John Kasich gives UGA student a hug that owns the Internet

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is greeted by supporters as he arrives to speak at a town hall at The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia, S.C. on Friday. AP/Andrew Harnik
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Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is greeted by supporters as he arrives to speak at a town hall at The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia, S.C. on Friday. AP/Andrew Harnik

Credit: Jim Galloway

Credit: Jim Galloway

On Thursday, Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich met a University of Georgia student with a story:

ExploreFrom the Washington Post:

"Over a year ago, a man who was like my second dad, he killed himself," Smith said, breaking up. "And then a few months later, my parents got a divorce, and then a few months later, my dad lost his job. I was in a really dark place for a long time, I was pretty depressed. I found hope in the Lord and in my friends and now I've found it in my presidential candidate that I support. And I would really appreciate one of those hugs you've been talking about."

For Kasich, the hug didn't look like an obligation — it looked like a privilege. The candidate's words of encouragement, almost-but-not-quite picked up by the microphone he held as he embraced Smith, were muffled. But the message was clear from the back-pats: Smith mattered.

Go ahead. Use the hanky.

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