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.