Good Mourning, America

The U.S. wants to be a good host, really. But we're in our place right now

It's hard to be a good host. You're supposed to ask how the guests' families are, offer them something to drink, commiserate about their long drive--but all you really want to do is show them what you've done to the den, bring out the wedding photos, brag about yourself just a little bit. And Americans are not, by nature, so good at suppressing their instincts--especially the talking-about-yourself one. So it was not surprising that we skipped the beverage offering at the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies and moved straight on to the bragging part.

Luckily, not much is expected of a...

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