Celebrate Michelle Obama’s Birthday With Her Moving Final Speech As First Lady

Mobama turns 53.

Michelle Obama turns 53 today and though we could celebrate her special day by musing on her iconic fashion sense, her charming late night TV appearances, or her impactful social initiatives, we’ll focus instead on the last words she gifted us with as First Lady.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06:  U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks during a ceremony honoring the 2017 School Counselor of the Year in the East Room of the White House January 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. These were the last public remarks by the first lady during her husband Barack Obama's presidency.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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In an emotional address honoring the 2017 School Counselor of the Year, the First Lady spoke to one of her favorite demographics: young people. She emphasized the importance of getting a good education, maintaining poise in the face of obstacles, and not letting others determine where, or if, you belong.

“To the young people here and the young people out there, 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,” she stated. “You have the right to be exactly who you are.”

Choking up, Mrs. Obama thanked her supporters and delivered one last bit of wisdom to the group she promised she’d be “rooting for and working to support… for the rest of my life.”

“I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong,” she concluded. “Don’t be afraid. You hear me, young people? Be focused, be determined, be hopeful, be empowered… get out there and build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”

 

Texas native with a penchant for strong margaritas, early Babs and tastefully executed side-eye.