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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Obama fan who rapped prez gets fired but... she's still a fan!

The Obama supporter who told the president during a televised town-hall meeting that she was "deeply disappointed" in him has lost her job.

Velma Hart, who graced the front page of The Post in September after her direct questioning of the president, said yesterday that she's trying "focus on the positive and be optimistic."

Hart -- who told the president she feared her family would have to go back to the "hot dogs-and-beans era" -- was laid off late last week as chief financial officer for AMVETS, a Maryland-based charity that aids veterans.

"They called me in on a Friday afternoon and said they had made a decision . . . [they] should make that cut," she told CNBC.

The unwelcome news has made the married mother of two daughters even more aware of the dire state of the economy.

"Even more than I did before, I appreciate what millions of people who are in my condition now have been experiencing for the last two, three, four years," she told the business network from her suburban Maryland home.

"Could it take me two years to find a job? Wow, that's a scary proposition for me and my family," she said. Her two daughters are in private school and her eldest is preparing to enter college next year. Her husband, Karlton, is a facilities administrator at DC's Verizon Center arena.

Her boss, Jim King, said the decision was purely a financial one.

"It's not anything she did," he told The Washington Post.

"She got bit by the same snake that has bit a lot of people.

"It was a move to cut our bottom line," said King, the nonprofit's national executive director. He insisted that her appearance on the CNBC town-hall program played no role in the decision to let her go.

"She was at the town hall as a private citizen," he said.

"Whatever she had to say were her own thoughts."

At the town-hall meeting, Hart told Obama that she was, "exhausted [from] defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for -- and deeply disappointed with where we are right now." (Continues here)

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