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Rubio: Obama’s art history
comment apology ‘pathetic’

New York Post, by Geoff Earle

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Posted By:Drive, 2/20/2014 8:04:32 AM

WASHINGTON — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a possible GOP contender for the White House, has blasted President Obama for apologizing to an art historian after questioning the job prospects of art-history majors. “Pathetic Obama apology to art history prof. We do need more degrees that lead to #jobs,” Rubio tweeted Wednesday. On Tuesday, it was revealed that Obama sent a handwritten apology to University of Texas art professor Ann Collins Johns for remarks he made at a GE factory in Wisconsin suggesting students were better off studying subjects more likely to land them jobs than studying art history.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: chillijilli, 2/20/2014 8:15:59 AM     (No. 9739493)

What´s pathetic is that we have reason to question whether Obama made the whole thing up. The very elite Punahou high school in Hawaii currently does not offer a single Art History course and one wonders whether it ever did.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/20/2014 8:39:00 AM     (No. 9739522)

I took Art HIstory at the University of Texas and it was AN ELECTIVE! I loved it but for gosh sakes I never would have considered getting a degree in Art History. What would I do with it?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/20/2014 8:45:13 AM     (No. 9739536)

I doubt that 0bama knows a Rembrandt from a Monet. Have we ever seen him in an art gallery? His remarks were gratuitous, as always.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pineledger, 2/20/2014 8:56:59 AM     (No. 9739549)

The Boy-king of Small Brain strikes again.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Screwgun, 2/20/2014 9:07:12 AM     (No. 9739564)

"Art Major" is a synonym of "barista".

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Reply 6 - Posted by: fitzroy, 2/20/2014 9:24:12 AM     (No. 9739583)

Studying the greatest treasurers of Western Culture is not a waste of time. It is an essential element of conservatism. But we have turned our whole educational system into job training, and it now churns out people who are both uneducated and unskilled. Meanwhile the fine arts have become the plaything of liberals with disastrous results.

The arts are our greatest tool for preserving our culture and instructing our children. It´s no wonder that people who can´t grasp that are losing the culture war.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: brianod1, 2/20/2014 9:44:20 AM     (No. 9739611)



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Reply 8 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/20/2014 9:44:26 AM     (No. 9739612)

Need more degrees that lead to jobs? What jobs? What degrees?

I have an English degree (Classical Studies minor). A co-worker has an Engineering degree, another was an Annapolis grad w/Engineering degree. Our boss´ degree was in Geology. We all worked in the same department in a large multinational corporation on Wall Street.

I think it´s more important that you successfully completed college with good grades than what your major was.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: brianod1, 2/20/2014 9:49:36 AM     (No. 9739616)

....as I was saying, those students who love art and have talent should not be dissuaded from study art history - they will likely find a path, albeit a circuitous one, to a satisfying career. We are human beings, after all, not widgets. I am 100% for more education in the trades for high school students, with a focus on same in local community colleges for local industry.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Intentional, 2/20/2014 10:00:56 AM     (No. 9739642)

I came to faith in Christ in an Art History class at a community college. A semester of viewing the great works of art depicting the life of Christ lead me to a crucial decision point. The day before the final as the instructor flashed slide after slide of the great works of art I realized either Christ was who He said He was or most of history and culture was based on a lie. I chose to believe.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 2/20/2014 10:23:26 AM     (No. 9739690)

Back in the 1930´s - - my grandmother was absent-mindedly crossing a street in Brooklyn when a trolley car came along. She was pulled out of the way by a man who was an art historian.

An uncle of mine almost lost two of my cousins in an apartment fire - - but they were rescued by - - yes - - an art historian.

My sister and her husband were on the verge of divorce - - when a neighbor helped pull them back together - - and they´ve spent the last 20 years happily together. Yes - - that neighbor was an art historian.

I´m sure there are thousands of similar stories out there. What would my family have done without these brave and dedicated art historians? God bless them all.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Felixcat, 2/20/2014 10:25:42 AM     (No. 9739694)

Art degree or engineering degree. Why is the President of the United States even getting into these discussions? And why is Senator Rubio etting caught up in them? DO we noy have more serious issues to discuss?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/20/2014 10:34:18 AM     (No. 9739710)

I just remembered that I do know someone who worked in "manufacturing." My late mother-in-law.

She worked on an assembly line at American Can Company when they had a factory in Brooklyn. She was born in 1917 - and made a decent living (union job/benefits) with just an 8th grade education.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: peterfleming, 2/20/2014 10:35:19 AM     (No. 9739711)

What´s really pathetic is Tea Party Turncoat Traitor Rubio, is trying to get public attention on this Lo-Fo level.
Like his crazed, aging buddies, McCain and commie Schumer, they should all keep quiet and go away to a rest home on their luxurious federal elite medical plan.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: farmwife, 2/20/2014 10:51:23 AM     (No. 9739735)

Obama owes an apology to virtually every American, especially conservatives for stupid, thoughtless, or deliberately nasty things he has said. But it appears that it is only of concern to him that an art history professor might be offended. Sheesh!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Corndoggies, 2/20/2014 11:10:04 AM     (No. 9739765)

My daughter in law has a degree in Theatre. From Purdue. Seriously. What is she doing with that degree? Making me beautiful grandchildren. Not that there´s anything wrong with that.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: jackburton, 2/20/2014 11:22:52 AM     (No. 9739786)

I rather think art history has a place in liberal arts education.

´Women´s studies´ and ´(various ethinic group)studies´ and LGBT Literature studies however...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 2/20/2014 11:55:55 AM     (No. 9739828)

Ever notice that Obama only makes apologies when he mistakenly speaks the truth? He never apologies for all his lies.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 2/20/2014 12:23:18 PM     (No. 9739869)

My daughter is an art teacher. She specializes in art history, because it illustrates (literally) how people have dealt with social and cultural change. For the most part, she wants to show her students that beauty can carry people through troubled times.

Her thinking isn´t especially popular with many of her peers, who want art to be upsetting -- like a call to arms.

Of course, there´s room for both sides. I just hope Obama stays out of it.


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Reply 20 - Posted by: EQKimball, 2/20/2014 3:17:58 PM     (No. 9740122)

Our nation´s CEO has time to fritter playing golf, picking basketball teams in the NCAA tournament, hanging out with celebrities, weighing in on conversations at the water cooler, giving his opinion on the Oscars, etc. You. would almost think he had no executive experience, that his idea of a leader is being the coolest guy on campus. But I don´t suppose any of our adversaries have noticed.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: KTWO, 2/20/2014 3:39:32 PM     (No. 9740142)

Obama really didn´t deserve it this time.

It was a silly incident. Rubio shouldn´t be wasting time on it. O and Ms. Johns already have wasted enough.

It is a fact of life; if you speak you will be misunderstood. The listeners knew what Obama was saying, look ahead and prepare yourself accordingly.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: billa, 2/20/2014 5:30:29 PM     (No. 9740293)

It is astounding how incredibly stupid and or naive these politicians are and clearly know zippo regarding art history and the hundreds of opportunities this knowledge brings to a variety of careers.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: ocjim, 2/20/2014 7:52:10 PM     (No. 9740423)

Just more evidence that Obama is merely the spokesman --- often the misspokesman for the regime.

ValJar ´´Barry dear, please do feel free stay out on the golf links longer. We´ll call you when we have a statement for you to emote for the news cycle. As we´ve said before, please don´t wing it... It just creates problems for us. And say, do golfers ever play 27 or 36 holes in an outing??? No law against that, eh? Oh, and one more thing, please, please check with us before you go golfing on very green courses in drought-stricken Cali, ok. Thanks, dear.´´

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