The former Soviet leader tells Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Obama "deserved" the Nobel Prize, as he did, and draws a sort of parallel between them:
"I won it unexpectedly, and he won it unexpectedly. And i think I deserved it -- time has passed, and that's clear," Gorbachev says, laughing that he'd have to be a fool not to praise himself.
"America means a lot," Gorbachev said. "That's why we have to support a president of such stature who gave his own country and the world such a strong push forward. And it's already showing real results. That's honorable."
"You can complain about other things, but that is deserved," said Gorbachev of Obama's Nobel. "He'll now be reponble for following the path along which the Nobel Committee pushed him."
Of course, my Conservative friends will have their usual snit-fit when they hear about these comments from Gorbachev. They still believe that Ronald Reagan was responsible for the demise of Communism in the Soviet Union. The simple fact is that Mikhail Gorbachev is the man most responsible for ending the Communist system in the old Soviet Union and ushering in a new era of democracy there -- which is why Gorby won his Nobel Peace Prize.