THE PRESIDENCY: A Vodka Toast for Reagan

The Soviet embassy threw its annual celebration of the Revolution of 1917 a few days ago, and the glitterati of Washington swarmed in as usual to the stone box of a building that hunkers down on 16th Street. The vodka was good (Stolichnaya), the few dabs of caviar were superb (from the Volga River) and the guests from the diplomatic corps, Congress, White House and the city at large elbowed each other cheerfully in the chandeliered rooms on the second floor of the elaborate embassy where tsarist Russia set up shop in 1913.

The occasion is always a night's adventure....

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