So the head of the IOC declares the Olympics over, the flame is out, but there still seem to be people on the stage. It seems that Canadians, so long without an overt sense of nationalism, have decided to use the stage to hold a pep rally for their country. Can you imagine how unbelievably creepy, and probably scary, it would have been had the Chinese closed the Olympics in a similar China-uber-alles manner. But since the Canadians are thought to be (mostly) harmless, I suppose its OK.
Postscript: Not 30 seconds before this started, I was lamenting the fact that Rush was not a musical act, with the silver lining that we had not seen William Shatner either, when lo and behold he rises onto the stage.
PPS: I thought the way they opened the show, with the clown fixing the broken torch, was much more consistent with the Canadian style, and more flattering in a sense than the goofy show at the end. It is particularly funny, to me at least, to see that all the people who they have chosen so far to extol the virtues of Canada actually left the country for the US to make their fortune. What are they selling, that Canada is a great place to be from? They couldn't have found someone like Jim Balsillie who actually mad his fortune and reputation, you know, in Canada.
PPPS: OK, it was only the talking quasi-celebrities I thought was odd. Who couldn't love the giant inflatable beavers that followed?