It was hard to miss Desiree Fairooz and Medea Benjamin among the thousands of VIPs in the front seating section: they were dressed all in pink as demonstrators for -- you guessed it -- Code Pink.

To evade security rules against signs, both women held aloft blankets written with messages urging President-elect Obama to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq.

While the group is often known for its boisterous protests, both women said they felt they were among friendly company Tuesday.

"People are saying things like 'yes we can' and 'yes we should,' said Fairooz, of Arlington, Tx.

"One man said, 'We already did.'"

-J. Taylor Rushing