Monday, November 03, 2008

Obama Calls Deceased Grandmother "Quiet Hero" in Rainy Carolina

In his moving tribute to his grandmother on the eve of the election, Barack Obama expanded the relevance of his loss to the other "quiet heroes" in all walks of life:

I don't remember seeing Obama in a more stirringly human moment since he entered the race.

In an inside-out way I was reminded of Bobby Kennedy's Indianapolis speech the night that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Kennedy spoke out of his own personal loss of his brother 5 years before and the need to continue to work toward reconciliation in the midst of resentment and anger. Obama's discussion of his grandmother's death was also a call to a larger community out of personal loss to act on behalf of such ordinary people who make extraordinary sacrifices for the good of those who come after them.

It was a very touching moment that made me feel proud to be an Obama supporter.

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