We only have the Obamas in the White House for two more weeks (SOB!), but they are going out on a high note after high note. FLOTUS Michelle Obama has been one of the most elegant, gracious and strong First Ladies we’ve ever had in this country, and it appears that her now-famous “When they go low, we go high,” is a saying she takes to heart. Besides being a fashion icon, Michelle Obama is an eloquent speaker, and we have always loved listening to her. While we’ll probably never see FLOTUS become POTUS, we’ll continue to stand for her in whatever form her life takes post White House, especially if she continues to have us in tears over her heartfelt words.
In her final speech, Michelle is honoring the 2017 School Councillor of the Year, a program she started as part of her “Reach Higher” initiative. In a room full of educators and celebrities, Michelle is inspiring and as poised as ever. It’s near the end of the 21 minute speech (which you should really watch in full; trust us), when she gets emotional and brings us along for her poignant words.
When Michelle starts to cry (and when we were crying) is when she starts talking directly to America’s youth. She says, “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 your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear.” She ends her speech thanking us for her years as FLOTUS, adding, “Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud.”
More proud than we’ll ever be able to express, Mrs. Obama. Thank you!
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