The Washington Times - August 16, 2011, 04:31PM

President Obama told Iowans Tuesday that his bus tour of the Midwest is restoring his mental outlook after contentious debt negotiations with congressional Republicans.

“Sometimes there are days in Washington that will drive you crazy,” Mr. Obama told an audience in Peosta, Iowa. “You’re what gives me strength.

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“When I’m driving down those little towns in my big bus, we slow down and I’m standing in the front waving, I’m seeing little kids with American flags, grandparents in their lawn chairs, folks outside of a machine shop, passing churches and cemeteries, corner stores and farms, I’m reminded about why I wanted to get into public service in the first place,” Mr. Obama said.

“Getting out of Washington and meeting all of you … just makes me that much more determined to serve you as best I can as president of the United States.”