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Woman who told Obama her financial fears has lost her job

When contacted Monday, Hart would not discuss the matter.

In an interview with me two months ago, she said that although her personal finances were in pretty good shape, she was worried. She has two daughters in private school, and the oldest is looking at colleges. Although her husband is employed, she was concerned about higher consumer prices. She talked about her home value being down. She talked about feeling anxious.

"You don't have to be on the street to be struggling," Hart said in the earlier interview. There are different degrees of struggling."

Hart said telling Obama that her family might be forced to dine regularly on hot dogs and beans was just an attempt at levity.

"It was symbolic," she said. "I'm a lot more fortunate than others."

But in what is clearly a too-eerie situation, Hart foretold her future.

"We are all caught in the middle of the insanity," she said.

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