Michelle Obama: 'Barack Hasn't Done Any of This Alone'

November 19, 2013 - 7:34 AM
Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - "Write the biggest check you can possibly write," First lady Michelle Obama told a gathering of female Democratic senators in New York City on Monday.

She said her husband needs these women to "dig deep" so the "right people" -- Democrats -- will be elected in the 2014 midterms.

Touting the nation's economic recovery, Mrs. Obama said, "Barack hasn't done any of this alone, just sitting by himself in the Oval Office. So sad," she joked.

She said her husband "needed Congress" to pass the stimulus law, a fair pay law, and the Affordable Care Act.

And then she talked about "frustrating defeats," and two situations where President Obama "had to sign an executive order."

"The DREAM Act -- an act that gives immigrant kids a fair shot, kids brought here by their parents through no fault of their own -- this act failed, once by just five votes in the Senate, and once by just four. So the President had to sign an executive order to finally get these kids some relief."

In June 2012, President Obama announced that his administration would use its discretion in deportation matters, removing illegal aliens who are considered high-priority, and deferring action on younger people, who "are Americans in their hearts," as the president put it.

Michelle Obama also mentioned the failure of Congress to pass "commonsense" gun legislation. "Sadly, as you know, that bill failed, and you want to know by how many votes? It failed by just six votes in the Senate -- six," she said.

Several months after the bill failed, President Obama issued "executive action" on guns, including a ban on most re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities.

"So make no mistake about it, the midterm elections matter. They matter," Mrs. Obama said.

Notably, the first lady drew applause when she said her husband "fought so hard and risked so much to pass the Affordable Care Act."

Mrs. Obama told the senators that the best way to make a "huge difference" is money: "You can write a  big old fat check. That's what we need you to do right now. Write a big check, big huge one. Write the biggest check you can possibly write. Take your frustration, your passion, your hope and turn that into real, meaningful support for leaders who will truly represent the people they serve."

Mrs. Obama admitted that "some of you might occasionally feel a little bit annoyed that we're always hitting you up for some money."

But she said that with Democrats "just six seats away" from losing control of the Senate, it is "critical" to elect more of them -- "because we all know that it's not enough to elect Barack Obama President if we don't give him a Congress that will help him keep moving this country forward."

She admitted that as a woman, she is uncomfortable "asking people for stuff."

"I hate doing this. I love you all, but I hate asking you guys for stuff -- and I've gotten pretty good at it."

"We as women, we feel a little awkward asking for stuff. We feel a little embarrassed to ask people for money. Oh, my goodness. But this is what I think when I start feeling shy or embarrassed -- I just think -- I want you to think about all those folks, again, who are counting on us every day; all those kids, all those women, all those families who need someone on their side standing up for them."