President and Mrs Reagan with Michael Jackson Magnet
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On May 14, 1984, President Ronald Reagan presented the Presidential Public Safety Communication Award to Michael Jackson for allowing the song “Beat It” to be used in a public service campaign against teen drinking and driving. “Well, isn’t this a thriller? I know why you’re here, and with good reason – to see one of the most talented, most popular, and most exciting superstars in the music world today – Michael Jackson. And Michael, welcome to the White House,” said Reagan.
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