September 21st, 2010
07:28 AM ET

Vets CFO on Obama: 'I am exhausted of defending you'

President Obama was hearing an earful from voters at a town hall meeting in the nation’s capitol yesterday.

Anger and disappointment was voiced by many in attendance, including Velma Hart, Chief Financial Officer for “American Vets” and Ted Brassfield, a law school grad. Hart and Brassfield spoke with CNN's Kiran Chetry on "American Morning's" about their feelings on Obama and clarified some of their statements from the town hall.

Kiran Chetry: Velma, when you said you were getting tired of defending the president, it's exhausting. Have you lost faith in the president? Or do you think it's simply the circumstances we're in that he doesn't necessarily have control of.

Velma Hart: It is absolutely the latter. But I don't know that he doesn't have control of it. I still have great faith in this president. I think that he is an amazing leader. I think he is inspirational.

Kiran Chetry: Ted, you asked whether or not you thought the "American Dream" was still attainable. Why did you choose that question? I know that you had a lot on your mind. You had a lot that you discussed among your friends. Why did you ask about the "American Dream?"

Ted Brassfield: Well, it's a real problem that a lot of us who have advanced degrees - and people who are going to college, maybe they don't know why they went to college. But we are facing massive student loans. The entire generation is just often facing six figures even when you go to public universities. And you have people like me who had good jobs but went back to school. Society says if you work hard, if you go to school, we will have good jobs for you. And that's why it's - you're willing to take on a massive amount of debt. And it seems like that's been lost. And it's really hurting a lot of my cohort.

Kiran Chetry: Did you get the answer you were looking for from the president or any more clarity on it?

Ted Brassfield: I think that unfortunately I felt that the president answered very effectively all of the other questions he was asked by the audience. But like Velma, I thought that I had given him a lay-up to say this is why you should still have hope. And he didn't say that. He didn't answer it at 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.

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  1. vickie

    I guess it wld be exhausting to defend him – when we are obviously defending him to dummys who dont understand how things work. This is one man who came into office behind a man who destroyed us in 8 yrs - you have a lot of people still mad at the fact he is blk and running this country - get off his back and let him work he is spending too much time explaining when he shld do like Bush did and just do it – It will take time to reshape the mess that Great President Bush Got us in – So with that being said those who cont to bash the president DO ME A FAVOR KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH .........

    September 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      And the race card gets played in 3...2...1... DING DING DING – congrats Vicky, you're a typical leftist race-baiter! You win the coveted prize of knowing NOBODY believes anything you say anymore (like the boy who cried wolf).

      At any rate, even though Vickie is a complete & utter phucking moron she should be corrected when need be. First off, you'll find that many TRUE conservatives & TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party members aren't going to defend George Bush – why? Well, because he wasn't a fiscal conservative. He spent taxpayers money like... well, a Dumbocrap.

      But, at any rate, the point is that Odumbo LIED to the American people about ... well, pretty much everything!! They just HAD to pass health care to make our rates go down & provide coverage for everyone – TRUTH is, our rates will go up (even Odumbo is backing away from the LIE that the rates will go down). Also, there's still gonna be 3-4 million people without coverage. So what are we paying for, exactly? Beats me!!

      He (and Bush) LIED to the American people when they provided bailout money to companies who basically extorted money from the American taxpayers to reward them for their own incompetence & mismanagement. "Too Big To Fail" is an OUTRIGHT LIE – if a company truly is "too big to fail" then they should be broken up via anti-monopoly laws.

      Odumbo took Bush's BAD idea regarding bailouts & just pumped it up on steroids & made it wayyyyy worse.

      But that's OK Vickie – we don't expect you to understand "how things work" – I know you must think the Gov "gives" us money, rather than the Gov getting money from WE, the American taxpayers. I know you don't understand that the President is NOT a "King" and that the Gov works for US, not the other way around!!

      This concept of the Gov providing for you is scary.

      September 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      he's right, Vickie – Obama is the same thing in a different costume and color. It's all a giant game of good cop/bad cop. obama is the latest 'good cop' but he is still controlled (like all politicians) by central bankers and corporate interests. his bailing out of the bankers that put us in this mess is tantamount to treason against the american people. and bush was worse. wake up and see that this is all a charade. "change we can believe in"??? get off the drugs already if you still believe that lie. all presidents are middle managers at best. the levers of power go much, much higher than that.

      September 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy Bob

      It's funny how Obama is trying to make us like Europe and they are trying to become like us! They are dropping their socialist programs and Obama can't add them fast enough! You just can't have Unions and social programs....... they just don't mix! Speaking of Unions, the best thing we could do is send a few hundred Union reps to China!

