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- n. Enthusiasm for Mikhail Gorbachev, USSR head of state from 1985 to 1991, who introduced the liberalizing reforms of glasnost and perestroika.
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“Gorbymania” is out of control, according to Lehming.
The puckish Chinese prime minister's performance was reminiscent of the early days of Gorbymania, when the then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev charmed Americans.
As the media succumbed to Gorbymania, Gorbachev's American counterpart laughingly conceded center stage to the Soviet leader, reminding fretful handlers that he had once shared the silver screen with such notorious camera hogs as Wallace Beery and Errol Flynn.
However, as journalist William F. Jasper observed in his article "Gorbymania!" in The New American magazine for November 3, 2003: