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I thought the uniforms were exceptional, just like America & our athletes are exceptional. Those uniforms were lively, prideful, & exemplary of U.S. ingenuity in design & knitting skills. The patriotic theme was quite obvious, designed by famous New York designer Ralph Lauren. By the way, Ralph Lauren's son, (David) is married to Lauren Bush, (who is a daughter of Neil Bush, & also a niece of George "W" Bush). Yeah, it gets complicated. But suffice it to say, the "designer" chosen to make uniforms for the U.S. Olympic Team -- has very close ties to the Bush family. And so it is very likely that the Bushes had more influence on the uniform design, than Obama ever did.
I saw most of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies (on TV) & it was fantastic. Nearly flawless. The news seemed to exaggerate every little glitch, but I still thought it went spectacularly. I think Putin should be very proud & know how much we appreciate every one of his moves toward World Peace.
The whole ceremony seemed to show a much kinder side of the Soviet facade. A blazing view of their history, with all its glory & grandeur, & major achievements in the world of performing Arts. And a tragic view of their "cold war" years, full of destructive attitudes, & the perseverance of their stoic people, despite all the turmoil around them. It was a heroic era, that gave them enough courage to face hardships & to survive them all.
All being seen through the innocent eyes of an 11 yr old girl, being transported up on the string of a kite, floating far above the misty world below. The special effects were magical, as the "dream" she experiences is gradually made real, & all of it is faintly projected on dim snowy fields beyond.
Then a beautiful musical sequence happened where dozens of young people ran into the arena, singing "We are Peace, We are War, We are Love, We are the Way we Treat Each Other." Anyway, it was a joyful episode reminiscent of the Peace Movement of the 1970's. I think Putin may have been in sympathy with that movement, since he appeared "touched" by some of that music & its exuberance. For the first time, the 'mask' he wears almost fell off. And we could almost see a real kind caring human being inside. That was one of the best parts of the Olympics for me.