The President headed west from Washington on his 5,284-mile congressional-election tour in such a cheerful, eupeptic and thoroughly nonpolitical mood that one reporter called it a "Give 'Em Hello Campaign." His first stop: the National Corn Picking Contest on the 400-acre Lumir Dostal Farm, ten miles northeast of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. There he stood up before a sea of 85,000 or more farmers, a tremendous forum for a campaign opener, got off to a sharp start when he proclaimed that realized net farm income was up 20% over last year and per-capita farm income was the highest ever.

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