How cool is that? I saw the leader of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. It reminds me of why I love living in D.C. The opportunity to do or see once in a lifetime things happens a bit more often here then in Houston.
It was really amazing! I took our interns and we raced to grab a spot on Pennsylvania Avenue so we could catch a glimpse of the Pope. (I could have attended the ceremony with the President and the Pope at the White House this morning (one of the 13,000 attendees on the South Lawn), but I had to cover a meeting.) 😦
We caught the Pope in the Popemobile leaving the White House and heading to the Vatican Embassy. (Please note in the picture that the Popemobile is a Mercedes.) I even got a little Vatican Flag. It was cool because as the Popemobile got close the crowd went crazy! You could hear audible gasps of excitement as he neared. I was a little shocked because the Popemobile was going a bit faster then expected. We actually lucked out…we got to our spot on Pennsylvania Avenue with 30 seconds to spare. Had the Metro been a little bit later, I would have missed the Pope. Too bad I didn’t get tickets to Mass tomorrow…that would have been really amazing.
BTW – Did you see that this is the first time in recorded history a President has greeted a world dignitary at Andrews’s Air Force base. Most of the time, they meet at the White House. I guess since he is “The Man, next to the Man”, President Bush could greet him as soon as he arrived in the U.S.
Notice the Secret Service behind him standing on the SUV. Even with all that security, and the bullet-proof shield around the Pope-mobile, he was still hauling pretty quickly thru the streets.
There he is…in his Pope-Mobile.
The Vatican Flag they were handing out for Free
Spring is finally here. It was a gorgeous day, nearly 75 degrees and the Tulips look awesome!