John Kerry just walked onto the West front of the Capitol and checked out the stage where he won't be sworn in. As he looked out across the Capitol Mall, he spotted a group of high school girls watching him from below. He smiled and waved, then shouted out "Who'd you vote for?
The girls shouted back that they weren't old enough to vote yet, and Kerry said, "We'll have to change that." The girls just laughed. They're from Hattiesburg, Miss., and their front-row seats came courtesy of inaugural chairman and Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott. "Read the stickers on our shirts, sucker," one of the girls grumbled. Kerry couldn't have made out the small type from where he stood, but the message was clear enough up close: "Luv ya, Dubya."
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.