Former Soviet leader speaks at Hard Rock
Exactly what brought Gorbachev remained unclear, since he's not on a speaking tour. He said he came at the invitation of the Seminole Tribe, which owns the entertainment complex, and a tribal council member issued a written statement expressing pride in hosting the former Soviet leader. The week before his talk, a Hard Rock Live newspaper ad gave Gorbachev billing equal to Paul Anka and Eric Clapton but lower than Larry the Cable Guy. The tribe gave away tickets.
"The U.S. government made a big mistake from the breakup of the Soviet Union," he said. "At that time the Russian people were really euphoric about America and the U.S. was really number one in the minds of many Russians."