Unlikely political pairs prove friendship is stronger than politics

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Unlikely political friendships

Former first lady Nancy Reagan & Mr. T

The unlikely friendship between the two started when Reagan asked the actor to join her 'Just Say No' anti-drug campaign. Mr. T would attend Reagan's funeral in 2016 and said working with her was the highlight of his career.

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Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia & Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Scalia and Ginsburg served together on the Supreme Court for more than two decades, up until Scalia's passing in 2016. Their friendship bridged opposing ideologies and Ginsburg even said they were best buddies.

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Ivanka Trump & Chelsea Clinton

Their parents are political foes and went up against each other in the 2016 presidential election, but the daughters of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have remained cordial. Ivanka was quoted in People magazine as saying, 'We’re both incredibly supportive of our parents, as we should be... but we also continue to have great respect for one another.'

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Former first lady Mary Todd Lincoln & Elizabeth Keckley

Keckley was a former slave who bought her freedom and eventually became a professional seamstress. According to Smithsonian.com, Keckley met Lincoln in 1860 and became her dressmaker. The two quickly formed a special bond with Keckley becoming one of Lincoln's closest confidantes.

(L) U.S. first lady Mary Todd Lincoln is shown in this undated portrait painting.
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(R) Illustrated portrait of Elizabeth Keckley
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Former presidents Richard Nixon & Bill Clinton

Nixon, a Republican and Clinton, a Democrat didn't let their political party affiliations stop them from forming a unique Museum in 2013 included a letter that Nixon wrote to Clinton congratulating him on his win in the presidential election. Clinton also delivered remarks at Nixon's funeral in 1994 saying that he offered him wise counsel and left a "profound impression" on him.

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Former presidents Thomas Jefferson & John Adams

The friendship between the two Founding Fathers saw its fair share of ups and downs. Jefferson and Adams showed unity in 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but they later became political foes when they both ran for president in 1800. They would later fix their friendship and both ended up passing away on July 4, 1826, within hours of one another.

(L) Portrait of Thomas Jefferson by artist Rembrandt Peale
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(R) Portrait of John Adams
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Former Presidents George W. Bush & Bill Clinton

The two have attended many events together over the years and they even used social media to banter with one another. In November 2014 Clinton took to Twitter to thank Bush for his copy of "41: A Portrait of My Father, he even poked fun at Bush for still not having a Twitter account. Bush responded on Instagram, where the teasing between the two continued and Bush called Clinton his 'brother from another mother.'

The two also appeared on the cover of TIME magazine together in 2015. During that interview George W. Bush was asked if he ever painted a portrait of Clinton. He said, “No, I haven’t. I don’t want to ruin friendships.”

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President Richard Nixon & Jackie Robinson

In this picture from 1960 then Vice President Richard Nixon is pictured with baseball star Jackie Robinson during a campaign stop in New Jersey. Robinson would endorse Nixon in the 1960 election but would later back Democrat Hubert Humphrey in 1968. 

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President Barack Obama & India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The relationship between the two has been labeled 'unlikely' by many people. They met on several occasions including a meeting at the White House and the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane. Their relationship has been focused widely around the need to work together to fight climate change.

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Amid political scandals, drama and the not-so-pleasant mudslinging, there are actually some high-profile political figures that ended up with some unexpected friends in their circles.

Who would have ever thought that former first lady Nancy Reagan would befriend ex-wrestler and actor, Mr. T? Their friendship reportedly blossomed over the years starting with the Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign. Mr. T would later tweet that working with Nancy Reagan "was the highlight of my career" and he would "continue her work in trying to keep kids from the dangers of drugs" when she passed away in early 2016.

Would you ever guess baseball legend Jackie Robinson and former president Richard Nixon were friends? The controversial friendship had many ups and downs, mostly centered around civil rights issues and political scandals. Eventually Robinson's endorsement of the former president was revoked when Nixon ran against Humphrey in 1968. The two stayed in touch until the baseball legend's last days.

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