On Monday night, Michelle Obama used an Oprah Winfrey special to say "farewell to the White House." The much anticipated interview featured talk of Trump, gun violence, and Mrs. Obama's (absent) ambitions for president. But she also shared a poignant message for all the young girls who look up to her. Her message? "I'm pretty smart." It's okay to show it.

"We as women, we as minorities... we underestimate ourselves," said Obama. "I'm pretty smart. I work pretty hard. I'm good at what I do. I have really good instincts. I have great ideas. And I can execute. And I say that out loud because we as women don't pat ourselves on the back."


"We're always sort of deferring. We cede our power so easily. And I want young girls out there to know, look—"

At this point, Oprah interjected: "LIVE OUT LOUD."

"Live out loud," agreed Obama. "And understand that what's in your brain is really useful. Do not hide it. Don't dumb it down. Don't apologize for it. Just put it on the table and let people deal with it."

She also shared her biggest regret with Oprah: gun violence.


And no, again, Michelle Obama's not running for office.

We'll talk again in 2020.