Via press release from the White House:
Be passionate in everything you do but always remember that violence is never the answer and will never be justified.
When I came to the White House, I reflected on the responsibility I have always felt as a mother to encourage, give strength, and teach values of kindness.
It is our duty as adults and parents to ensure that children have the best opportunities to lead fulfilling and healthy lives.
As I say farewell to my role as First Lady, it is my sincere hope that every American will do their part to teach our children what it means to Be Best.
I ask parents to educate your children about the courageous and selfless heroes who worked and sacrificed to make this country the land of the free. And to lead by example and care for others in your community.
The promise of this Nation belongs to all of us. Do not lose sight of your integrity and values. Use every opportunity to show consideration for another person and build good habits into your daily lives.
In all circumstances, I ask every American to be an ambassador of Be Best. To focus on what unites us. To rise above what divides us. To always choose love over hatred, peace over violence, and others before yourself.
Together, as one national family, we can continue to be the light of hope for future generations and carry on America’s legacy of raising our nation to greater heights through our spirit of courage, goodness and faith.
No words can express the depth of my gratitude for the privilege of having served as your First Lady.
To all the people of this country: You will be in my heart forever. Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.