Jackson and DC: We Almost Knew Ya

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    TK
    AP
    Michael Jackson stands with President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan on the south lawn of the White House prior to receiving an award from the president for his contribution to the drunk driving awareness program.

    Throughout the course of his life, pop star Michael Jackson bounced around from various homes, residences and hotel rooms all around the world.

    Although Washington was never a primary destination for the King of Pop, we did get to see the Gloved One from time to time.

    A trip down memory lane.

    1984: Jackson accepts an award at the White House from President Ronald Reagan for his work helping people overcome alcohol and drug abuse. Reagan writes Jackson a letter which reads, in part: "You've gained quite a number of fans along the road since 'I Want You Back,' and Nancy and I are among them."

    Reagan would later write in his journal (published decades later) that he was "surprised at how shy" Jackson was and said Jackson "is totally opposed to Drugs & Alcohol & is using his popularity to influence young people against them."

    1990: President George H.W. Bush presents Jackson with the "Artist of the Decade" award at the White House.

    "[H]e has a tremendous following," says Bush. "He does good work, what we call the Points of Light concept."

    1992: Jackson swings into town to receive an award from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters. Jackson tells Ebony magazine that "I never get into politics."

    1993: Jackson plays a big role in President Bill Clinton's inauguration, performing at the Lincoln Memorial along with Bob Dylan and Elton John, as well as at the Presidential Gala at USAir Arena.

    At the gala, Jackson pleads with Clinton to provide sufficient money to fight HIV/AIDS. While in town, he swings by the Children's Hospital to visit patients.

    2001: Jackson performs at RFK stadium for a post-9/11 concert - "United We Stand: What More Can I Give" — to benefit the American Red Cross.

    2002: The Washington Post reports that "Washington film production company owner Joe Becker says close associates of Michael Jackson have stiffed him for the six-figure sum he advanced for an abortive music video of Jackson's tune, 'What More Can I Give?,' which was supposed to have featured the aging Prince of Pop and a cast of rock stars at the Lincoln Memorial."

    2004: Jackson makes a trip to Capitol Hill to get help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He remains mum during a news conference, and the Congressional Black Caucus is less than eager to meet with him.

    USA Today reports: "They had turned down his request to attend its meeting Wednesday, saying they were too busy dealing with legislative issues affecting black Americans."

    2007: Jackson tours the Smithsonian's National Air and Space and American Indian museums. Jackson scopes out potential summer homes on the Eastern Shore, causing quite a buzz that he might move to our neighborhood.

    He never did.