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"I'm Exhausted Defending You": Middle-class Mother Confronts Obama at Meet-the-Voters

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By Daniel Bates
Last updated at 9:29 AM on 22nd September 2010

President Barack Obama was left in no doubt as to the strength of ill-feeling among his most loyal supporters last night when he was openly attacked at a town hall meeting - with one woman telling him: ‘I’m exhausted defending you’.

Staring intently at Mr Obama, Velma Hart told him she was ‘deeply disappointed’ and was losing patience waiting for him to deliver the change he promised.

In an impassioned rebuke the mother-of-two said she fears returning to the ‘hot dogs-and-beans era’ of her life because he is not helping the financially strapped middle class.
‘I'm a mother. I'm a wife. I'm an American veteran, and I'm one of your middle-class Americans. ‘And, quite frankly, I'm exhausted,’ she said.

‘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.’

Her admonishment of the president came as new poll revealed 35% of voters would prefer to have George W Bush in the White House instead of Mr Obama, in spite of his chequered record in office.

Mr Obama has faced falling popularity and rising disgruntlement as his presidency stalls amid the economic crisis and what some see as indecisive leadership.
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