In her last speech as First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama choked up as she gave young people valuable parting advice for the future.
“I want our young people to know that they matter — that they belong,” Obama said as her voice quavered. “So don’t be afraid. Young people, do you hear me? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education.”
Obama also spoke openly of the value of diversity, and encouraged her audience to celebrate immigration to America to seek a better life not as something to be ashamed of, but as something of great value.
“This country belongs to you — to all of you, from every background and walk of life. 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 said.
Obama gave her comments to an assembled group of public school counselors, with each state’s counselor of the year present. She dedicated her speech to Counselor of the Year Terri Tchorzynski, putting an emotional cap on eight years in office in which the First Lady dedicated her time in the White House toward children’s initiatives, particularly advocating for good nutrition and ending childhood obesity.
“I think of no better way to end my time as first lady,” a tearful Obama said.
Watch the emotional moment of her speech in the video below:
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.