More than 14 million Americans are unemployed today and that number is growing. In that reality, five people I know lost their jobs last week. One of them was me.
Many of you have heard about me. Two months ago, I told President Obama in a televised town hall meeting that I was exhausted from defending him and the mantle of change that I voted for.
While not exhausted now, my exhaustion stemmed from an avalanche of criticism and harsh judgments from everyone from friends and colleagues to policymakers on Capitol Hill, even though President Obama has had many supporters over the past two years.
Our country desperately needs change. We need to change the way we talk to each other. We need to change the way we make decisions. We need to change in earnest what we truly value. We also need to act more responsibly, both personally and as a government, than we have in recent years.