THE PRESIDENCY: The Farmer in the Dell

A cluster of reporters stood behind the big off-white barn one afternoon last week and watched while Irvington Roamiss Pear, a purebred Holstein heifer, got a thorough grooming. While they were watching the ceremonious cleanup, a hired man—or what most of the reporters at first took to be a hired man—ambled up to see what was going on. He was dressed in blue slacks, a blue denim sports shirt, white rubber-soled shoes, and a floppy Panama straw hat with its brim set at a rakish angle. In a quick doubletake, the reporters recognized the nation's best-known part-time farmer. After greeting...

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