"Average Joes" Who Were Thrust Onto the Political Stage

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  • Big Bird, Sesame Street
  • Richard Hayes, Mitt Romney
  • Sandra Fluke
  • Velma Hart, Barack Obama
  • Joseph Wurzelbacher, Joe the Plumber, Barack Obama, John McCain

Velma Hart

Attending a town hall meeting in September 2010, Velma Hart, a nonprofit worker from Maryland, told President Obama she was "exhausted" of defending his policies and "the mantle of change that I voted for." Conservatives would use Hart to illustrate the frustration of voters who backed Obama in 2008. 

(Photo: Courtesy of Velma Hart)