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Michelle Obama leaves behind legacy of empathy and substance

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WATCH: Michelle Obama’s legacy – Jan 18, 2017

Just as her husband was wrapping up his final press briefing on Wednesday, Michelle Obama tweeted a new video of herself touring the White House, one last time.

As the United States bids its 44th president Barack Obama goodbye, it’s also saying farewell to Michelle Obama, a first lady who often outshone her husband and leaves behind a powerful legacy.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama set aside a career as a top lawyer and first stepped into the spotlight almost a decade ago—yet she did so reluctantly.

WATCH: Michelle Obama takes one last walk through White House

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Michelle Obama takes one last walk through White House – Jan 19, 2017

“Michelle never fully took to the scrutiny. I mean, she’s thrived as a first lady, but it’s not her preference,” President Obama recently told CBS’ 60 Minutes.

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Still, the first African-American “FLOTUS” would quickly step up to the challenge.

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“She completely embraced the role of first lady, found what a powerful platform that it was and used it to its full potential,” Anita McBride, former chief of staff to former first lady Laura Bush, told Global News.

WATCH: Michelle Obama gets emotional during her final speech as first lady

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‘I hope I’ve made you proud’: Michelle Obama gets emotional during her final speech as first lady – Jan 6, 2017

She leaves behind a fashion legacy — making style more accessible. “Accessibility” would also mark her time in the White House, her husband telling her at his farewell address she made their home “a place for everyone.”

While she cared for her two young daughters, the mom-in-chief would also fight hard for the country’s disadvantaged youth. She pushed for healthier lifestyles and launched her “Let Girls Learn” initiative.

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Michelle Obama embraced unconventional ways to get her message across — viral videos of the first lady include her breaking it down on Jimmy Fallon and joining in on a round of carpool karaoke.

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“She always says if I can make people laugh, I can make people listen,” said Peter Slevin, author of Michelle Obama: A Life. “She connected with people in ways no first lady ever had before.”

WATCH: First lady, Ryan Seacrest read The Night Before Christmas

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First Lady, Ryan Seacrest read ‘The Night Before Christmas’ – Dec 12, 2016

The first lady was also a big presence on the campaign trail, delivering some of the most memorable speeches of the cycle and going after Donald Trump with some pretty harsh language. Still, she made it clear her door would always be open to her successor, Melania Trump.

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What’s unclear is just what Michelle Obama will do next, but the work she’s done so far has certainly left a mark — she’s leaving the White House with higher approval ratings than her husband.