Michelle Obama gave her final White House remarks in an emotional speech Friday, thanking her supporters and saying, “being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope I’ve made you proud.”
Speaking to a group of school Counselors exactly two weeks before Donald Trump will be sworn in, Obama said America is defined by its diversity.
“That is not a threat to who we are,” she said. “It makes us who we are.”
She also had a word for the nation’s youth.
“I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong,” Obama said, her voice breaking at times. “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.”