Obama Pushes Extended Jobless Benefits for Convicted Drug Fraudster

Posted: Jul 30, 2010 10:32 AM
I'm seriously beginning to wonder who in the world is in charge of screening White House guests and those who get close to the president? 

Party crashers are one thing, but in the latest example of incredibly lax security, President Obama used Leslie Macko to exemplify America's unemployed struggling to find work.  Macko joined two other unemployed people and Obama behind the White House podium for remarks designed to encourage lawmakers to extend jobless benefits.

Turns out Ms. Macko may have been unemployed and struggling to find work for a reason other than a lousy economy; she was dismissed from her job as an aesthetician about one month after being charged with prescription drug fraud

In addition, a little digging from the local news media has found that Macko has had more than one run-in with the law. In June of 2007, she was charged with grand larceny. The charge was reduced in court to petit larceny, and she was sentenced to two years probation. 

Drug fraud and larceny?  Sounds JUST LIKE the type of employee I'd be looking for! 

And because she can't find someone dumb enough to hire her, Barack Obama demands that the taxpayers support her...

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.
The White House is responding with their usual line of ignorance:
In his daily press briefing Thursday afternoon, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the White House would have never invited Leslie Macko to pose with President Obama had they known about her criminal past.
Does a basic White House background check no longer show felonies or was Macko never even vetted before standing side-by-side with the president of the United States?