Michelle Obama thanked Organizing for America volunteers for their hard work for the president and urged them to keep knocking on doors to get people excited about the upcoming election.
The first lady participated in a conference call with the group today as part of a warm-up before hitting the campaign trail on behalf of Democratic candidates next week. Last week she held a similar conference call with nurses to rally them around the health care bill, which many Republican candidates are threatening to repeal.
"Every step of the way, every morning, when [President Obama] wakes up in this White House, all of you are his compass. You're his guiding light," she told volunteers. "The president needs you once again. The president needs allies like all of you who will stand up with him in Washington as he stands up for the nation. These next 27 days, we all are going to need to dig deep."
When one volunteer asked her how to excite people who may think that voting can't make a difference in their economic situation, Obama defended her husband's record in office.
"Remember that when Barack took office, he walked into the Oval Office with a country that was losing as much as 750,000 jobs each month," she said. "Today, we have had eight months of job growth."
Still, she acknowledged that leaders need to work even harder to promote economic recovery.
Next week the first lady -- who has kept a low profile in recent months -- will embark on a six-state fundraising tour beginning with an event for Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., on Oct. 13.