This time, Michelle Obama got to say her goodbyes.
With barely a week left in office, the First Lady joined Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday night to talk about leaving the White House.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that emotional,” she told the TV host. “It’s been surprisingly emotional for all of us in ways that we didn’t expect.”
Speaking about what comes next, the First Lady said she was worried about children's futures.
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“When I think about the fact that some of them are afraid about what’s to come. I don’t want them to be afraid. I want them to embrace the future and know that the world is getting better," she said. "We have bumps in the road, we have ups and downs. But I want our kids to move forward, I don’t care where they come from, with strength and with hope.”
Obama offered her support to the incoming Trump family, including Melania and Ivanka, with the transition.
“This democracy is not about party. We’re all trying to get things done,” she told Fallon. “We’re going to be supportive to the Trump administration for as much as we can be.”
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As for the initiatives she’d put in place over the last four years, the First Lady said she intends to stay involved “as long as I live.”
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She specifically picked out her school lunch program as an approach that she wants to outlive the Obama presidency.
“I hope it does not get touched because that makes sense,” she said pointedly.
Fallon also had “regular people” bid farewell to a portrait of the First Lady before revealing that she was standing behind a curtain listening.
Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld joined the show for a game of Catchphrase and Stevie Wonder came in for a performance of “Isn’t She Lovely” and "My Cherie Amour" dedicated to Obama.
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Obama’s final late show appearance as sitting first lady came just a day after her husband’s final speech, a message of hope in Chicago.
In the farewell address, the President thanked his wife for taking on “a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and with grit and with style and with good humor.”
“You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody,” he said. “And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You have made me proud and you have made the country prouder.”Send a Letter to the Editor