The first question of the debate was about how the rhetoric of this campaign has affected children. But it was the last question that could serve as a teaching moment for kids.
The candidates were asked by Karl Becker, an undecided voter, to name something they admired in the other. And they were able to do it.
Clinton commended Trump for raising devoted children. Trump praised Clinton for being a fighter who never gives up. Then the two shook hands, which they didn’t do before the debate began.
These two people loathe each other. That much was clear from watching their body language during the whole exchange. Still, even they were able to find something kind to say about the other.
Judging by Twitter, Becker’s effort was much appreciated:
It’s easy to fixate on people’s negative traits. There’s something in human nature that picks out flaws easier than virtues.
But what Clinton and Trump showed us Sunday night is that you really can find the good in everyone if you try.
(This post has been updated.)