Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Alben William Barkley (18771956)
I would relate to the crowds how I called on a certain rural constituent and was shocked to hear him say he was thinking of voting for my opponent. I reminded him of the many things I had done for him as prosecuting attorney, as county judge, as congressman, and senator. I recalled how I had helped get an access road built to his farm, how I had visited him in a military hospital in France when he was wounded in World War I, how I had assisted him in securing his veterans benefits, how I had arranged his loan from the Farm Credit Administration, how I had got him a disaster loan when the flood destroyed his home, etc., etc.
How can you think of voting for my opponent? I exhorted at the end of this long recital. Surely you remember all these things I have done for you?
Yeah, he said, I remember. But what in hell have you done for me lately?
ALBEN W. BARKLEY, That Reminds Me, p. 165 (1954).
Barkley first told this story during his 1938 campaign for renomination as Kentuckys Democratic candidate for the United States Senate.