Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Remember Velma Hart? The instantly likable African American woman who told President Obama during one of his ill-fated town hall meetings she was “exhausted” from defending him?
She now finds herself unemployed.
Hart, who burst onto the national scene after she told told President Obama she was scared about her financial future and wondered if she would see Obama’s promise of change, was let go as the chief financial officer for Am Vets, a Maryland-based, non-profit veteran services organization.
Jim King, the national executive director of Am Vets said Hart was a good employee and her comments to the president had nothing to do with their decision to fire her.
Velma Hart told President Obama during a CNBC town hall broadcast:
“My husband and I joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot-dogs-and-beans era of our lives. 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?”
Ms. Hart may look back at the hot-dogs-and-beans era of her life nostalgically as her new reality is boxed macaroni and cheese and Spam.