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An African-American woman who expressed to President Obama her fears of the nation’s current economic climate has lost her job.

Velma Hart was laid off from her position as chief financial officer for Am Vets, a non-profit veteran services organization based in Maryland. She lost her job two months after she told the President about losing her footing in her current financial standing.

The Washington Post reported that Hart’s job loss was just another example of talent being chewed away by the recession.

“It’s not anything she did,” Jim King, the national executive director of Am Vets, told The Post. “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.”

King said that Hart’s layoff was a result of budget reductions.

“Velma was a good employee,” he said in an interview with The Post. “It was just a matter of looking at the bottom line and where could we make the best cuts and survive.”

However, Hart is remaining upbeat about her situation.

“I want to focus on the positive and be optimistic,” Hart said, “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.”

In the town-hall meeting that was broadcast by CNBC, Hart asked Obama a vital question:

“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?”

The President’s response? “As I said before, times are tough for everybody right now. So I understand your frustration.”

Hart claims that she is still a supporter of Obama an that she knws that the economy is slowly bouncing back, however she found the idea of being unemployed quite “scary.” Two months later, that fear became a reality.

Hart’s job loss is not only an example of tough economic times, but also a predictor of the waning support that could arise from African-Americans voters who are suffering at the thresholds of unemployment.

Do you believe that the current economic conditions will cause Barack Obama to lose African-American voters? Sound off!

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  • Lee

    I am sorry to see a sister out of work but I believe when she addressed the President she knew her job was headed for the chopping block. It saddens me that some people have forgotten the past and want to blame the President for the state of the economy. Things are actually getting better but that is not being stressed.

  • LaVonda R Bailey

    I agree that Black people thought Obama was going to make their lives better, because he is a black man, but that does not mean he has the same life experience that many working class people have in this country. I never supported Obama and I voted for Cynthia Mckinney, because he is just like the previous Presidents in this Country all about Corporations and making sure he gets reelected. Obama has continued many of the same policies that Bush had put in place and now under his watch they want to pat everyone down in the airport like you are a criminal, which is a violation of my civil liberties and its done, because one guy attempted to get on a plane with a bomb in his underwear that did not even work, but now I can be pat down like a criminal, because of it….its wrong and I don’t a TSA agent touching areas of my body that only my husband can touch.

    Obama reminds me a lot of Bill Clinton, because he is willing to put laws on the books that appear to benefit the working class, but they actually hurt them and because people in this country don’t care about the substance of what a person is saying only if they look good while saying it, we get people in office that do nothing for the working class of this Country. I don’t understand how someone can get a job they are not qualified for, because people look good.

    Bill Clinton is the main reason for the financial meltdown, due to his repealing the Glass Segal act that kept banks from making the types of bad investments they made and left the taxpayers holding their debt. If I have a conversation about Bill Clinton he was one of the best President’s ever, but he changed welfare so you can only be on it for five years over your lifetime, he pushed Joycelyn Elders and Lonnie Gunier under the bus and he did his share of bombing other countries while in office. People rarely remember what actually happened during a person’s Presidency only what was happening to them as an individual and then they base history of their memory of what they lived through at that time. Obama does not care about working class people, because if he did he would have invested the same amount of money in helping people save their homes and create long term jobs that pay a decent wage and not tell poor and working class people to pull themselves up by their boot straps, because that was not the line he gave WallStreet he used my tax dollars to bail them out! What I want to know is where is the bailout for working class people who are losing homes and jobs daily? And will people in this country wake up and realize everybody cannot or will be rich in this Country and that rich people should be taxed more than a person making $25,000.00 in order for this Country to not become a third world Country.