Look, we live in a celebrity culture and sometimes you get caught in the wave and the buzz and a lot of it’s flattering but, you know, one of the things that I try to remind people of is, is that I was in politics as a state senator operating in obscurity for many years. Before that I was a community organizer working in low income communities in Chicago and nobody knew my name then. And so, having involved myself in public service for a pretty long time without getting too much attention, hopefully I can keep some of the attention that I’m getting now in perspective.
BARACK OBAMA, Larry King Live, Oct. 19, 2006
“Look how important I am now! Pay attention to MEEEEEEEEE!… unless I’m doing something wrong, in which case – LOOK! SQUIRREL!”