Michelle Obama calls herself 'forever first lady' in speech to students
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Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaDecember sales cement best-seller status for Michelle Obama's book: report De Niro: Democrats 'have to be more aggressive' Obama: 'New blood' is needed among political leaders MORE told thousands of high school students Wednesday that, as the "forever first lady," she and the country are counting on them to be successful.

“We need you all to be successful,” Obama said during her keynote address at a College Signing Day event at Temple University, according to Philly Voice.

Obama told the crowd that she was once afraid to leave her home in Chicago to attend Princeton University, but that being afraid of the next steps is normal.


“We have such high hopes for you. See, I am not one of those doubters. I know that you have everything it takes to succeed,” Obama reportedly said. “I know you are me, and if I can be standing here as your forever first lady, then you can do anything you put your mind to.”

The crowd burst into applause at the line, according to NTK Network.

Thousands of students attended the event at Temple to declare their post-high school plans. Celebrities like Bradley Cooper and Questlove were also at the event.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Obama has marked College Signing Day. She headlined the event last year just months after leaving the White House.

“I might not live in the White House anymore,” she said at last year's event, “but Barack and I are gonna keep on celebrating you all and supporting you and lifting you up no matter what house we live in.”