Michelle Obama gives her final remarks as first lady in an emotional speech at the White House.
“We’re almost at the end,” Obama began, speaking at an event that recognized the 2017 school counselor of the year. “May I say for the last time officially, welcome to the White House!”
“If your family doesn’t have much money, I want you to remember that in this country, plenty of folks, including me and my husband — we started out with very little,” she said. “But with a lot of hard work and a good education, anything is possible, even becoming president. That’s what the American dream is all about.”
“This country belongs to you, to all of you, from every background and walk of life,” Obama said. “Our glorious diversity, our diversities of faiths and colors and creeds — that is not a threat to who we are. It makes us who we are.”
She added that “the power of hope” was the message her family believed in over the past eight years.
“Something better is always possible if you’re willing to work for it and fight for it,” she proclaimed. “That’s my final message to young people as first lady. It is simple.”
“Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered,” she said. “Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. 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.”
“Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud,” she said.
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