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Obama’s Sob-Story Example of Why Unemployment Benefits Should Be Extended is a Convicted Fraudster

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By Doug Powers  •  July 29, 2010 09:25 AM

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Politics 101: If you’re trying to convince hard-working Americans — many of whom are holding down multiple jobs — to support their tax dollars going towards extending unemployment benefits to people who have allegedly fallen on hard times, your “grounds-of-compassion” example should not be a criminal.

By way of Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:

Many of the OOTD entries have to do with poor research informing statements from Barack Obama, but today’s is perhaps the most embarrassing. Obama wanted to get a photo opportunity with a real, live, unemployed person — only no one bothered to check why Leslie Macko lost her job:

Leslie Macko was once employed at ACAC in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center. In 2009, Macko was convicted of prescription drug fraud, at which point she lost her job as an esthetician in the spa at ACAC.However, on July 19, Macko was seen standing next to President Barack Obama as his example of the needs 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.

The White House is spending record amounts of money these days, so you’d think at least a little of that would go toward background checks.

Video from WCAV:

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