Very Down on the Farm

The President goes to Iowa, bearing good cheer

As presidential fence-mending trips go, the visit to Donald Dee's place last week was picture perfect. Alighting from he U.S. Marine helicopter in sweltering 90° heat, Ronald Reagan strode accross the front yard of Dee's 500-acre hog farm in central Iowa and shook hands with his smiling host. The President headed for the farmyard, where he gingerly scratched the ear of Shank, an 800-lb. boar freshly scrubbed for the occasion. Then he and his Agriculture Secretary, John Block, perched themselves on a picnic table and chatted amiably...

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