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White House vetting proves once again to be flawed

A human prop used to make a political point is shown to be a little too human:

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.

"Had that type of information been made available," said Gibbs. "She would not have participated in the event here."

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.

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."

There's a lesson here folks.


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Gibbs is a genius. He's jus... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Gibbs is a genius. He's just identified the theme for Obama's run for a second term, "I don't know the specifics, but it's safe to say, had we known..."

Sleep well tonight Democrats, your White House Press Secretary is on the job.

"Had we known....."<... (Below threshold)

"Had we known....."


"Press Secretary Robert ... (Below threshold)

"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."

Yeah right.

Look on the bright side Barry. You fired Shirley and she forgave you ( in lieu of a book deal and beer summitt ) Macco is a poster child for your administation Barry.

Unemployed criminal's. Which is what your komrade's will be this November.

Even McDonalds does crimina... (Below threshold)
John S:

Even McDonalds does criminal background checks for their 16-year old fry cooks. Can the Secret Service be that incompetent? I guess this puts to rest which political party gets the support of convicted felons.

"White House vetting pro... (Below threshold)

"White House vetting proves once again to be flawed"

It's not a flaw it's their M.O.

How did she get picked? Do... (Below threshold)

How did she get picked? Do they just pick names out of a hat? Surely, someone, somewhere, knew her at some point and recommended her...

The levels of incompetence in that house are mind-bending.

Here's a thought - perhaps she is Lee Ward.

There is something so stran... (Below threshold)

There is something so strange about these criminal props the White House keeps trotting out. As someone said up above, even McD's checks out its sixteen year old employees. There is no way something like that got missed. Instead, one has to wonder if this is some last minute addition, someone well dressed coming to apply for for the civil service exams maybe and pulled out of line by one of the 'handlers'.

Political expediency outwei... (Below threshold)

Political expediency outweighs everything, even background checks and other security measures. The Won wants his photo op. A little criminal behavior has never been a barrier to get inside this Administration.

I cannot imagine The Secret... (Below threshold)

I cannot imagine The Secret Service did NOT do a background check on her before she was with the President.

No. Way.

Racist Libtard = No backgro... (Below threshold)

Racist Libtard = No background check needed.

Crooks, communists.....what... (Below threshold)

Crooks, communists.....what's one more anyway?

Shame on Karl Rove for slip... (Below threshold)

Shame on Karl Rove for slipping her name in the WH hat. Someone needs to take his office keys away.

I am no fan of Obama, but h... (Below threshold)

I am no fan of Obama, but he is our president, I would not want any harm to come to him, I'm concerned at the lack of security. I fear someday one of these people they let close to him with out proper vetting will try to kill him. No matter how much we might disagree with him we should all be concerned that the secruity systems seem to have holes and our president seems to be poorly served and possibly endangered. Remember the party crashers, now this.

It appears that Axelrod and... (Below threshold)

It appears that Axelrod and the political office has complete authority; even overruling the Secret Service. Remember the party crashers? Lessons never learned.

However, in April ... (Below threshold)
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.

Heh. I wonder what the duties of an "aesthetician" are. Sounds like one of those "nice work if you can get it" type jobs.

Why would a White House whi... (Below threshold)
Bill Fabrizio:

Why would a White House which only exists because of a lack of MSM vetting during the 2008 presidential campaign suddenly become a fan of vetting illegality?

How did this information ge... (Below threshold)

How did this information get out? The MSM has Obama's back. It must have been the evil Fox news or one of those evil bloggers.

Bestest administration, eva... (Below threshold)

Bestest administration, evah!

Well, since basic Democrat ... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Well, since basic Democrat election strategy is to gain the votes of criminals and other miscreants can this fiasco really be considered all that surprising?

Not sure why the o... (Below threshold)

Not sure why the outrage here, she merely seems to be in accord with the rest of this admin. Are we sure the vetting WAS wrong?

The hate Whitey house is n... (Below threshold)

The hate Whitey house is not flawed. They just need a little affirmative community action and understanding.

Perhaps she is just 'some g... (Below threshold)

Perhaps she is just 'some gal in the neighborhood' and not a personal friend.

You are assuming the White ... (Below threshold)

You are assuming the White House even cares about Vetting. The only vetting they care about is:
1) She is our kind of people.
2) She makes for a good foto-opportunity.
3) Who cares what you people think anyway!






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