Pope Francis waves from the top of the stairs of his plane at the airport in Santiago, Cuba, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2015. Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Cuba Tuesday by celebrating Mass at the country’s most revered shrine and giving a pep talk with families before flying north to Washington for the start of his U.S. tour. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)
September 22, 2015 |WASHINGTON — The latest developments in Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. All times local:
Pope Francis is eschewing a fancy limousine in favor of a more modest ride.
A few minutes after his plane touched down at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, Francis emerged from the airport terminal along with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. He got into the backseat of a small, black Fiat — then promptly rolled the windows down, allowing him to look out and smile at the watching crowds.
It’s a sight you wouldn’t see in Obama’s motorcade. The president traditionally keeps the windows in his limousine rolled up for security reasons.
Seconds later, the pope’s car began rolling away. The pope offered a final wave before departing.
Outside the terminal, many in the crowd cheered a jubilant, “Ho, Ho, Hey, Hey, Welcome to the USA.”