A country once famous for shutting itself off from the rest of the world staged one of history's most elaborate pageants today: a four-hour extravaganza featuring 15,000 performers and 29,000 fireworks before a crowd of 91,000 people in Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium. The TV audience could be four billion worldwide. George W. Bush became the first US President to attend an Olympic event on foreign soil.
Opening Ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics
Alan Abrahamson - 3 Wire Sports / USC - @alanabrahamson, Kai Fu Lee - President of Operations in Greater China, Google, Don Mischer - Executive Producer, televion events and spectacles, Anita DeFrantz - Member, International Olympic Committee, Sharon Hom - Human Rights in China