Michelle Obama gave an emotional farewell speech on Friday, mainly addressing the young people of America. She shared a message of hope that brought tears to her eyes.
“I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong,” Michelle said. “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.”
Her final speech was part of the ceremony Michelle started back in 20015, which honors high school counselors who have demonstrated leadership skills. It’s part of her “Reach Higher” program to promote higher education.
Now, two years later, she stands and in the same stage thanking them and thanking everyone for allowing her to be our first lady. “Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope I’ve made you proud.”
Michelle will be missed greatly. She, alongside President Obama, have done so much for this country and for the future of the children of this country.
In her time at the White House, Michelle has championed education, fitness, and military families, often using the East Room or the South Lawn to speak out on her chosen topics.
“You know, there are little … moments,” she told Vogue in November. “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.”
Her final speech was full of emotion. You can watch the whole speech below.