Watch: Michelle Obama Tearfully Delivers Emotional Final Speech as First Lady

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06:  U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks honoring the 2017 School Counselor of the Year and counselors from across the country in the East Room of the White House January 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. These were the last public remarks by the first lady during her husband Barack Obama's presidency.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Watch: Michelle Obama Tearfully Delivers Emotional Final Speech as First Lady

Audience members cried as she said, "I hope I made you proud."

Published January 6, 2017

  1. On Friday, Michelle Obama spoke to high school counselors and delivered her final address as first lady

    As she spoke at the White House event honoring the 2017 School Counselor of the Year, part of her Reach Higher initiative to promote post-secondary education, the first lady offered words of encouragement. 

    “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,” she told the room full of school counselors. “Lead by example with hope, never fear, and know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life.”

    As the first lady tearfully concluded her remarks, she thanked everyone for the honor it has been to serve us.

    “I want to close today by simply saying thank you,” she said, holding back tears. “Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud.”

  2. After a part of speech was posted online, many agreed that she did way more than make us proud
  3. Even non-democrats could not help but become emotional by the power of her words
  4. Which in turn inspired a long thread of compliments directed towards the first lady
  5. First Lady Michelle Obama, your class, style, and grace will be missed more than words can describe

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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