Michelle Obama, our outgoing FLOTUS (yet always FLOTUS in our hearts), delivered her final speech as the First Lady. It was an emotional farewell, where she honed in on the nation’s young people, immigrants, Muslims and women. She was speaking to everyone who was feeling unrest about the impending administration when she stated:
“Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, or like you don’t have a place in our American story, because you do.”
This heartfelt message was part of a celebration for school counselors throughout the country. This annual event was in alignment with “college signing day”, where students are encouraged to pursue a higher education.
If we’re always shining the spotlight on professional athletes or recording artists or Hollywood celebrities, if those are the only achievements we celebrate, then why would we ever think kids would see college as a priority?”
The Obamas are both graduates of Harvard Law School, and are shining examples that anything is possible. On top of a good education, FLOTUS was very instrumental in advocating that young people advance into productive members of society – no matter the trials.
“It is our fundamental belief in the power of hope that has allowed us to rise above the voices of doubt and division, of anger and fear that we have faced in our own lives and the life of this country. Our hope that if we work hard enough and believe in ourselves, we can be whatever we dream, regardless of the limitations that others may place on us.”
“That’s my final message to young people as first lady. 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.”
President Barack Obama is scheduled to give his final farewell speech in Chicago on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, and we’re pretty sure there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
Thank you POTUS and FLOTUS.
View Michelle Obama’s entire speech: