Mr. President: What’s going on?

Mom, wife, CFO and military veteran Velma Hart asked President Obama a powerful question at a CNBC town hall meeting Monday.

“I’ve been told that I voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. I’m one of those people and I’m waiting sir and I don’t feel it yet…..Is this my new reality?”

In The Daily Beast, John Cox, a longtime friend of Hart’s said: “Hart’s attitude is not new; her question fit right in line with their own conversations about the president. “I understood it completely and broke out laughing when I heard [her question] because I knew exactly what she was saying,” Cox said. The two had talked together about how “we care for [Obama], we want him to succeed, we voted for him, but we’re running out of patience.””

What do you think? Is Velma Hart right? What does President Obama need to do to help improve the lives of America’s middle class?

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About Bernard McCoy

My views are my own and not a reflection of my employer. I'm a professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I've also been a working journalist for the past 29 years. I have covered news stories in war zones, reported on human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, a presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. My career experiences include work as an award-winning documentary producer, television news reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. I worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH. I have also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network and lecture at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University.
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