      USSA...... United Socialist States of America ..... There is no such thing as a free lunch!

      September 21, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s berk

    Students loans have no collateral, are often not paid back, so rates are higher.

    September 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tom

    These people were hand picker to attend. What would it be like if the average Joe was allowed to comment??

    September 21, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tim Arnold

    Obama, we know that "change" doesn't happen overnight and we applaude your efforts thusfar. The last Republican couldn't do in 8 what you have accomplished in 2; so what's to say the next Republican or Tea Party panther would do anything differently that would work instantly?

    September 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Tim – you're right. The last Republican couldn't do in 8 what Odumbo has accomplished in 2 – in 2 short years Odumbo has managed to inflate the debt so high that your children, their children, and their children's children will be worse off than you are. In 2 years, Odumbo has managed to lose virtually HALF his supporters. In 2 years, Odumbo has managed to shove down the American's throats a health care boondoggle that they didn't want, and that has been PROVEN to actually INCREASE health care costs.

      You're certainly correct Tim... that Odumbo sure works fast!!!

      September 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Red Oak

    The debt has grown in the past year more than the total debt since the beginning of this country. The inspiring and amazing decisions Mr. Obama has made led to double digit unemployment and we are constantly being warned that the country cannot sustain this kind of spending. Our allies have been treated like dirt, our enemies have been courted. He has appointed czars by-passing the Senate and given them executive powers with no oversight of any kind. He has purchased the auto industry, banks and has taken over our healthcare – an act that any responsible person knows is unsustainable. He has ignored the will of the majority of America and forced through the awesome and magnificent change the supporters blindly uphold as the best thing since Carter, etc., etc., and stating the facts has now become synonymous with racism, radical extremism, bigots, haters...yes, I can surely see why Obama is so wonderful. Yes, this surely persuades me with the solid facts and evidence that ends with, '....you criticize President Obama, you are a racist, you are a Nazi, you are a radical extremist." I know people can be blind, but this is one for the history books. How about this fact: Socialism, Marxism, Liberalism...whatever term you want to call it, including IS, has already been proven time and time again in history as total failures. If he is so inspiring, so wise, so intelligent that he is doing everything right, why are so many other countries abandoning the very idealistic political moves he's making today? If this country is as bad as claimed, show me another country doing better than America. Is ignorance truly bliss?

    September 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tim Arnold

    Rob and Red Oak. . . the national debt was increased the most not by President Obama at all but rather historically by every single Republican President with Bush being the most ( http://www.lafn.org/gvdc/Natl_Debt_Chart.html ) . Do research, don't hate, don't pull race cards, just give the man a chance, ya gave Bush 6 more years at least give this President the 2 more years that he earned. He brought the whole (majority) of the country together in the midst of a recession! And who is honestly thinking about my children's future??? They weren't thinking about yours when they invented Social Security and I can guarantee you that TEA party hoodwinkers do not have your grand-children's money on their mind whatsoever.

    September 21, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eunice c

    PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS MY VOTE (2012) REPUBLICANS, TEA PARTY IS CRAZY HAS HELL THEY ARE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS, WHO WANTS TO CONTROL YOU THE PEOPLES OF AMERICA, WANTS YOU TO GO TO CLINICS FOR HEALTHCARE, WANTS TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY, YOUNG GIRLS ARE WOMEN MUST BEAR THEIR RAPIST CHILD -- PRE-EXITING CONDITIONS THEY WANT YOU TO DIE WITHOUT GETING MEDICAL TREATMENT FIRST, SO YES IT'S HARD RIGHT NOW BUT ALL ANYONE CAN DO IS DO WHAT YOU CAN DO, MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT YOU HAVE, BE GREATFUL FOR THE THINGS THAT YOU DO HAVE -- BECAUSE IN THE END THINGS WILL GET BETTER. I DON'T KNOW WHEN, ARE HOW BUT I BELIEVE -–

