at Rendezvous just last month. Excellent ribs and coleslaw.
Warning! There is a Denny's less than a block from there that has the worst service of any restaurant I have ever been to. At 6:00 am my choices were Denny's or the bus depot. I should have picked the bus depot.
13 posted on 06/28/2006 12:34:53 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: ChinaThreat
Lets just say Platinum Plus has the finest scenery in Memphis.

I thought the Platinum Plus was out of business ? I heard it was shut down due to the customers getting too attached with the scenery.
14 posted on 06/28/2006 12:46:24 PM PDT by usastandsunited
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To: usastandsunited; ChinaThreat

Memphis' "Finest" were involved somehow. They went there too many times "undercover" and spent too much to find out if the girls were honest? Something like that.


15 posted on 06/28/2006 1:38:51 PM PDT by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el inglés)
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To: RDTF

Whatever they eat, they have to get the sweet tea to go with it. Rendezvous has some of the best sweet tea on earth!


16 posted on 06/28/2006 1:52:57 PM PDT by OrangeDaisy
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To: ChinaThreat
Rendevouz is one of the only bright spots in Memphis. I don't blame the president for taking him there. Then again, Platinum Plus is kind of nice.

Hey, hey, watch it, now! <g>

Actually downtown Memphis has changed radically in the last few years.  The building of the downtown AAA baseball stadium, kind of a miniature in the style of the one in Baltimore, then the Peabody Place development and most recently the FedEx Forum, where the NBA Grizzlies play.  Beale Street and the downtown shops and restaurants are all really doing well.  There's also some nice stuff going on over near the Civil Right Museum (the old Loraine Motel where Dr. King was killed).  That area is becoming very much an artist's colony and some interesting shops and restaurants are showing up there.  It's still not a great area, but it's better than it used to be.

As to Platium Plus, I remember when they opened that place up.  There were picketers complaining that it would "drive down the quality of the neighberhood."  I laughed out loud.  If you know the area then you know that the neighberhood is full of car dealers.  The "gentleman's club" would raise the quality and the morals of the neighberhood.

17 posted on 06/28/2006 2:07:52 PM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: capt. norm

Rendezvous for the dry ribs, Corky's for the pulled pork. Corky's onion loaf is to die for. Germantown Commisary's pulled pork plate is good and their deviled eggs on the side are really good.


18 posted on 06/28/2006 2:15:30 PM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: Phsstpok
That is just not right...telling us about this great food...and we can't have any...have you no shame?

:-)

19 posted on 06/28/2006 2:39:11 PM PDT by Dog (The founders gave freedom of the press to the people, they didn't give freedom to the press.)
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To: capt. norm

My second oldest's daughter's late husband was from Memphis. He loved that barbecue place. We never got there, the wife and I but I remember the name from him talking about it. He was a chef by the way, in Las Vegas at one time... long ago. He knew his FOOD and he loved barbeque. BIG TIME!


20 posted on 06/28/2006 3:25:13 PM PDT by Lion in Winter (islamics arn't religious, just set on on mass murder of non-muslims! NO FAT ISLAMIC broads!!)
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To: capt. norm

2 weeks ago, my 2 daughters and i did the very same thing. ate at Rendevouz the same day for dinner that we did Graceland. PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE JAPANESE GUY COPIED US! ; )


21 posted on 06/28/2006 3:26:31 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: RDTF

too bad they will likely not have any elvis impersonators on their tour!


22 posted on 06/28/2006 3:27:54 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Dog

Go to hogsfly.com and order up some!


23 posted on 06/28/2006 3:31:43 PM PDT by SelmaLee (Woof!)
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To: xsmommy
PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE JAPANESE GUY COPIED US! ; )

That's because Bush had the NSA monitor your vacation/weekend plans (and everyone else's). He knows whether or not you're going to use genuine Kingsford charcoal or will be using Hank Hill-approved propane for your barbecue.

This will all come out in a big expose' in the New York Times on the eve of the 4th of July.

Gotta' go...I'm out of Reynolds Wrap.

24 posted on 06/28/2006 3:41:20 PM PDT by capt. norm (W.C. Fields: "The time has come to take the bull by the tail and face the situation".)
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To: Phsstpok

I can deal with Collierville. Germantown and even the Southwind area is slipping. The places you mention are fine during the day, but you slip a block off of Poplar or off Beale and you may end up dead. Sorry. The place is run by King Willie and is about as well run as DC. I couldn't take it anymore and had to leave. Good luck and be careful if you live there.


25 posted on 06/28/2006 4:53:26 PM PDT by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: capt. norm; xsmommy

lol!


26 posted on 06/28/2006 4:54:21 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two.” Osama Bin laden)
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To: Phsstpok

The commisary has the best BBQ in memphis. I wasn't really that impressed with Corky's or Rendezvous. But then again, I'm not a big pork BBQ fan anyway.


27 posted on 06/28/2006 4:54:55 PM PDT by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: ChinaThreat
I live in Germantown and work at a facility in the Southwind area. I agree with your assessment but... I moved here from New York, where I grew up, some 20 years ago, so there's dangerous and then there's dangerous. Oh, and before we moved we lived in New Jersey. There's corrupt and then there's corrupt...
28 posted on 06/28/2006 5:04:53 PM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: Phsstpok

lol - just the opposite - I grew up in Memphis and moved to NJ.


