Oh, but at least this doesn't happen with the athletes. There must be some other factor that explains why I see action shots of guys playing beach volleyball in shorts and shirts, but switch over to the women and they are standing around in little bikinis. Apparently, this is because the women don't actually have faces, thus the only differtiating factor the public has is their butt. This is why we must not be distracted by excess clothing and the butt must be visible, if not central, in every shot. This is extremely hard to do when they are actually playing great volleyball, so they must do it while they are calling plays or getting pictures taken with the president. But, to give credit where credit is due, so far the U.S. women's butt's are kicking everybody else's.
Well, we've learned that image is apparently a national matter in China... and maybe some other places... so, what is the average Olympic tourist seeing on the streets of Beijing? For this I turn to a great source of what's really happening in Beijing, field reporter, Dave Barry. According to Barry's blog the people of China have been nothing but helpful, kind and welcoming. The food on the other hand... let's just say I'm not sure what Highest-ranking imperial concubine's milk bread is doing for the whole image thing.