Michelle Obama gave her final address as First Lady Friday afternoon. Speaking from the White House, Ms. Obama fought back tears while telling her supporters, “being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud.”
“I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of you boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear.”
First Lady Michelle Obama
Ms. Obama’s farewell remarks were given at an event honoring the 2017 School Counselor of the Year, a ceremony initiated by the First Lady in 2015 as part of her “Reach Higher” program that promotes higher education. The ceremony honors high school counselors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills.
During her time serving as First Lady, Obama has championed issues such as fitness, education and military families.
Back in November, Obama spoke to Vogue about what she will miss most about the White House.
“You know, there are little … moments. Even today, I was looking out at this view here. Looking out on the South Lawn and the Washington Monument and it had just rained and the grass was really green and everything popped a little bit more. It’s so beautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want.”
Obama’s final late night show appearance as First Lady will be on Wednesday night, when she appears on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”