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Barack Obama writes grovelling
apology after being taken to task by
art history professor for suggesting
that degree in subject was pointless

Daily Mail [UK], by Anna Edwards

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/19/2014 7:38:35 AM

Barack Obama has penned a handwritten apology to an angry professor after suggesting that learning a trade would be a better career choice than studying for an art history degree. During a speech at a General Electric plant in Wisconsin, the President said that ´folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.´ He was inundated with letters from art historians and journalists all furious at his remarks - but one professor´s comments caught his eye - and he sent a handwritten apology to her.

Groveling? No. Defensive? Yes. Sincere? No. Hypocritical? Yes.

We´ve seen some of the new art work replacing the tasteful pieces of previous occupants. The only taste he has is for wagyu beef.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/19/2014 7:45:30 AM     (No. 9738103)

FTA: "´As it so happens, art history was one of my favorite subjects in high school".

Of course it was. Hahahahahahahha

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pinger, 2/19/2014 8:00:38 AM     (No. 9738127)

His statement is arguably the first true and accurate thing he´s uttered in the past five years and he end´s up apologizing for it. What a dufus.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 2/19/2014 8:05:05 AM     (No. 9738133)

I met an Art History grad a few years ago. After looking for a job and living off his girlfriend for more than a year, he finally found work driving a city bus, while servicing his $100K loan debt. His girlfriend kicked him out.

He would have been better off driving the bus for 4-5 years and saving the $100K for his own place.

Universities continue to encourage students to major in areas where they know no jobs are available, accumulating massive debt while doing so. As long as the profs get paid, who cares, right?

Oh, and by the way, The Messiah is an idiot.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 2/19/2014 8:05:08 AM     (No. 9738134)

I´m surprised Obama even knew that there is a profession called art historian. More surprising is that he seems to think that a young person wants or needs to make money. If Obama and Congress keep regulating American businesses and taxing them so much that they go out of business, there won´t be any reason to go to college.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: rmagnus, 2/19/2014 8:09:24 AM     (No. 9738141)

I´m waiting for my apology for his endless lying and destructive policies.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/19/2014 8:29:34 AM     (No. 9738167)

FTA: "And in response, Obama wrote to clarify that he was making a point about the jobs market, rather than commenting on the value of the subject, according to the Huffington Post. He also wrote that art history had been invaluable in teaching him to appreciate works of art."

I´ll wager that 0bama doesn´t know squat about art, or art history. Furthermore, Nancy Pelosi was pushing 0bamacare on the grounds that it would make one free to be an artist. Is 0bama not aware of that?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 2/19/2014 8:41:24 AM     (No. 9738175)

I´m sure if we met Øbama would definitely think he´s better than me since he´s Harvard Law and makes more money as First Occupier of the Oval Office. I´m a mere mortal with an MS in Engineering Science.

I´ll stack my lowly engineering degree against Øbama´s Harvard Law any day. I´m definitely smarter. I´m not Harvard Law but married someone who is.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: web, 2/19/2014 8:47:50 AM     (No. 9738185)

Leftists must always grovel and apologize after mistakenly telling the truth. It offends their god.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: farmwife, 2/19/2014 8:55:21 AM     (No. 9738197)

This man has said so many despicable things about conservatives over the years without once backtracking. But let an art history professor complain and he whips right into apology mode.

Boo, hiss!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/19/2014 9:13:46 AM     (No. 9738226)

What manufacturing? Most of ours has gone to China.

I majored in graphic design and minored in art history. Not because I wanted to make a career out of it (teaching and museum jobs) but because I loved it, especially the Impressionists and Van Gogh.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Udanja99, 2/19/2014 9:16:33 AM     (No. 9738230)

One more thought - if zippy loved art history in high school it was probably because most of the classes involve dark classrooms and slide shows. Perfect for napping after a few hits on the old choom.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: rochow, 2/19/2014 9:28:06 AM     (No. 9738259)

Micro managing once again when the world is burning everywhere, from Venezuela to the Ukraine....I forgot, he is leading from behind!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: joew9, 2/19/2014 9:29:43 AM     (No. 9738262)

I´ve known several art history grads.
One became an accountant by going back to college for several more years.
She´s doing well.

The rest are still playing bass in bands.
Not lead guitar.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: linkay6, 2/19/2014 9:30:13 AM     (No. 9738264)

Why doesn´t he write a groveling apology (sincere) to America and resign!!!!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Winmag, 2/19/2014 9:34:36 AM     (No. 9738273)

How about this for a worthless degree, African American studies.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 2/19/2014 9:38:14 AM     (No. 9738284)

What Zippy said is outrageous.

