Is this a case for shallowness of freedom of speech in the US? Velma Hart, the chief financial officer for Am Vets, a veteran services organization based in Maryland, is laid off two months after she criticized the US President Obama while directly talking to him in a town hall style meeting in September. The programme was telecast on CNBC.
Velma reportedly told Obama that she was exhausted from defending him and his economic policies and waiting for the change, she expected after voting for him. Obama reportedly admitted it was tough time. The Am Vets’ executive director was quoted by the Washington Post as saying the laying-off action had nothing to do with the Velma’s criticism on Obama’s policies.
The director said, "She got bit by the same snake that has bit a lot of people. It was a move to cut our bottom line." But, removing a chief officer as part of cutting expenditure seems somewhat odd, as the firm will have to lose her experience with the firm and its operations and expertise acquired with that experience.
Velma told CNBC television that she was still supporter of Obama. Her family was facing hard times with the loss of job, she said. She is expecting that there is a job looking for her in coming days. Let us expect the same.