29 posted on 06/28/2006 6:11:45 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two.” Osama Bin laden)
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To: RDTF

I grew up in Memphis and moved to NJ.

You got Pizza!!!!! I'm so jealous!

The scariest thing, when we moved here, was when we asked our realtor where we might find good Italian. With a thick southern accent she replied "well, there's a Pizza Hut right over there."

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where in Jersey? We were in Old Bridge, Ocean Township (Asbury Park) and East Windsor before my company moved. I grew up in Scarsdale, NY. There are things I miss about the NY area, but I'm very glad that I raised my kids down here. Of course, there's nothing holding me here, either.

Except a job, of course...


30 posted on 06/28/2006 6:37:16 PM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: Phsstpok

I lived in Somerset county...I was there for about 15 years. OMG Asbury Park - I still visit Belmar and probably would never admit to many a thing during those crazy summers! Now I am in northern VA (DC), and it's really hard to find good pizza here!! But Memphis - oh you poor thing. Although it has my heart the truth is I couldn't wait to leave. My mom is still there.


31 posted on 06/28/2006 6:45:56 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two.” Osama Bin laden)
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To: RDTF
Source: Reuters
Spirit of Elvis still lives in Japan fans' hearts
June 28, 2006
By Linda Sieg

TOKYO (Reuters) - The "King" never came to Japan, but Japan's prime minister is making a pilgrimage to Graceland.

Elvis fan Billy Morokawa says Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will likely feel the power of Presley's enduring energy when he tours the rock-and-roll legend's home in Memphis, Tennessee, Friday with President Bush.

"I don't feel that he's still alive, but his spirit still lives," said Morokawa, vice president of the Elvis Presley Fan Club-Tokyo, who has visited Graceland four times.

"The energy he gave out when he was alive even now isn't disappearing, it's expanding. Maybe Koizumi can feel that energy when he goes to Graceland."

Koizumi, 64, is an Elvis devotee who not only shares a January 8 birthday with his idol, but picked out his songs for a 2001 charity album, "Junichiro Koizumi Presents My Favorite Elvis Songs." The prime minister appears on the album's cover standing next to Elvis outside Graceland in a composite picture.

Back in 1987 when Koizumi was a mere lawmaker, he and his brother Masaya, now a senior adviser to the Tokyo fan club, helped raise funds to erect a status of Elvis in the Japanese capital to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death.

Three years ago the prime minister, an eclectic music lover whose favorites also include German composer Richard Wagner, sang his favorite Elvis hit -- "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" -- with actor Tom Cruise, then in Tokyo to promote his movie "The Last Samurai."

Koizumi, a maverick politician who sprang to power in 2001 promising to breathe fresh life into Japan's stale politics and stalled economy, is hardly the only Elvis fan in Japan.

(Excerpted)

Fourty-eight-year-old Billy Morokawa of Japan, vice-president of Elvis Presley Fan Club of Tokyo,
speaks in front of a television screen showing Presley's concert during an interview with Reuters at
his home in Yokohama, South of Tokyo June 27, 2006. REUTERS/Kiyoshi Ota

 

32 posted on 06/28/2006 7:35:50 PM PDT by Eagle9
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To: Eagle9

that's hilarious! Thanks for sharing that


33 posted on 06/28/2006 7:42:11 PM PDT by RDTF ("We love death. The US loves life. That is the big difference between us two.” Osama Bin laden)
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To: capt. norm

I finally went there last week after 9 months living here..trouble is, it was a Monday and closed so we went to Corky's instead.


Tell me does the Rendezvous have a dry rub?


34 posted on 06/30/2006 12:06:35 AM PDT by Recall
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To: Recall

I find the Rendezvous ribs to dry. I work two blocks from the Rendezvous, ugh, ugh! I guess I'm stuck in the office for lunch!!


35 posted on 06/30/2006 4:03:15 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Didn't basketball and hockey used to be a winter sport?)
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To: Blue Turtle
Why would the media give the public the President's itinerary? They are insane...

Why would the White House release the ininerary if they didn't want the media to print it?

36 posted on 06/30/2006 4:05:24 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: RDTF
mine too! I bet it will be hilarious to see how the Japanese guy reacts to Graceland

He'll probably cry. Koizumi is supposed to be a big Elvis fan.

37 posted on 06/30/2006 4:07:03 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: ChinaThreat
Then again, Platinum Plus is kind of nice.

I've got one of those credit cards, too.

38 posted on 06/30/2006 4:07:47 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: RDTF

Koizumi should also go to Tupelo and see Elvis' birthplace, the shotgun house his father built. To me that's the real Elvis.


39 posted on 06/30/2006 4:20:01 AM PDT by Atlantian
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To: usastandsunited

Lol. That wouldn't suprise me. I havent been back since i left a few years ago.


40 posted on 06/30/2006 3:38:45 PM PDT by ChinaThreat (s)
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