Pope Francis Arrives in Washington

The pontiff begins his visit to the United States at the White House.
0:54 | 09/23/15

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York we can feel the excitement in the air in Washington. Big crowds out to see the pope this morning, and, George, you're smack dab in the middle of it all. Right here on the south lawn. The kr0uds have been gathering for hours. Everyone excited, everyone smiling. Ready to greet pope Francis. About 20,000 will be here when president Obama greets him in about two hours from now and already there have been such memorable images on this trip. Yesterday the pope touching down around 4:00 P.M. On shepherd one, his plane and going down those steps to set foot on U.S. Soil for the first time in his life. The pope's never been to America before. He was greeted, of course, by president Obama who brought the whole family with him to Andrews air force base and four young children chosen from catholic schools here in Washington, D.C. Presented the pope with flowers before my favorite image of the day yesterday, the pope does not like the trappings of power, drove off squeezed himself into that little fiat before waving good-bye to the crowds. Pope Francis with a packed schedule that includes trips to the capitol and the national mall. He is the fourth pope to visit us here in the U.S. And this is the tenth papal visit to America. He'll be the third pope to visit the white house and the first ever to address congress. We are going to have full team coverage every step of the way of this historic trip for pope Francis. ABC's terry Moran has been traveling with the pope, starts us off on the other side of the white house on the north lawn. Hey, terry. Reporter: Hey, George. The pope is going to arrive here at the white house to a lot of pomp and circumstance and pageantry for a man who we pointed out prefers simplicity but he and president Obama share a lot on their agenda and, in fact, the president is hoping the pope can boost his agenda. It was a moment to remember, the pope's plane shepherd one it's been dubbed touched down. The honor guard and the flags, the president and the vice president and their families and a crowd that let out a very American cheer. All: Hey, hey, welcome to the usa. Reporter: Then Francis stepped out removed his sue ket that before it blew away and came down the stairs to a warm greeting from president Obama. Your holiness, it is so nice Good morning, America. Pope Francis in America. Touching down for hisis hcrito sit,vireet gedy bdentsi Obama. Welcome. Ceredhe byusho tandsin L G ins hirc toromoute. A busy day ahead. Stops house, the Na onalti thl,edcara unprecedityry eve step of the way. We are there live. All the extraordinary events as they unfdol staingrt right now on "Gma." Fatal flood. The Reporter: Some people think I'm a bit leftist. I am certain I have not said one thing not within the doctrine. He will chart his own course and one more thing, he's generous on the flight over here, Francis sent back some of the special papal lasagna he gets served and it was good, George. I'll bet it was, terry. Thanks very much.

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