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Exhausted Obama Supporter Laid Off

Velma Hart, who famously told President Obama in a September town hall meeting that she was “exhausted of defending” him, was laid off this Friday from her job as a corporate financial officer at AmVets, a veterans organization.

In September, Hart told Obama that she was “deeply disappointed” in him.  “I have been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class,” she said. “I’m one of those people. And I’m waiting, sir. I’m waiting.”

In an interview with CNBC, Hart said she remained an Obama supporter. “I’m a data-driven person. The data says the economy’s getting better.”

But she also expressed anxiety about her current situation. “I don’t take lightly the fact that I know friends who’ve been looking for jobs for two years,” Hart said. “Could it take me two years to find a job? Wow, that’s a scary proposition for me and my family.”

Ultimately, Hart hopes to remain upbeat 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.”

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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