The Ronald Reagan Foundation is celebrating what would have been Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday (to say nothing of his twenty-sixth year of senile dementia) this year and the foundation thought it would be a good idea to honor someone with a made-up Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Award for, you know, for shits and giggles, but also to let people know that there is this thing called the Ronald Reagan Foundation that does, well, something I’m sure. Like taking out Nancy Reagan’s trashcans on Wednesdays or siccing the hounds on Michael Reagan when he comes poking around on holidays. Probably stuff like that.
Anyway, instead of giving the “Communicator Award” to some brave Reaganesque common sense truth teller like that dreamy Paul Ryan or maybe film editor/dildo rape boat captain James O’Keefe, they decided to give it to the producers of the Atlas Shrugged cartoon movie in a gesture that can best be described as a “pity fuck”:
The Ronald Reagan Foundation awarded “Atlas Shrugged Part 1” with its inaugural Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Award. Atlas Shrugged Producer Harmon Kaslow accepted the award from Stewart McLaurin, Executive Director of the foundation’s Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, at the opening night gala of the 2011 Santa Catalina Film Festival on Catalina Island, Calif., May 6.
“I’m very grateful to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Santa Catalina Film Festival for honoring our film with this award,” producer John Aglialoro said. “It reinforces my commitment to getting the story and message of ‘Atlas Shrugged’ to the big screen.”
Then Aglialoro asked if there was some kind of honorarium that came with the award, maybe even a few bucks for cab fare, and after being denied he grew agitated and they were forced to sic the hounds on him….