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Gorbachev says 'I will Support' Obama


Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev said his opinion of President Obama is "very favorable," and that he would support Obama, at an address to high school students at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Laureates, the Chicago Sun-Times reports:

The 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner recalled a speech that he gave to a university audience of 12,000 shortly before Obama’s historic election in 2008. […]

"When they asked this question, I said, ‘I don’t want to teach you because, often, America teaches others how they should live.’ If I give you advice, I said, that would be a risk,’" Gorbachev recalled Monday, speaking through an interpreter.

"But nevertheless, I did say, ‘I think you Americans need your own Perestroika.’ And 12,000 people rose from their seats and gave me an ovation. And I think that the elections that followed brought a new spirit to America. Of course, there are many people who don’t like what President Obama is doing. But, my opinion of him is very [favorable]. I will support him. However, there are still vested interests who want another Cold War, another arms race, weapons trade, interventions. They will not succeed."

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