Day One of Pope coverage is just about over and it was one heck of a day. It started at 4 a.m. and didn't stop until I was at the Grand Hyatt in downtown D.C. I've been working out of our D.C. bureau where some amazingly cool people hang their hat.
Our guys there gave me a grand tour --- that included standing next to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas. I got to watch her purse for about five seconds just before she delivered a press briefing. We also passed by California Senator Barbara Boxer on her way to a meeting and saw Senator Ted Kennedy waxing poetically about Boston University's hockey team. He was the only guy in the senate chamber.
The Fox bureau in DC is an electric place -- lots of stuff going on and just fine, fine people working there.
So here was my basic schedule --- up at 4 a.m. and on the Q Train by 5 a.m. From there I poppped into 1211 (the Fox News Corner of the World) to pick up my gear. My driver showed up around 6:30 a.m. and we were off to the LaGuardia. I boarded the Delta Shuttle at 8:30 and I drifted off to sleep around 8:31.
By 9:30 we were in the air. From there, it was a mad dash to get a taxi and find the DC bureau. After a brief tour of the capital, I made the trek to Catholic University -- interviewed a boatload of people -- and made it back to the bureau just in time for our anchored coverage of the pope's arrival. It's been a crazy day!
I've included some photos from the Basilica --- it's simply breathtaking. And the Catholic University campus is absolutely beautiful.