The Washington Times - January 20, 2009, 10:17AM

You know things have changed in Washington when Code Pink gets seats up front at the inauguration.

Medea Benjamin, the group’s founder, and Desiree Fairooz, one of the group’s most visible members, are in Section 10, about 100 feet from the stage.

I asked if someone in Congress had given Medea her tickets. She just smiled and said, “We do have friends.”

Both women are wearing — what else? — all pink and carrying homemade signs made out of pink sheets.

Obama, lead us out of Iraq,” says Medea’s sign.


Desiree’s says, “Yes we can, can end the wars.”

- Jon Ward, White House reporter