My parents and grandparents told stories about listening to President Roosevelt on the radio in the 1930s and 1940s. He sounded like someone who knew who we were, my father said, and what we were going through.
I felt that when President Obama ran for the office in 2008. He was willing to say a few things that recognized I existed, and what my life was like, for good and ill.
And I'm grateful that he did it again tonight, again, with just a few simple words as he described a vision of the future.
"It’s the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is, and the father whose love for that son overrides everything he’s been taught."