From a New York Times profile on quotes Obama:
“I love when I’m shaking hands on a rope line and”— he mimes the motion, hand over hand — “I see little old white ladies and big burly black guys and Latino girls and all their hands are entwining. They’re feeding on each other as much as on me.”He shrugs; it’s that distancing eye of the author.
“It’s like I’m just the excuse.”
regardless of whether it’s put-on humility—there’s something in there to meditate on a bit, I think.