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MICHELLE Obama was left tearyeyed af­ter Ste­vie Won­der ser­e­naded her with a med­ley of his great­est hits, singing “you’ll al­ways be First Lady in our minds”.

Mrs Obama ap­peared on The Tonight Show star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon on Wed­nes­day night in her fi­nal, pre-in­au­gu­ra­tion tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance.

The First Lady was emo­tional as Won­der ded­i­cated his mu­si­cal set to her with spe­cial ver­sions of his hit songs Isn’t She Lovely and My Cherie Amour.

“I love you Michelle,’ the mu­sic leg­end started off. ‘I must tell you, I wrote this song but I changed the words a lit­tle.

“My Michelle amour, lovely as a sum­mer day. My Michelle amour, as sweet as flow­ers bloom in May. My Michelle amour, you’re the only one that we adore,” he sang.

“You’ll al­ways be first lady in our minds.”

Fol­low­ing Won­der’s per­for­mance, he joined Fal­lon and Mrs Obama on the couch as he sang: “I’m hold­ing the First Lady’s hand, don’t tell the Pres­i­dent but I’m hold­ing the First Lady’s hand.”

Won­der told of the first time he met Barack Obama when he was run­ning for sen­a­tor.

“We talked about me do­ing a ben­e­fit for him. I said to him . . . let’s pray you be­come Pres­i­dent of the United States. Prayers do come true. That was a mag­i­cal mo­ment,” Won­der said.

“And to have a won­der­ful Queen as his wife,” he said of Michelle.

Mrs Obama re­called how she met her hus­band through their love of the mu­sic leg­end.

“That was pre­req­ui­site. He had to be able to play ball and he had to like Ste­vie Won­der,” she said.

In the hour-long episode, which was ded­i­cated mostly to Mrs Obama, she spoke about how emo­tional it was for her fam­ily as they pre­pare to leave the White House af­ter eight years.

“I feel like cry­ing right now,” she said. “It’s been sur­pris­ingly emo­tional for all of us in ways that we didn’t ex­pect.”

Michelle re­vealed that her el­dest daugh­ter Malia wanted to cry the whole way through her dad’s farewell ad­dress on Tues­day night, while youngest daugh­ter Sasha had to miss it be­cause of a fi­nal exam.

“Sorry, take your test - you can say good­bye later,” Mrs Obama joked of her daugh­ter miss­ing the mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion.

She added that she was avail­able to give ad­vice and sup­port to fu­ture first lady Me­la­nia Trump and her fam­ily for as long as they want it.

“This democ­racy is not about party. We’re all try­ing to get things done,” she said.

“I’m avail­able to Me­la­nia, to Ivanka so they get through this healthy. Fam­i­lies need to be pro­tected in this.”

She re­vealed the First Lady be­fore her, Laura Bush, was open to giv­ing ad­vice to her eight years ago and she wanted to do the same for the Trump fam­ily.

“It is not about de­mon­is­ing the other side,” Mrs Obama said. “We’re try­ing to em­u­late that de­cency. We’re go­ing to be sup­port­ive to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

She added: “We’ll be here to help them as much as they want to be helped.”

When she spoke about what was next for her af­ter leav­ing the White House, Michelle said she planned to stay in­volved in all of the ini­tia­tives she had put in place “as long as I live”.

Michelle specif­i­cally men­tioned her school lunch pro­gram as one of the ini­tia­tives she wants to see con­tinue with the change of govern­ment.

“I hope it does not get touched be­cause that makes sense,” she said.

She got choked up when she spoke about chil­dren in Amer­ica.

“When I think about the fact that some of them are afraid about what’s to come,” she said. “I don’t want them to be afraid. I want them to em­brace the fu­ture and know that the world is get­ting bet­ter.

“We have bumps in the road, we have ups and downs. But I want our kids to move for­ward, I don’t care where they come from, with strength and with hope.”

Co­me­di­ans Jerry Se­in­feld and Dave Chap­pelle later joined Fal­lon and Obama on the show to play ‘Catch­phrase’ af­ter the First Lady helped the host write his “thank you” notes for the week.

“Thank you Barack, for prov­ing you’re not a lame duck . . . but my very own sil­ver fox,” Michelle wrote to a loud ap­plause.

Fal­lon hit back with: “Thank you first lady Michelle Obama, for bring­ing a whole new mean­ing to the phrase, ‘the right to bear arms’.”

An ear­lier seg­ment in the show fea­tured ‘reg­u­lar peo­ple’ that had been in­vited on to the show to film a mes­sage for Michelle in front of a por­trait of the First Lady.

They were filmed say­ing their mes­sage be­fore Michelle came out from be­hind a cur­tain to sur­prise them with a hug.

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