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Unformatted text preview: of sixty-nine Gorbachev looked
remarkably unchanged from his appearance during the Reagan years. His hair was white, but he seemed vigorous and strong, still capable of
running a mighty empire. He spoke quickly in Russian and then waited patiently for the translator to catch up. His delivery was full of
energy and passion. “I like America,” Gorbachev said with a broad smile. “And I like American people.” He wanted to give the audience a
sense of what was happening in Russia today. Few people in the United States seemed to care much about events in Russia, a dangerous state
of affairs. He asked the crowd to learn about his country, to form partnerships and make investments there. “You must have a lot of money,”
Gorbachev said. “Send it to Russia.”
A few minutes into Gorbachev’s speech, the audience began to lose interest. He had badly misjudged the crowd. His speech might have
been a success at the Council on Foreign Relations or at the United Nations General Assembly, but at the Grand Ballroom of the Mirage it
was a bomb. As Gorbachev explained why the United States mus...
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- Spring '08