After all, never having to pay for things out of your own pocket is far from the only perk that separates these people from the rest of us. Career politicians can go decades without driving their own cars, for example -- to the point that they eventually forget how. "When [California] Governor Gray Davis was ousted, the CHP and his security detail had to teach him how to drive again, and how to pump his own gas, all before he left office. There's a hidden DMV inside the state capitol. It's unmarked, and it has screwy hours, and technically anyone in the public can go to it, but good luck going in. So they don't even have to stand in line at the DMV."
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Standing in line at the DMV may be the only thing that binds the rest of us together.
So, yeah, spend a couple of decades at the heights of power and you'll forget how to do even the most basic tasks. In other words, you forget what everyday life is like for a normal person. Like they were frozen in a glacier and now have to return to a world that is new and strange to them.
"When my boss left for the private sector he'd forgotten how to do stuff like budget time for parking. He couldn't conduct business when he was driving anymore, there was no personal assistant to organize his son's birthday party or get an authorization letter to travel internationally because he'd forgotten his passport or to call an exterminator because raccoons had taken up residence in his attic. ... I had my boss call me late at night from across the country. He was in New York and broke out with shingles. He needed me to find him a clinic because he couldn't manage to Google it himself."
"I just keep getting pictures of roofs!"