>> Many said this day would never come but nothing, not Zika, not security threats, not political turmoil, have stopped it.>> I'm Reuters Jane Lanhee Lee in downtown Rio with the Brazilian people to watch the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Games.>> Thousands gathered in this plaza where the city set up large screens so that those who can't afford to be at the Games can still share the fun.
But it was an emotional event. Some around me teared up as the Brazil national anthem played. Interim President Michel Temer booed by the crowds as he opened the Games. Temer gained power after turning against his predecessor Dilma Rousseff, who was impeached and removed from office after a string of scandals.
Now he must bear the brunt of criticism that the Olympics was a waste of money, a $12 billion investment as Brazil suffers its worst recession in 80 years. Some of my colleagues watch the Games from a paravella overlooking the Maracana Stadium.>> I feel mixed, because of the situation that is happening in the country, it's a privilege to host the Olympic Games.
But there are still problems like safety and health services are terrible but all the same we are proud.>> But this is the nation known for Carnival, so no surprise, they know how to celebrate and this night didn't let anything get in the way. Brazil's soccer legend, Pele, who was rumored to light the Olympic flame couldn't make it because of muscle pain.
But Brazilian marathon runner, Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima, did the honor. So now, let the Games begin.