In her final speech as First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama became visibly emotional as she singled out immigrants, Muslims and gays angry that Donald Trump will be her husband’s successor.
“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 said through tears. “Know that 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 . . . that has made us the greatest country on Earth.”
Coincidentally, this comes on the heels of news that Donald Trump is rapidly moving forward with his campaign promise to construct a massive border wall that will cut illegal immigration down substantially.
Religious diversity is “not a threat to who we are,” added Mrs. Obama, “it makes us who we are.” An ironic statement, considering her assault on Christianity over the better part of the last decade.
“Whether you are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh . . . I want our young people to continue to learn and practice those values with pride,” she said.
“No matter where they’re from, no matter 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.”
According to McClatchyDC, Michelle Obama made her remarks at a White House event honoring the 2017 school counselor of the year, a tradition she started in 2015.
“Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life. And I hope I’ve made you proud,” the outgoing First Lady concluded.
She received a standing ovation from an audience that included Education Secretary John King, his predecessor Arne Duncan, actress Connie Britton, TV host Andy Cohen, and music artists Usher and Kelly Rowland.