The President steps out in front of the microphones attended by human props to make a case for more unemployment insurance because his weak stimulus package has failed to create significant private sector jobs. And who does he front? A convicted criminal for the love of God. Leslie Macko. Here’s what Barack had to say about poor Leslie:
“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.
Boo hoo. Oh yes, he feels her pain. Gotta love that image–Barack shilling for someone initially charged with grand larceny.
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.
ACAC CEO Greg Wells told the Newsplex that Macko was not terminated nor discharged because of any illegal activity, but Wells would not comment on the condition of her termination.
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.
Press Secretary Gibbs was also asked if the White House performed a background check on Macko before her appearance with the President.
“I don’t know the specifics,” Gibbs said. ‘But it’s safe to say, had we known [about the charges against her] she wouldn’t have been here.”
Did they perform a background investigation? HELL NO!!!
Sloppy staff work, which is becoming another defining characteristic of Mr. Hope and Change. Way to go White House. That egg on your face is fried. Bottomline, Barack is in charge, or at least, he is supposed to be in charge.
Electric Boogaloo provided an excellent visual comment that summarizes the mess (Many thanks).