Shepherd 1 has landed at Andrews Air Force Base (AP photo).
The Pope's itinerary is here.
A program for the public events, including liturgy for Vespers at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and Masses at Nationals Park and Yankee Stadium, is here.
"Doesn't the fact that Bush is literally 'picking Benedict up' at the airport say something unusual?" emails The Anchoress:
It's never been done before. I get the sense that Bush wants to be in his presence for as long as he possibly can. And I really am starting to believe he will convert when he leaves office.
"The culture war is a war of ideas and images. The imminent images -- touchdown about a half hour away! -- of President and Mrs. Bush welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to the land of the free and the home of the brave will travel all the way around the world before the big lie has a chance to put its pants on."