U.S. Senator John Kerry had a cup of Mean Bean coffee and spoke to an audience of about 30 people on May 20 in the downtown coffee shop's second-floor meeting space.
After delivering the commencement address at Kenyon College, Kerry visited Delaware, where he spoke for some 15 minutes about prescription drugs, health care, the war in Iraq, fair trade, gas prices, and other issues facing the U.S.
Ohio Wesleyan University professor of fine arts Cynthia Cetlin was checking out the Delaware Arts Festival when she saw the crowd forming at the Mean Bean's back door.
"And then I saw his head, because he's so tall," Cetlin says.
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