Velma Hart laid off

You may recall Velma Hart, the African-American woman at the CNBC town hall meeting featuring President Obama who said that she was tired of "defending" him because the change he promised had not come fast enough. She spoke about her fears about the economy. "My husband and I joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot-dogs-and-beans era of our lives," she said during the town hall broadcast. "But quite frankly, it's starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we're headed again. And quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly: Is this my new reality?" Unemployment is Hart's new reality, since she has been laid off as chief financial officer at Am Vets, a nonprofit Maryland-based veteran services organization. A victim of the bottom line, Hart's position was cut, so the financial fears she expressed in the town hall have come to fruition. Hart's comments to Obama, which were broadcast all over the place, became "proof" that the president was losing his die-hard supporters โ€” African-American voters. Unfortunately, this tough economy is tough on a lot of people, even those who ask tough questions and make tough statements.

Read more at the Washington Post. Watch the video of her comments below:

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