First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaWhy cutting back ‘free’ school lunches would be a favor to families Instagram taps former Michelle Obama, Clinton aide to lead communications Americans should get used to pop culture blending with politics MORE vowed Friday to be an active partner in President Obama's reelection campaign.
While for the time being the first lady is more focused on her pet initiatives — addressing childhood obesity and aiding military families — she said she'll be ready to work for President Obama's campaign when the time comes.
The first lady was a valuable asset for the president in the 2008 campaign and for Democrats in the 2010 midterms. Toward the end of last fall's campaign, the White House deployed her to rallies and fundraisers in a number of states and districts, some of which weren't as politically hospitable for the president.
The administration has seen her as a particularly valuable surrogate in reaching out to suburban female voters, a key swing demographic Obama needs to win reelection in 2012.
"We've got a lot of work to do, and I'm rolling up my sleeves to get that work done," Michelle Obama said. "And we'll cross that other bridge when we get there."
That other work includes the first lady's "Let's Move" campaign, a comprehensive effort to reduce childhood obesity through encouraging healthier nutrition and more exercise for children.
The first lady has also partnered with Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of the vice president, to boost the well-being of military families. Michelle Obama traveled to Fort Jackson, S.C., on Thursday for a visit with troops that touched on both of those themes.
This post was updated at 9:15 a.m.