The New Normal?

The subject was the economy. The setting was Obama’s Sept. 20 town-hall meeting in Washington, D.C. The comment, by Velma Hart of Upper Marlboro, Md., started amicably and ended with a plea.

Said Hart: “Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your Administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now. And quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer honestly, is this my new reality?” Hart, who was the CFO of veterans group Amvets, lost her job in November, around the same time Obama lost Congress.
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