They also had about them the indescribable air of rather aggressive assurance which belongs especially to highly-paid servants, men and women.
F. Marion Crawford - The Primadonna (1907)
As we have seen over the past year, high-profile government experts tend to be like this, they have that particular brand of assurance. We don’t pay their salaries except in a very indirect and involuntary sense, so they are not our servants. Our interests are not necessarily theirs.