Re "Rousing, quirky start for Games" (Page A1, July 28): British eccentricity and self-effacing humor has long upended and confused straight-laced cultures that take themselves too seriously while preoccupied with their own enfeeblement derived from self-pity. Full of historic tortuous tyranny with no recourse, the only way forward for Brits is recognizing their own human weaknesses, laughing at their occasional bumbling selves, and pure grit.
Mitt Romney's ugly American self hubris criticizing Britain's handling of the Olympics is representative of a U.S. sour grapes perspective toward anyone enthusiastically utilizing power of truth over error.
-- Cecelia M. Calmes, Sacramento
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