- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

President Obama wrote a letter of apology to a professor at the University of Texas after he joked that people would be better off learning skilled trades than art history.

“Let me apologize for my off-the-cuff remarks,” Mr. Obama wrote on Feb. 12 to Ann Collins Johns, an art history professor. “I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history. As it so happens, art history was one of my favorite subjects in high school, and it has helped me take in a great deal of joy in my life that I might otherwise have missed.”

The letter comes after the president jabbed art history majors during a speech in Milwaukee last month.


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“Folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree,” he said at the time.

“So please pass on my apology for the glib remark to the entire department, and understand that I was trying to encourage young people who may not be predisposed to a four year college experience to be open to technical training that can lead them to an honorable career,” he concluded in his letter to Miss Collins Johns.

(h/t The Examiner)