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People Are Emotional After Michelle Obama's Last Speech As First Lady

"I hope I have made you proud."

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She pointed out that the Obama administration has made "the largest investment in higher education since the G.I. Bill."

She also spoke on the role of school counselors.

"These men and women show them that those kids matter," she said, "that they have something to offer. That no matter where they're from, or how much money their parents have, no matter what they look like, or who they love, or how they worship, or what language they speak at home, they have a place in this country."

Toward the end of her speech, Obama had a specific message for young people.

"Young people, don't be afraid." - Michelle Obama in her final speech as FLOTUS


"Thank you for everything you do for our kids and for our country, being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I have made you proud."

The whole speech is making a lot of people emotional.



So many people were ~crying.~

@BuzzFeed @andibohlman I'm not crying you're crying


@BuzzFeed @MichaelSkolnik Tears are flowing from so many millions of young people & women who will miss this strong & eloquent lady.

Seriously, SO. MANY.

@BuzzFeed I am the lady behind her crying 😭😭

Others thought of our incoming first lady, Melania Trump.

Goodbye, Mrs. Obama.

Remy Smidt is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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