Feeling Proud Again: Olympic Organizer Peter Ueberroth

Olympic Organizer Peter Ueberroth Puts on an Extraordinary Spectacle, Showing What America's Entrepreneurial Spirit Can Do

The flame came fluttering out of the darkness, into an early morning light. Americans in bathrobes would sometimes stand by the sides of the two-lane roads, and as a runner carried the Olympic torch toward them, they would signal thumbs up and break the country silence with a soft, startling cheer. Their faces would glow with a complex light--a patriotism both palpable and chastened, a kind of reawakened warmth, something fetched from a long way back.

For Americans, the moment was powerfully emblematic. Why were they cheering? What were they cheering? When television news played scenes of the torch's progress across...

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