I love this photo by Time photographer Callie Shell. Barack Obama is often portrayed by his supporters as some kind of mythical figure; I like that this photo (and others) show that he’s just a guy — although I have to say, most people I know don’t bother to clean up after themselves, even without an entourage.
I loved that he cleaned up after himself before leaving an ice cream shop in Wapello, Iowa. He didn’t have to. The event was over and the press had left. He is used to taking care of things himself and I think this is one of the qualities that makes Obama different from so many other political candidates I’ve encountered. Nov. 7, 2007.