With exactly a week to go before the midterm elections, Michelle Obama is urging Democratic voters to recapture the energy of 2008.
The first lady and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared at a San Francisco event Monday night, trying to rally the party's base. Obama warned the crowd of 700 that Republicans were putting up a strong fight to gain congressional majority on November 2.
Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, also spoke at the event. She urged Democrats to "make 10 more calls, send 10 more e-mails, bring 10 more people to the polls."
Obama acknowledged that many Americans are facing tough times.
"For a lot of folks, change hasn't come fast enough," she said. "The truth is, it's going to take a lot longer to dig us out of this hole than any of us would like." Obama told the crowd that the election is not a referendum on the past two years, but about what's left to be accomplished in the years ahead.
Obama's campaign trip through California will continue through Wednesday. She has two events scheduled with Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in Los Angeles. Boxer is in a tough race against Republican Carly Fiorina.