People were asked to record messages for her by addressing a portrait. She and Fallon watched on a monitor out of sight.
“Because of you, I know that my race does not define who I am, or what I can accomplish,” said one person.
“Thank you for making me a more confident woman,” said another.
Obama then came out from behind a curtain, surprising the people sending the messages. Some were in tears as she hugged them.
But that wasn’t all that Obama did in her “Tonight Show” appearance. She and Fallon also wrote “thank you” notes while sitting at Fallon’s desk.
Obama was joined on the show by numerous celebrity guests including Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld and Stevie Wonder, the musical guest.
Wonder serenaded Obama by playing, “Isn’t She Lovely.”