I am watching the Pope’s arrival ceremony at the White House on C-SPAN.  Many senators and congressional types, dignitaries and bishops are there. But apparently they also opened the gates to crowds of general papist riff-raff.  The White House lawn is totally full. There was exuberant cheering, shouting and … best of all… during a pause in the ceremony, the crowd took advantage of their opportunity and broke out into a spontaneous, cacophonous round of “Happy birthday to you!”
God bless America!