    September 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mynewdata2

    PRESIDENT OBAMA IS DOING A GREAT JOB. YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE GLEN BECK AND ALL THE REST OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT HOW WELL HE IS DOING. BOTTOM LINE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HAD 8 YEARS TO SPEAK WHEN THE REPUBLICAN'S WAS BREAKING THE UNITED STATES. IT IS ALL ABOUT MONEY ALL OF THESE PEOPLE ARE SAYING ANYTHING THEY CAN TO DRUM UP MORE TROUBLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND MAKING MONEY DOING IT. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DONE MORE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN LESS THEN 2 YEARS THEN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION DID IN 8 LONG YEARS FOR THE PEOPLE. AND THEN YOU HAVE SOME SELF CENTER PEOPLE WHO ONLY THINK ABOUT THEIR PROBLEM AND NO ONE ELSE'S. YOU HAVE THE REPUBLICAN TEA PARTY, GLEN BECK THE REPUBLICAN POLITICTION AND OTHERS WHO JUST WANT TO START PROBLEMS BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEIR HOME, JOB, FOOD, MONEY ETC. THESE PEOPLE DO NOT CARE ABOUT ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST EVERYTHING THEY HAVE. IF THEY DID THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO WORK WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AND NOT AGAINST HIM. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS WORKED ON HEALTH CARE, JOBS, HOME PROGRAMS TO HELP PEOPLE KEEP THEIR HOMES, HELP FOR BUSINESS, THE WAR ETC. HE HAS WORKED ON ALL OF THESE THINGS FROM DAY ONE TO HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND FAMILIES IN THE UNITED STATES. WHY SHOULD ANYONE EVEN HAVE TO CONSIDER ANYTHING THE REPUBLICAN'S HAS TO SAY WHEN THEY ARE THE ONES WHO BROKE THE PEOPLE AND THE UNITED STATES. WHAT CAN THEY SAY THEY HAD 8 YEARS TO MAKE IT BETTER. NOW WE HAVE PRESIDENT OBAMA WHO IS WORKING HARD TO TRY AND HELP AND GIVE BACK TO THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE REPUBLICAN'S HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT. YOU SEE THE REPUBLICAN'S DID NOT CARE IF YOU WHERE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT WHITE OR BLACK OR WHAT RACE YOU WHERE THEY BROKE EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING WAS THEIR GOAL. AND THEN COME BACK AS A TEA PARTY TRYING TO EVEN DENY THEIR IDENTIY. BUT AS THE ONE REPUBLICAN SAID ON TV THE TEA PARTY WAS REPUBLICAN'S. NOW THE REPUBLICAN'S BROKE THE UNITED STATES AND NOW YOU HAVE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE MAKING MONEY TO START PROBLEMS TO KEEP PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM HELPING THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE THEY WANT TO GET BACK IN TO I GUESS THIS TIME TAKE ALL. NO! TO FOOL YOUR SELF IS THE BIGGEST FOOL OF ALL. REPUBLICAN'S BROKE REPUBLICAN'S, DEMOCRAT'S AND EVERY RACE. WAKE UP THEY HAD THEIR OWN NET WORK GOING AND STILL DO TEA PARTY. WELL GUESS WHAT THIS IS NO PARTY GOING ON OUT HERE. AND EVERYONE HAS NEEDS BUT BARE IN MIND THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IF ANYONE HAS ANYTHING TO SAY TELL THE REPUBLICAN'S TO STOP PLAYING GAMES. STOP TRYING TO STOP PRESIDENT OBAMA FROM DOING THE JOB THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE THE 8 YEARS THEY WHERE IN OFFICE. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS DONE MORE IN LESS THAN 2 YEARS IN COMPARSION TO 8 YRS OF NOTHING THE REPUBLICANS DID FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. AND IT IS NOT A LIE OR WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN RECESSION. FACTS! IT OF COURSE IS GOING TO TAKE TIME TO FIX ALL THE DAMAGE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AND THE REPUBLICANS DID TO THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT ONE THING FOR SURE PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION ARE WORKING VERY HARD. THIS IS WHY SO MUCH TROUBLE AND BAD COMMENTS ARE BEING MADE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE SEE AND KNOW PRESIDENT OBAMA IS HELPING AND WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES. YOU SEE UNLIKE THE REPUBLICANS WHO TOOK AND MESSED UP. PRESIDENT OBAMA IS DOING FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES WITH WHAT LITTLE WAS LEFT.

    September 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tamara McCarter

    How can anything this liar of a so-called president be considered good. He is a socialist. He has Nazi ideals. He is trying to steal our freedoms one at a time. All he wants is control, and if people can't see that by now then they are more blind than I believe., He only wants muslims and non christians to have freedom of speech. Any one who is against his ridiculous policies he tries to silence. What is amounts to is that he has thugs in the WhiteHouse. He wants to only give voice to those who bash our morals and to silence those who love Jesus Christ. He will ruin this country. He already is trying. How on earth did a man get in, who hates our country and all it stands for? He needs to be impeached before it is too late. He needs to be sent back to Kenya with his ridiculous wife.

    September 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bren

    Obama missed his calling....... He should have been a College Professor or a motivational speaker.......

    September 28, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
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