Throughout my life - - whenever I´ve had to overcome difficulties and roadblocks - - I´ve turned to a local art historian.

Whether it´s a broken-down relationship - - or a broken-down car - - the art historian is always there to help.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Ruhn, 2/19/2014 9:46:50 AM     (No. 9738291)

Spoken from someone who has never run a business, barely worked in the private sector and zero executive experience prior to becoming ´Preezy´.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: MamaElephant, 2/19/2014 9:58:25 AM     (No. 9738307)

Full disclosure: I have a degree in Art History. It´s not a field you can work in without a Master´s degree and it´s rife with silly liberals. It´s not a super practical major and not a good idea if you need to support yourself and others with solely this credential. I also have another, more practical degree.

So here´s my take on what Obie´s problem is, regarding these remarks: He is incapable of promoting something positive without putting down something else as having a lesser value. He cannot promote saving without denigrating a vacation to Las Vegas. He cannot say that vocational education or technical manufacturing skills are worth acquiring without putting down an arts degree. It´s one rhetorical crutch among many that this president regularly leans upon.

In his defense, I would remind everyone that he´s not very bright, and George Clooney was coming over to screen that Monuments Men movie, so obviously that´s why "Art History Degree" occurred to him, rather than, say, "Master´s Degree in Puppetry", which we can all remember as the favored field of Occupy types.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/19/2014 10:10:44 AM     (No. 9738319)

Great comments, #18.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 2/19/2014 10:30:01 AM     (No. 9738345)

Speaking of worthless degrees, I vote for any major ending in "studies."

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Reply 21 - Posted by: chillijilli, 2/19/2014 10:31:07 AM     (No. 9738347)

Hmmm. I just spent some time reviewing the official 2014-2015 Course Listings for the very elite Punahou High School in Hawaii from which Obama graduated in 1979. There are plenty of Studio Arts classes and an Art & Letters English course---but not a single Art History course is listed in their entire current curriculum.
Isn´t it curious that the school would discontinue a course that made such an indelible impression on a future President of the USA?
Now just how do we get access to the 1976-1979 curriculum??? Silly me, I´m so cynical that I wonder if...

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Reply 22 - Posted by: harper, 2/19/2014 12:32:45 PM     (No. 9738519)

We have to support degree studies such as these because they are a necessity for the survival of communism in universities. It cannot survive on it´s own because the harsh light of reality destroys it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 2/19/2014 1:12:25 PM     (No. 9738564)

first, there are fields of study that are worthwhile in their own right if you really love that field regardless of future earnings. I have been greatly benefited by Victor Davis Hanson - among others - in their historically-based insights on current situations from their studies of ancient wars and civilization. We´d be a poorer society in many ways without such people and I´m grateful for what they bring us. If you truly love great art - and I´m not so inclined - and feel a calling, go for it.
But be aware you may be working as a bus driver or barkeep unless you are truly extraordinary. The love of learning is worth something, and we can argue over the substance of that ´something´.
these "studies" programs are present because of demand. Part of the demand is for people in the IQ range below the 10-12 top IQ range that really belongs in college, to get SOME kind of degree. And that is, in turn, because the HR departments of too many companies, HEAVILY overpopulated by homosexuals and lesbians and other fools, are often demanding at least a Associate Degree from a local community college, in order to get a job counting fuzz on caterpillars, and certainly as a first level supervisor. Have seen it many times. And that sort of idiot credentialism is, in turn, a response to litigious applicants who charge racism, sexism, and various other "ism´s" when turned down for jobs.
the art history ´professor´ is getting into some turf protection, which is probably understandable self-defense.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: mossley, 2/19/2014 1:44:11 PM     (No. 9738609)

Art history is a valid degree - if you can afford to pay for it upfront. You´ll never make a living off of it unless you complete a doctorate and can get a teaching job. Only a fool would go into massive debt for a degree like that. Most of the liberal art degrees are worthless in the job market. The programs exist for the sole purpose of lining the pockets of university administrators by fleecing gullible students who could never pass a real major and providing jobs to liberal friends of said administrators.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/19/2014 1:59:03 PM     (No. 9738639)

Art History is about what?

The history of art...and once you learn the basics who gives a rats behind...unless you want to become an Art History Major/Professor.

So what´s the point...the skill is basically useless! Make a product or something dude, at least you are contributing to society vs. chasing BS.

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When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

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