"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.