Michelle Obama Inspires Educators in First Big Speech Since Leaving White House

“This particular is actually what back looks like.”

Michelle Obama gave her first major speech since leaving the White House at the Kennedy Center for the School Counselor of the Year ceremony, a collaboration between the American School Counselor Association as well as part of her Reach Higher initiative for higher education.

The former first lady began her speech by declaring that will she’s officially “back,” before graciously thanking the counselors as well as educators for  “transforming the lives of young people across the country,” especially in today’s climate. 

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“Trust me, I know This particular work isn’t easy, especially right at This particular point,” she explained. “I know there’s a lot of anxiety out there. as well as there’s no denying our kids, what they see on TV, the kind of behavior being modeled in public life, that will, yes, impacts their behavior as well as their character.”

“yet at times like This particular, the work that will you all are doing is actually even more urgent. Even more critically important. You all develop the power to teach kids what the idea means to go high when others go low,” Obama continued, repeating her famous words via her 2016 speech at the Democratic National Convention — as well as presenting the 2018 ASCA School Counselor of the Year award to Kirsten Perry.

Obama sat down for her first television interview since leaving the White House when she stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday. See highlights via her interview inside the video below. 

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