As of 8:08 pm on 8/8/08 in China, the Olympic games are open. Reportedly the most expensive extravaganza in Olympic history, China went all out to give spectators nothing short of an absolutely amazing show depicting numerous aspects of its culture. The ceremony was capped off with 30,000 fireworks in a dazzling display. George Bush was there, the first U.S. president to ever attend an Olympics outside the country. I could tell you more about it, but I wouldn't really do it justice, so turn on NBC at 7:30 pm or go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/ to watch it yourself. Keep checking back here for updates on the 2008 Olympic games. 8 is a lucky number in China, but hopefully the U.S. will find some luck of its own. Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni. Beijing Welcomes You.