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May 22, 2014

Down at the diner

The morning of the day of President Barack Obama's visit to Cooperstown looks like any other at The Cooperstown Diner. Still, the patrons are very much aware the president's coming visit.

“I think it's a wonderful idea,” said Millie Jennings, when asked her thoughts on the president coming to town.

A lifelong resident of Cooperstown, Jennings still lives in the same house she was married in in 1950. Eating breakfast with her sister, Elizabeth O'Brien, Jennings said that she wasn't going to try to catch a glimpse of the president, as she wanted to avoid the crowd.

“We have enough tourism all summer long,” said Jennings. “I'll watch him go over in the helicopter.”

A couple of diner-goers who said they would try to see the president were husband and wife Emiel Karel and Gonneke Karel, who are visiting the United States from the Netherlands.

“We were planning to visit the (National Baseball) Hall of Fame,” said Emiel Karel, who said that since the HOF was closed, they would try to see the president.

The Karels said that they first visited the United States on their honeymoon, and that they try to visit every year.

“It's a beautiful country,” said Emiel Karel, who said that they were trying to see all of the states. Gonneke Karel said that they've seen 35 states so far.

As for why, as citizens of another country, they are interested in seeing the president, Emiel Karel said, “He's the most important man in the world.”

“It's quite exciting,” said Phil Erickson, who along with his father, John Erickson, stopped in at the diner before going to pick up their tickets for the president's speech. “It's been a little surprising that there's not as many people here.”

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