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The stars of Bush's inauguration have scars

Dogs, he said, were occasionally stuffed with explosives, and posed on the highway to look like roadkill.

But hitting the kid, whom Bain knocked out cold, broke him down. "I told my guys not to let the kids near us," he said. " 'Why?' they asked.' " Bain said he'd heard rumors that children were being paid to carry explosives. " 'Because I don't want to get killed here, and I don't want you getting killed here.' "

Bain said if he gets to talk to Bush at one of the receptions this week, which he thinks might happen, he would first ask the commander in chief for one of his special president's coins, to add to his military coin collection, which numbers in the hundreds.

Chris Bain, a veteran of the war in Iraq, hopes to meet President Bush on Inauguration Day.
photo: Jay Muhlin
Chris Bain, a veteran of the war in Iraq, hopes to meet President Bush on Inauguration Day.

"Then," Bain said, "I would ask the president how else I could be of service to him."

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