President Barack Obama bid the country farewell a couple of days ago from his adopted hometown of Chicago. However, last night, First Lady Michelle Obama got her opportunity to deliver her parting words to the country while appearing on The Tonight Show. 

Much of the episode focused on the First Lady as she said goodbye to her loyal supporters, wrote Thank You notes to her husband and successful initiatives and even played a game alongside host Jimmy Fallon, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld – the latter even gave her a opportunity to remind everyone she was on the cover of Vogue.

“I didn’t think it was going to be that emotional,” she told Fallon. “It’s been surprisingly emotional for all of us in ways that we didn’t expect.”

She went on to give words of hope and perseverance to all who are cautious of the looming presidency.

“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.”

She also took a separate moment to give her mother, who helped raise Sasha and Malia, a special thanks.

With only eight days left – breathe, it’ll be okay – the First Family is hopefully taking it easy as they step back into civilian life.

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