Yang does his usual opening: happy to see everyone, glad to be running for president and invited to the party, basking in the glory. Once he gets settled, he gives his spiel on universal basic income and automation, then lets three supporters take the floor. Yang sits back, nodding as a man named Alex relays how he and his wife filed for bankruptcy and moved in with his parents because of unexpected health care bills.
Yang occasionally interjects for clarification, but mostly gives a politician’s “I’m listening” nods. After the man finishes, Yang stands up and says, “Can I give you a hug, brother?”
It doesn’t seem rehearsed or hokey. Yang is plainly moved by the story and not afraid to seem vulnerable in front of cameras and fans. This is where he thrives.