Exhausted of Defending Obama? No Folk Hero Here

Obama’s Economic Town Hall didn’t go quite the way he expected.  We have a new star of the blogosphere – Velma Hart.  This woman voiced her disappointment in Obama’s ability to make positive change.  What makes her question sting is that it is not about a specific policy issue, rather it is about Obama’s core message: change you can believe in.   When you first hear her question, it seems to be a powerful repudiation of Obama’s polices, but things are not always what they seem.  Take a look at the question and then we’ll talk about what she really meant….

Couple things jump out at me here. First, I have to admit to a bit of schadenfreude – seeing Obama squirm is kind of a guilty pleasure. It’s a damn shame that I feel that way about a sitting president, but this man needs to be called to account. What I used to think of as my own cynicism has evolved into what I consider to be matter-of-fact: Obama is not trying to help, he is trying to destroy America so that it can be rebuilt in his twisted socialist Utopian image.

I don’t say that lightly. The evidence is overwhelming.

Massive spending increases, massive government programs enacted, taking over private industry, appointing socialist bureaucrats to re-structure the capitalist foundation, and on and on. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…either he is a bumbling fool, or he is evil. A fool in that his incompetence led him to pursue such a destructive set of policy initiatives, or evil in that he knows how destructive his policies are and doesn’t care.

Second, it is striking that this accomplished and bright woman bought into the Obama line and continues to wait for his magic to happen. Velma Hart illustrates the fundamental problem with modern liberalism. While she’s sitting there waiting for Obama to do something, the world just keeps on going. Newsflash for Mrs. Hart: it is not Obama’s job to give stuff to you. Mrs. Hart would do well to put energy into her own actions, her family, her faith and her perseverance. If she focused on these things rather than to wait for Obama to enact some change for her, she’d be much better off.

Lastly (for now), we’ve come to get a bit more context about Velma Hart. She came off as someone who is fired up against Obama, but don’t be fooled. In an interview with CNN’s Kiran Chetry, Mrs. Hart indicated that she not only supported Obama’s massive government bloat, but wanted him to pursue more of the same! Read this exchange – it says it all:

Kiran Chetry: Well, Velma, you said you’re exhausted defending him. What do people who have criticisms of the president that talk to you say? What are their biggest beefs?

Velma Hart: That he’s all talk and no action, which I absolutely disagree with. I think the health care reform bill is action. I think the student loan legislation is action. I think there are – even, you know, like it or hate it, even the financial reform is action. So I don’t get that argument. And I – and I get pretty passionate about it. I can’t tell you I stand on top of tables and, you know, bang my head against the wall, but I believe in him. And I – you know, there’s something about what he communicates that makes me believe that he’s got a plan. I just – I’m tired of having debate – I think this is a moment of poker or something for me, maybe blackjack or 21. I want to have a card on the table that shuts the discussion and I don’t have that yet.

Velma Hart did articulate a widespread frustration with Obama, but not for the widespread reason. The uprising taking place against Obama is because of the policies he has pushed, not because he has not pushed more of them. So it seems Mrs. Hart is not the folk hero I wished for when I heard her question the President.

But at least there’s schadenfreude.


  1. First of all, thanks for linking to my Elizabeth Warren post. I do appreciate it.

    Concerning Velma Hart and President Obama, it is extremely disturbing to hear statements like her’s, given the context in which it was given. I am afraid there are entirely too many people who think like her, that Obama has not pushed hard enough for his radical agenda. That worries me.

  2. I got a comment from Jack on my website that I think is similar to what Velma Hart said in your quote. Only, if anything, he is more disillusioned.


    Some people believe in the perfectibility of man by man. Some people want to believe in either man or a man. They want to believe that we are the change we have been waiting for. They want to believe in the government we created or a great man. Since either would be an idol of their own making, they are doomed to bitter disappointment.

  3. Great point. I kinda got that feel from her comments to Obama. She seemed like one of the hard lefties that is upset with Obama for not throwing us into Gulags, or something like that.

  4. I think we agree that people who think Obama should do even more scare the heck out of us. This is not because we are worried about how they will vote – they will always vote for the democrat. Rather, these people frighten us because of the way they think. When Mrs. Hart’s instinct is that Obama must do more to create fundamental change, there is a real cultural problem to be overcome. There was a time when the majority of people in America were individualists in all of their thoughts and actions. Somehow the leftists have succeeded in changing the mindset of many Americans. That’s the scary part…how do we change them back?

  5. How do we change them back? That’s an interesting question and one that I am not sure I or anyone else has the answer to. The change you speak of is at a very fundamental level and because changing it will hit a lot of people where it hurts, it may be very difficult to accomplish. The only thing we can do is to keep working, posting, trying to educate the citizens of this country. If they will start believing in the opportunities this country provides, instead of looking for a handout, the battle will be partially won.

  6. Sadly Harry, there is no changing them back. They are predominantly damaged. Since they are completely unable to recognize reality, they will never recognize “progressive” fail not matter how abundant the evidence.

  7. A case like Velma Hart probably has to be written off. She’s so far down the statist dookie-hole that she’ll never recognize the inherent evil of socialism.

    The only thing that can be done is to discourage the leftists from getting loud-n-proud like they did in 2008 and 2009. That means crushing their spirits in the November elections with a devastating electoral defeat of the Democrats. No other cure will work.

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