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Michelle Obama Says She's Officially 'Back' In First Major Speech Since Leaving White House

Michelle Obama is officially back!

The 54-year-old former First Lady stepped out at the School Counselor of Year ceremony on Friday (February 2) at The Kennedy Center in New York City.

Michelle took to the stage to give her first major speech since leaving the White House last year and declared that she’s officially “back.”

She also thanked educators and counselors who help to transform “the lives of young people across the country.”

“Trust me, I know this work isn’t easy, especially right now. I know there’s a lot of anxiety out there. And there’s no denying our kids, what they see on TV, the kind of behavior being modeled in public life, that, yes, impacts their behavior and their character,” Michelle said.

She added, “But at times like this, the work that you all are doing is even more urgent. Even more critically important. You all have the power to teach kids what it means to go high when others go low.”

Later, Kirsten Perry was awarded Counselor of the Year.

FYI: Michelle is wearing Rodarte.

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Michelle Obama Opens Up About Life After the White House in First TV Interview Since Leaving - Watch Now!

Michelle Obama is opening up about life after the White House!

The Former First Lady appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (February 1).

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During her appearance, which was also her first since leaving the White House, Michelle discussed life a year after she and former President Barack Obama left office.

She also talks about their new home, and how her daughter Sasha scored the best room in the house. Plus, she gushed about her favorite store: CVS!

Michelle opened up about the current direction of the country, and encouraged Americans to continue to be an open-hearted nation.

Watch below!

Michelle Obama Talks Post-White House Life and Inauguration Awkwardness with Birthday Girl Ellen

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Michelle Obama Reveals What the Trumps Gifted Her on Inauguration Day 2017

Michelle Obama has given her first post-White House interview to Ellen DeGeneres and she’s finally opening up about what the Trumps gave to her and Barack on the day of the inauguration one year ago.

When the Trumps arrived at the White House on the morning of the inauguration, Melania handed Michelle a blue Tiffany’s box, which we now know contained a frame.

“It was a lovely frame,” Michelle said.

“Well, there’s all this protocol,” Michelle added while explaining what happened in that moment. “I mean, this is like a state visit, so they tell you that you’re going to do this, they’re going to stand here. Never before do you get this gift, so I’m sort of like okay… What am I supposed to do with this gift?”

“And everyone cleared out and no one would come and take the box. And I’m thinking do we take the picture with…? And then my husband saved the day – see he grabbed the box and took it back inside,” she added. “But everybody cleared out. No staff, no one. I was like what do you do with the box?”

Catch the full interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (February 1).

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Michelle Obama & Jennifer Aniston Join Ellen for 60th Birthday Celebration!

Ellen DeGeneres‘ 60th birthday celebration on The Ellen Show is going to be a jam-packed, epic episode!

Jennifer Aniston and Michelle Obama are both set to appear this week in Ellen‘s two hour celebration, airing on Thursday (February 1) and Friday (February 2).

In addition, there will be more celeb guests, including those who have participated in Ellen‘s #OneMillionActsOfGood campaign, in partnership with Cheerios. Ellen will also be doing her biggest giveaway in 15 seasons!

Be sure to tune in for The Ellen Show, airing later this week!

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The Obamas Just Congratulated Prince Harry & Meghan Markle on Their Engagement!

Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have sent their congratulations to Prince Harry on his engagement to actress and activist Meghan Markle!

“Michelle and I are delighted to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their engagement. We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together,” Barack wrote in a tweet on Monday afternoon (November 27).

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Harry has had a great relationship with the Obamas over the years and they have teamed up on several causes, including the Invictus Games.