Woman Asks Obama: ‘Is This Our New Reality?’

Sep 22, 2010 12:57am

ABC News’ Audrey Taylor and Kristina Wong report: With 15 million out of work and the economy still sluggish, the frustration among Americans is palpable.

At a recent town hall meeting in Washington, D.C., President Obama acknowledged that the “unemployment rate is still high and people are having a tough time,” but one woman in the audience who voted for the president wasn’t satisfied. 

“Quite frankly, I’m exhausted. 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,” said Velma Hart, a veteran and chief financial officer for veteran service organization AMVETS. 

“I’m also a mother.  I’m a wife.  I’m an American veteran.  And I’m one of your middle-class Americans.  I have been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class, she told the president. “I’m waiting, sir.  I’m waiting.  I — I don’t feel it yet.”

“Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly: Is this my new reality?” she asked the president.

Later, Hart told ABC News she would have loved to have heard a specific response to her question. 

Watch the ABC News’ interview with Hart HERE.

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