Michelle Obama Gets Nostalgic as She Bids Farewell to White House: 'The Honor of a Lifetime'
She took to Instagram to thank Americans.
Outgoing first lady Michelle Obama has bid a fond farewell to the White House by posting photos and videos on Instagram accompanying messages to the nation.
In one image, she and the president embrace on the White House terrace, looking out at the Washington Monument.
She captioned it: "Being your first lady has been the honor of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."
The first lady also posted a video of her taking in the halls of the White House one last time with the family dogs – Bo and Sunny.
The images of her reflecting on her time in America’s most famous address come as she and her husband have been giving what some have called a “farewell tour.”
President Obama addressed the nation for the final time in Chicago last week. Days later, he honored Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tear-soaked ceremony.
On Wednesday, Obama appeared at the White House press briefing for the last time.
Earlier in the month, Mrs. Obama emotionally spoke at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year awards. She also appeared on The Tonight Show.
As the Obamas bid farewell to the place they have called home for eight years, their staff received a surprise concert from Bruce Springsteen last Thursday.
Rolling Stone and Springsteen-sanctioned fan site, Backstreets, reported that “The Boss” performed for the president and his staff inside the White House for a private and secret 15-song concert which featured tunes that reflected Obamas presidency.
He played to 250 people inside the White House’s East Room and featured songs “Land of Hope and Dreams” – which Obama used on the campaign trail in 2008 and 2012. It was also the song playing when he walked off the stage last Tuesday during his final address in Chicago.
The New Jersey singer, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November, dedicated “Tougher Than the Rest” to the first family.
The news of the “Born in the U.S.A.” singer's performance inside the White House comes as a Springsteen cover band, The B-Street Band, pulled out of Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The band’s manager and keyboardist, Will Forte, told Rolling Stone: "We had to make it known that we didn't want to seem disrespectful, in any way, shape or form, to Bruce and his music and his band.
“I don't want to upset them. We owe everything to him and our gratitude and respect to the band is imperative above all else. It became clear to us that this wasn't working and we just had to do what we thought was the right thing to do and that was to pull out."
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