....even after his economy has sent her back the the realm of franks & beans:
The Obama supporter who told the president during a televised town-hall meeting that she was "deeply disappointed" in him has lost her job.
Velma Hart, who graced the front page of The Post in September after her direct questioning of the president, said yesterday that she's trying "focus on the positive and be optimistic."
Hart -- who told the president she feared her family would have to go back to the "hot dogs-and-beans era" -- was laid off late last week as chief financial officer for AMVETS, a Maryland-based charity that aids veterans.
"They called me in on a Friday afternoon and said they had made a decision . . . [they] should make that cut," she told CNBC.
At the town-hall meeting, Hart told Obama that she was, "exhausted [from] defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for -- and deeply disappointed with where we are right now."
Even after the firing, Velma has not lost The One True Faith:
She told CNBC yesterday that she is still an Obama supporter and she may now look into his administration's program to help homeowners adjust the terms of their mortgages.
Good luck with that. More likely to get manna from heaven than loan guarentees from the banks....
Suspicious about a conspiracy? Me too...this, from her (ex)boss:
"It's not anything she did," said Jim King, the national executive director of Am Vets. "She got bit by the same snake that has bit a lot of people. It was a move to cut our bottom line. Most not-for-profits are seeing their money pinched."
"Velma was a good employee," he said. "It was just a matter of looking at the bottom line and where could we make the best cuts and survive."
King would not say whether the organization had had other layoffs.
Sounds like Velma was the only one who was let go. Could be that she was making some nice coin, and AMVET felt it was better to let one person at a higher level go than three beneath her. If so, well...Neither Velma not Barack could argue against the decision making process there. What self-respecting liberal would keep one big earner as opposed to three folks making the bottom of the pay scale?
But was she forced out, due to her previous remarks? it's possible but currently unprovable, although I think it is important to note that AMVETS does have a legislative agenda, which likely involves a lot of the usual you-scratch-my-back-and-I'll-scratch-yours. Could AMVEST have been told to "fire that Velma Hart woman who embarrassed Barack Obama" if they wanted to see any of their legislation pass? Is this a case of revenge being a dish served very,very cold?
Not provable. Yet.
I feel for Velma, just like anyone who loses their job today. No matter what type of benefits are out there, it is not going to be enough to preserve the lifestyle she has worked to earn. The only situation where that is possible is within an economy with powerful, consistent job growth, which is the one thing Barack Obama's ideology is singularly incapable of creating.
I'll leave you with some comments left on the Washington Post article:
...She had two children in private school and a high paying job, and she voted for change?"
Yes, because she is a feeling, compassionate Democrat who only wants to alleviate other people's problems with your money...
"And quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly: Is this my new reality?" Quite frankly, Ms. Hart, yes.
But then, the rest of us knew that when we went into the voting booth in November of 2008. Didn't you?