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Throwback Thursday: Mr. T helps Nancy Reagan unveil White House Christmas decorations

Mr. T and Nancy Reagan teamed up in 1983 to light up the White House Christmas decorations and say no to drugs.

By UPI Staff
"Mr. T", star of the TV show the "A-Team" poses as Santa Claus on December 12, 1983 to help First Lady Nancy Reagan unveil the White House Christmas decorations. Photo by Larry Rubenstein/UPI
1 of 2 | "Mr. T", star of the TV show the "A-Team" poses as Santa Claus on December 12, 1983 to help First Lady Nancy Reagan unveil the White House Christmas decorations. Photo by Larry Rubenstein/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 12, WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Today marks the 30th anniversary of a historic day in White House history. On December 12, 1983, Mr. T, star of The A-Team shed his tough guy image and donned a Santa Claus costume to assist First Lady Nancy Reagan in unveiling the Christmas decorations at the White House.

In a 2008 interview with The Independent, Mr. T admitted his invitation to the White House was one of the biggest surprises of his life:

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"Nancy Reagan was campaigning to get kids to say no to drugs, and they heard about me going round schools telling kids to stay away from drugs. It was a real honor for a black kid from the ghetto who grew up on welfare."

To his further surprise, the first lady even sat on the A-team star's lap and gave him a kiss on the forehead, perhaps a thank you for the Mr. T doll he presented her with as a gift.

Four years later, Mrs. Reagan got some help from another popular television celebrity at the 1987 White House Christmas Party. The friendly, cat loving extraterrestrial ALF.

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