does "observing" mean "Johnson look at bales?"
Afterward Liz's ingenuity was much admired. In fact, her presence had been pure luck, which was true of everyone there except the Johnsons, their bodyguards, and Ira Gearhart, who forced himself and his bag into a policeman's lap. Cecil Stoughton was to play a memorable role during the administration of the oath, but he was there for the ceremony only by chance. Stoughton had been among those who were holding telephone receivers for Art Bales. Johnson walked right past him with his long lunging stride, the big hands swinging, and observing Bales in the entourage, Stoughton asked, "Where's he going?" "The President," Bales hissed, "is going to Washington."