Looking back on Mr. T's Visit To White House

First Lady Nancy Reagan Kisses Mr.T On Forehead While Sitting On His Lap For Christmas Photo
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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 White House Christmas decorations on December 12, 1983.

Mr. T admitted to The Independent in 2008 that his invitation to the White House was one of the biggest surprises of his life:

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

To his surprise, the first lady sat on the wrestling star's lap and kissed him on the cheek.