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Federal worker who confronted Obama hears back from the White House (Video)

Karin Korpowski-Gallo, who confronted President Obama this week about losing her job with the National Zoo, said Friday that she’s scheduled to speak soon with the White House Presidential Personnel Office about the possibility of a new government job.

Korpowski-Gallo, who is slated to lose her job early next month, heard back from White House aides after Obama said he would investigate her situation during a town hall meeting hosted by CBS News on Wednesday.

“When this all happened to me, I never once thought there was no light at the end of the tunnel, I definitely thought there was going to be something on the other end,” she told CBS’s “The Early Show” Friday morning. (Watch video of her interview above or here.)

“I completely lucked out that the situation was so huge for me,” she said. “I speak for a lot of Americans who are out of work and frustrated. I just have to say, keep the faith and know that there is something at the end of the tunnel.

“I think something great will happen whether I met President Obama or not,” Korpowski-Gallo said.

She’s one of seven National Zoo employees slated to lose their jobs next month amid years of budget shortfalls at the government-run zoo.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.


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