With Donald Trump’s inauguration only two weeks away, the Obamas are thanking the American people as they count down their final days in the White House.
On Friday, Michelle Obama delivered an emotional and touching message while holding back tears during her final speech as First Lady of the United States. “For all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you, to all of you, from every background and walk of life,” she said. “If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition, the infusion of new cultures, talents and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on Earth.”
Obama continued by echoing her husband Barack Obama’s familiar message of hope, which helped him seal the U.S. election back in 2008. “When you are struggling and you start thinking about giving up, I want you to remember something that my husband and I have talked about since we first started this journey nearly a decade ago, something that has carried us through every moment in this White House and every moment in our lives. And that is the power of hope, the belief that something better is always possible if you’re willing to work for it and fight for it,” she added.
Obama took to the White House podium looking as elegant as ever in a minimal, rust-coloured dress that featured a triangle-shaped keyhole. Her speech, which brought many around her to tears, also saw her choking back tears as she wrapped up. “I want to close today by simply saying thank you,” she concluded. “Being your First Lady has been the greatest honour of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud.”
Friday’s event paid tribute to the 2017 School Counsellor of the Year.