(CNN) - With the GOP working to undo one of her policy initiatives, Michelle Obama must feel as besieged by politics as her husband often does.
The first lady admitted as much in a verbal slip Monday evening at a Boston fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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"When we took office - well, when Barack took office and I was there," Michelle Obama said, recalling President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration to the 200 some people, mostly women, who attended the event.
The first lady's latest remarks continue the decidedly more political role she has played as Democrats warily approach the midterm elections. While Michelle maintains her role as an above-the-fray advocate - spoofing "sideline" interviews with Seattle Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman, hosting talent shows at the White House, and dunking with the Miami Heat - she has also proven more willing to play politically as fall draws closer.
Just last week she excoriated Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee for making major changes to the 2010 child nutrition law - a hallmark of her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity.
"The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health," she said last Tuesday. "Now is not the time to roll back everything that we have worked for. Our kids deserve so much better than that."
Monday, the first lady again waded into the congressional muck, dinging Republican lawmakers for meddling with children's health and telling the audience at the InterContinental hotel it's their responsibility to make sure her husband can accomplish his agenda.
"Barack's last campaign was not in 2012, it's this year, 2014," she said. "Because if we lose these midterm elections, it's gonna be a whole lot harder to finish what we started together."
Michelle Obama recounted the President's accomplishments since his election, contrasting the current string of good economic news with the dreary outlook of Obama's first days in the Oval Office. The first lady also pressed the attendees - who paid anywhere from $500 to $32,400 for a seat at the tea fundraiser - for a "big fat check."
"It is simply not enough for us to have the best candidates if they don't have the resources we need to win elections," Obama said.