This is how awesome America used to be

Interpretation 1: “Whatever, dude. It’s Metallica.” 

Interpretation 2: “Dude. Four long-haired American arena-rockers drove a crowd of 1.5 million people into a frenzy in the capital city of the United States’ sworn enemy, with the crowd waving American flags, in plain view of Soviet troops,  all in the midst of that country’s collapse.”

I don’t know what people do in the State Department these days, but this kind of diplomacy is downright badass. 

Sit back and look at that for a second:

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The world used to love the United States. When did it all go wrong?