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Posted at 1:03 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Reagan's 100th birthday: A few celebs, lots of tributes and one really big cake

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Nancy Reagan with Reagan Foundation Chairman Fredrick Ryan, Jr. and U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General George Flynn, and that $10,000 birthday cake. (David McNew/Reuters)

We should have guessed: Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday celebration in California over the weekend featured . . . lots of speeches. Everybody wanted a chance to wax poetic about the Great Communicator, including Sarah Palin, who likened herself to Reagan at Friday's Young America's Foundation dinner in Santa Barbara.

Amid family, friends and former staffers were a few celebs: the Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood, John Stamos, who appeared at an invitation-only concert Saturday night, and Gary Sinise, one of the speakers at Sunday's tribute at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

The biggest treat? The $10,000, 400-pound, official centennial birthday cake that was rolled out Sunday. The six-foot-tall chocolate confection had five tiers, 20,000 jelly beans, stars-and-stripes frosting, edible photos of Reagan and a 50-pound chocolate eagle on top.

By The Reliable Source  | February 7, 2011; 1:03 AM ET
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