Obama unemployment news conference featured Va. woman convicted of drug fraud 

A simple background check could have saved the Barack Obama administration from the latest embarrassment after his news conference last week that urged Congress to extend unemployment insurance. By the President's side at the White House were three Americans who had lost their jobs and who would need the extension when their benefits ran out.

One of the unemployed was Leslie Macko, a Charlottesville, Va, woman who reportedly had been dismissed from her job as an aesthetician at the spa of the Atlantic Coast Athletic Club (ACAC) in Albemarle Square, according to Charlottesville's CBS 19:

CBS19's Jessica Jaglois has learned that Macko was found guilty of prescription drug fraud in March 2009, one month before Macko lost her job at ACAC. She served a one year probationary sentence.

Macko joined two other unemployed people and President Obama at the podium for a speech designed to encourage lawmakers 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.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air asked questions that are have been brought up by others who were puzzled at the White House's latest lapse in vetting:

Why is our money going to support a convicted fraudster? And why can’t the White House do research, for crying out loud?


The story says that no one can be sure that the fraud conviction is what caused Macko to lose her job, but it’s certainly not helping her find a new one.

Check out video of CBS 19's newscast that shows portions of the White House news conference.

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