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Friday, July 30, 2010

Obama Uses Convict in Photo Op for Unemployed

Is there a competency problem at the White House?

Remember this recent photo of Obama trotting out three unemployed persons to use as props as he demanded that Congress increase the budget deficit and pass a further extension of unemployment benefits without paying for it?


Well, turns out the reason the woman on the right is unemployed is that she was convicted of prescription drug fraud charges in 2009 and is currently serving her sentence:
Leslie Macko, a Charlottesville resident, stood next to President Obama as his example of the need to extend jobless benefits.

"We need to extend unemployment compensation benefits for women like Leslie Macko, who lost her job at a fitness center last year, and has been looking for work ever since. Because she's eligible for only a few more weeks of unemployment, she's doing what she never thought she'd have to do. Not at this point, anyway. She's turning to her father for financial support," Obama said in his speech at the White House on July 19th.

Macko was once employed at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center. However, in April 2009, a month after being found guilty of prescription drug fraud, she lost her job as an aesthetician in the spa at ACAC.
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CBS19 also learned Thursday that Macko has had more than one run-in with the law. In June of 2007, Macko was charged with grand larceny. The charge was reduced in court to petit larceny, and she was sentenced to two years probation.
Well, I suppose we really can't fault Obama's White House on this one. After all, there are so many criminals running around the place who don't pay their taxes as well as a host of other nefarious activities that this woman fits right in. Or maybe White House staffers just confused Macko's former employer ACAC with Obama's former employer ACORN.

The real issue here is the gross incompetence of the Obama Administration. With millions unemployed they can't find one three that haven't been convicted of a crime?

I wonder if she will be offered a job in the Obama Cabinet? She'd fit right in!

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