BY Adam Lisberg
DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF
First Lady Michelle Obama barnstormed Manhattan Monday to defend her husband's administration -- and to fire up Democratic voters.
She told a cheering crowd at a Times Square fund-raiser that it would take more time and effort to turn the country around.
"For so many people, change has not come fast enough, and believe me, it hasn't come fast enough for Barack either," she told more than 1,000 people.
"It is going to take a lot longer to dig ourselves out of this hole than any of us would like," she added. "This is the hard part of change."
Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden - whom she called "my partner in crime" - raised $1 million for the Democratic National Committee.
The Democrats are scrambling to limit congressional losses at the polls on Nov. 2.
"We have come much too far, much too far to turn back now," the First Lady said, summoning the energy of her husband's 2008 campaign.
"We need you to shake some folks up. We need you to get up and make some phone calls. We need you to keep knocking on those doors."
The First and Second ladies started with an event at the West Village home of designer Donna Karan for 85 donors who gave $10,000 each.
They later filled the St. James Theatre in Times Square with donors who gave $100 to $2,500 each.
With "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker emceeing that event, the audience was heavily weighted toward women.
Obama grabbed that chance to tout her husband's record on helping women and children through health care reform - and putting two women on the Supreme Court.
Earlier in the day, Obama stumped in Connecticut, where she trumpeted Democratic Senate hopeful Richard Blumenthal in his race against wrestling titan Linda McMahon.