Happy Birthday, Mr. President

February 7, 2005

JELLY BEANS AND ANCHORMEN The New York Young Republican Club hosted a birthday celebration and awards ceremony in honor of President Reagan at Scopa on Madison Avenue last week. The late president's birthday was on Sunday. The president of the Center for Security Policy, Frank Gaffney, received the Peace Through Strength Award; the founder of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa,received the Shining City on a Hill Award, and MSNBC television host Joe Scarborough received the Great Communicator award.

In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Scarborough reminisced about his earlier career as a congressman, specifically campaigning door-to-door. Regarding Reagan, Mr. Scarborough said, "Every actor wants to direct. Reagan was the director, Gorbachev was the actor, and the wall came down."

In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Gaffney spoke about the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would allow the United Nations to tax America. Reagan opposed the treaty, but it may be ratified yet.

Mr. Sliwa gave rousing remarks in support of the Republican party. Interestingly, he said his parents supported President Roosevelt and his own first vote was for George McGovern.

The NYYRC also gave Scott Sala an award for grass-roots activism. Mr. Sala, who was one of the official bloggers during the Republican National Convention, runs www.slantpoint.com. Its tagline is, "Biased Media. From the Heart of NYC."

Robert George of the New York Post was the evening's master of ceremonies. Awards presenters included Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality and Andrew Stuttaford of National Review Online.

Among those in the audience were a former candidate for City Council against Gifford Miller, Jennifer Arangio; journalist Thomas Lipscomb; John Krieger of Achelis & Bodman Foundations, and glam rocker Nathaniel Thorne and his wife Michelle. Mr. Thorne's band is called "Drop Dead Gorgeous." A senior adviser for Mayor Bloomberg, Shea Fink, also stopped by.

One of the raffle prizes was a small jar of Jelly Belly jellybeans.