I am at the media center at the Westin Hotel in Washington where journalists from around the world–who were unable to get to Andrews–are watching a live pool feed of the Pope's arrival from a large movie screen. There is also a mix of staff personnel from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops–the host coordinators of this event.
The moment Shepherd One landed there was applause around the room. Some staffers are videotaping the screen, even photographing it. In the background you hear broadcasters calling the event in spanish and reporters speaking other in various languages. The energy is palpable.
The staffers–and even the reporters–again applaud as the Pope emerges from the plane. Observers marvel at how quickly he comes off the stairs and how he good the Pope looks. "He has a gig for life," one of the staffers says.
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