For eight years the United States of America had the Obamas as their First family. As the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled for Friday, January 20 it is, however, time for the current POTUS Barack Obama and FLOTUS Michelle Obama to say their goodbyes.
As the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled for Friday, January 20 it is, however, time for the current POTUS Barack Obama and FLOTUS Michelle Obama to say their goodbyes.
The FLOTUS Michelle Obama on January 6 delivered her final speech at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year Event. It was an emotional goodbye that saw her signing off with the words;
“Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud.”
By this time, FLOTUS Michelle Obama was speaking through tears but the emotional nature of the speech did not stop her from dropping some gems through the course of the speech.
Here are eight inspiring things FLOTUS Michelle Obama said in her final speech;
- “If your family doesn’t have much money, I want you to remember that in this country, plenty of folks, including me and my husband, we started out with very little. But with a lot of hard work and a good education, anything is possible—even becoming President.”
- “You see, our glorious diversity—our diversity of faiths, and colors and creeds―that is not a threat to who we are, it makes us who we are.”
- “And you have a right to be exactly who you are. But I also want to be very clear: this right isn’t just handed to you. No, this right has to be earned every single day. You cannot take your freedoms for granted.”
- “And when you encounter obstacles—because I guarantee you, you will, and many of you already have—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 of 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.”
- “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 in the life of this country.”
- “Our hope that if we work hard enough and believe in ourselves, then we can be whatever we dream, regardless of the limitations that others may place on us.”
- “I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid—you hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”
- “Empower yourselves 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.”