“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.”