It was at a town hall in September that one woman gave voice to the frustrations of so many. “I’m 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,”
Velma Hart told Barack Obama
, unabashedly, to his face. Hart, who was laid off in November, was a central-casting Obama supporter: black, female, middle-class, the chief financial officer of a D.C.-based veterans service organization. Her statement left the president flummoxed and became a rallying cry for Obama supporters who’d watched the promises of his campaign—universal health care, a reinvigorated economy, immigration reform, repeal of the invidious Don’t Ask Don’t Tell—evaporate during his presidency. She won our admiration for her perfectly articulated critique.