I love the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The pomp and ceremony are incredible, and yesterday's ceremony in Beijing was particularly impressive. The Chinese put on a stunning show, and I was struck by the warm welcome afforded so many of the countries, including the United States: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26079138/.
One tragic footnote to the above. Today, two family members of one the American volleyball coaches were attacked and one was killed by a Chinese national who then committed suicide before he could be apprehended by the local police: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080809/ap_on_re_as/oly_china_american_killed. This story is still unfolding so we'll know more in the hours and days to come, but initial reports are that there was absolutely nothing to indicate that these people were American, meaning that the attack on them was probably random (though they were in an area that is very popular with tourists).