Saying goodbye

Michelle Obama leaves White House staffers ‘in tears’ with heartfelt thank you speech

First lady Michelle Obama. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

Michelle Obama, in her final days as the nation’s first lady, held her last holiday party for White House East Wing staffers this week, and according to multiple reports, things got emotional. The event began at We The Pizza, a Capitol Hill eatery owned by former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn. After the initial dinner, the party moved to another nearby spot owned by Mendelsohn and continued late into the night. That’s where the FLOTUS took the opportunity to give a ‘thank you’ speech to those she’s worked closely with over the last eight years. Details on what exactly Obama said are very scant. According to separate anonymous sources that spoke to The Hill and The Washington Post, whatever the first lady said turned out to be poignant and touching because her remarks ‘left everyone in tears.’

Of course, none of that is surprising — Obama certainly has a way with words, a skill on prominent display when she campaigned for Hillary Clinton earlier this year, and she seems to be feeling contemplative about leaving the White House. She appears on the cover of the December issue of Vogue magazine, and in the accompanying interview, she struck a wistful tone when discussing her family’s impending departure from the White House. “You know, there are little . . . moments. Even today I was looking out at this view here. Looking out on the South Lawn and the Washington Monument and it had just rained and the grass was really green and everything popped a little bit more. It’s soooo beautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want. But on the flip side …  it’s time,” she told the magazine.

Read the full story at The International Business Times.


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