‘Exhausted’ Obama critic loses her job

Velma Hart: Things went from bad to worse

At a Town Hall meeting, Velma Hart told President Barack Obama a couple of months ago that defending him and his policy had “exhausted her.”

Now she’s not only exhausted. She’s unemployed.

Hart told CNBC Monday that AmVets, a veterans services organization in Maryland, gave her a pink slip recently as part of the struggling group’s effort to cut expenses.

Hart stood up at a Town Hall meeting in September and told Obama:

Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the man for change I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.

Obama offered his stock answer when people tell him he hasn’t delivered on his promises:

“As I have said before, time are tough for everybody right now. So I understand your frustration.”

Her frustration increased when a layoff notice hit her desk.

“I want to focus on the positive and be optimistic,” Hart told CNBC. “And assume that somehow things will work out, that there’s an opportunity out there with Velma’s name on it that’s right around the corner.”

Jim King, executive director for AmVets, says his organization is just trying to survive and that Hart was just caught up in the group’s financial crisis.

“It’s not anything she did,” King told The Washington Post on Monday. “She got bit by the same snake that has bit a lot of people. It was a move to cut our bottom line.”

Hart, contacted by Capitol HIll Blue on Monday, says that even with all that has happened, she still supports Obama.

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2 Responses to "‘Exhausted’ Obama critic loses her job"

  1. griff  November 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Don’t sweat it, Velma. It’s nothing personal. You were bamboozled by the slick rhetoric of a trained expert. It’s been happening to us white folks for a good long time.

    I think Obama has inadvertantly helped to end racism by being elected, although not quite the way most people thought he would.

    Now blacks realize that they can’t count on “one of their own” either. Blacks, Whites, Latinos, and every other “brand” of hyphenated American, unite against the common enemy, not each other.

    We all want the same things out of life. The main obstacle to these is our own stinking government.

    ” If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson

    This government has turned a once proud and prosperous people into snivelling, grovelling beggars.

  2. bmclellan  November 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    And the congressional chorus is heard to refrain,
    Man up Dear Velma, man up.

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