Mr. Baker, who later said he received more comments on that speech than any he has given, told a story to illustrate his point. As The New York Times reported his remarks: "He also described his sense of the fleeting nature of power, which he said was driven home to him one day when he was riding to his job as chief of staff in his sleek black limousine. Near the White House he noticed a man walking down the street alone. 'He was someone many of you would have recognized -- a chief of staff in a previous administration,' said Mr. Baker. 'There he was, alone -- no reporters, no security, no adoring public, no trappings of power -- just one solitary man alone with his thoughts. That mental picture continually serves to remind me of the impermanence of power and place. That man had it all, but only for a time.'"