Ronald Reagan, that’s who. In 1984, the 40th president issued a proclamation urging Americans to set aside one summer month in honor of the frosty treat with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
May I suggest the appropriateness of a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, which on Friday opened “One Life: Ronald Reagan”? You can follow it up by ordering a scoop of the cold stuff, in Ronnie’s honor, from the museum’s Courtyard Cafe (or head to one of our picks for best ice cream).
“One Life”is not a big show; it only takes up a single gallery. But it’s a chance to see more facets of the 40th president than any single picture allows. “One Life: Ronald Reagan” features a publicity image from Reagan’s early movie career, a 1985 Andy Warhol portrait (based on an Arrow shirt ad), a cowboy-themed sculptural caricature by Patrick Oliphant and video excerpts of his most famous speeches.
See more images from “One Life: Ronald Reagan” after the jump.