February 18, 2014

"What I did NOT expect is that THE MAN HIMSELF would write me an apology. So now I’m totally guilty about wasting his time."

Says the art historian, who criticized President Obama for disrespecting art historians and prompted him to hand-write her an apology letter:

Ann —

Let me apologize for my off-the-cuff remarks. 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.

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.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

47 comments:

augustus said...

At least he stopped making all our lives worse for long enough to write this note.

augustus said...

Where are the handwritten apologies to the "bitter clingers" or those who have lost their insurance because he lied?

Michael said...

She uses all caps just like Inga. Art people! So expressive!

David said...

Personally, I am outraged.

David said...

But since it's apology night, I am also sorry.

Pogo is Dead said...

"I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history."

He is simply incapable of telling the truth about anything ever.

Drago said...

"I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history."

Too funny.

His comment was precisely targeted at the "value" of an art history degree.

Pogo is right.

Drago said...

augustus: "Where are the handwritten apologies to the "bitter clingers" or those who have lost their insurance because he lied?"

garage and Inga will tell you that anyone who claims to have lost their insurance due to obamacare are LIARS(in all caps most likely).

Just like those darn Kulaks were lying about the mass starvation at the hands of their left-wing masters.

As for those who were called "bitter clingers", well "No apologies for Fascists!"

Titus said...

I like the term bitter clingers.

Drago said...

Titus you have to cut it out.

After you commentary the other day regarding waxing I have already had to adjust my air to air combat thinking away from terms like "getting his tail waxed".

Even worse, I imagine you saying with a Boston accent.

In Hyannis Port.

With the Kennedy's.

Kvetching with the Kenney females about the dirty capitalists destroying our environment.

While explaining why, no, of course we can't have windmills in the ocean off our property. That would just be declasse.

Or something.

chickenlittle said...

Titus said...
I like the term bitter clingers.

What do you think of clitter bingers?

Freeman Hunt said...

I like it.

SOJO said...

The power of fame rears its head. Don't think 90% of the crankiest anti-fame flyovers don't turn into jibbering messes when actually confronted with whatever celebrity.

Barry Dauphin said...

Maybe the president feels that art history is worth $10.10/hr.

I think it's decent of the president to write an apology for the remark, notwithstanding that he probably committed a Kinsleyan gaffe (i.e., said what he believed when he "misspoke").

However, what is it with the supporters of the Prez relentless need to swoon (all caps "the man himself"--oh Gawd, really) and what's with the guilt trip. "Oh, I am not worthy. I wasted his time. I am so insignificant compared to the One! Forgive me, for I have sinned. I took his name in vain!"

I'm agnostic, but I think that conventional religion is a lot better than this weird form of worship from too many of his supporters.

Hammond X Gritzkofe said...

IIRC the whole "health insurance for everybody" thing started as an Obama improvisation to a campaign speech.

Do we all get a hand-written apology note for that?

Inga said...

Michael.
I only use all caps when I'm yelling.

Drago said...

SOJO: " Don't think 90% of the crankiest anti-fame flyovers don't turn into jibbering messes when actually confronted with whatever celebrity."

Links please.

Don't be afraid to show your work.

Drago said...

Inga: "Michael.
I only use all caps when I'm yelling."

Makes sense.

n.n said...

Well, he's right, for once. Now if he could be just as rational with everything else, beginning with a firm rejection of the faith-based article of spontaneous conception, continuing with a firm rejection of left-wing bubble economics, then curtailing the fomenting of "civil wars" followed with preemptive attacks, etc., then he may yet be considered a worthy leader.

Titus said...

I also like the word doppelganger.

Do you know I look in the dictionary every day to come up with a word I will use during the day?

The word limp depresses me.

I walk the streets every day to and from work and I see hundreds of hotties. Hotties running, working the runway, even cross country skiing and the entire experience leaves me incredibly fucking horny and erect-a word I cherish.

I am gay like that.

n.n said...

Barry Dauphin:

As long as it's not subsidized by taxpayers or compensated through printed wealth, then it's an individual choice, and it will not distort the market or cause progressive inflation, respectively.

Titus said...

This seriously happened to me the other day.

I went to lunch in a very cold snowy day and a guy looked at me like he was hungry for hog.

So I looked back but not in an Al Pacino gay cruising way.

He followed me to a parking lot and blew me. He asked if I would videotape it on his phone and I complied. Now I am seriously paronoid that my hog is going to be all over the net.

I am very very private and don't talk to anyone and my fear is someone will recognize my hog or my Prada 2014 winter jacket and hunter boots with tucked in Prada flat fronts.

Titus said...

Lastly, I have fucked girls but I won't eat their pussies.

And I hate cum. When they say they are ready to cum I say move your cock to the left please...thank you.

But some gays can't get enough cum. They want it on their face or mouth or chest. I think about these gays and wonder why I am not like them.

I am a terrible cock sucker too. Like up and down once or twice and done. While other gays suck on it like they are nursing a bottle.

I guess I am kind of straight.....in a way.

CWJ said...

OK, much could be said (but in general I'm with Freeman Hunt's comment credit where credit is due).

But here is my serious question. I clicked through and saw her photograph in what I presume to be her academic togs. I'm familiar with a mortarboard and the European and more self-conscious American floppy hat version of same, but her's appears to be a hexagonal.

Can someone tell me who confers hexagonal floppy hat degrees?

Drago said...

Titus: "I am very very private and don't talk to anyone and my fear is someone will recognize my hog or my Prada 2014 winter jacket and hunter boots with tucked in Prada flat fronts."

Easily the most hilarious post of the day!

elkh1 said...

Waste his time is good. Dear Leader will have less time to play golf and hurt his wrist.

How wouldd she know he actually wrote the letter?

CWJ said...

Sorry. Forgot to edit out the "a" when I changed hexagon to hexagonal.

Humperdink said...

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

Art history in high school? Art yes. Art history no. Wasn't offered in my high school. And it was a huge school.

Irene said...

Humperdink, I had the same thought, but I see his school mentions Art History here. It's a tony place, after all.

I think President Obama, when he was in high school, was more interested in "Social Entrepreneurship."

Pogo is Dead said...

Yeah, he apologized, but not for what he actually said.
Coward.

But Obama voters are a stupid lot, and would swoon even if the letter said Fuck you, art historian..

Humperdink said...

@Irene. I see that in your link.

It states that students need two Visual and Performing Arts credits to graduate. Art history was one of the offerings, as was glassblowing. Tony is an apt description.

CWJ said...

OK. forget my question. I did some googling and found not only hexagonal "tams" but octagonal ones as well. So if two legs bad, four legs good, I guess four sides good, six sides better, eight sides awesome.

I guess my four sided "tam" is now third rate. I feel for those who make do with only a mortarboard.

TerriW said...

Twenty-some years ago back when my brother was an intern for a state rep, he handwrote a lot of the letters from the rep to his constituents.

CWJ said...

Irene and Humperdink,

Good point taken, but were those the offerings in the '70's??

Just saying.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Just because of you, Prof. Johns, the President of the United States had to rush his first putt on the 7th green. How will you ever be able to live with yourself?

Irene said...

CWJ, good point. On the other hand, perhaps classical offerings were more common in the 1970s. I'm a bit older than Obama, and at my high school, Homer was required reading.

William said...

I had to take either art history or music appreciation. I chose art history. It was an interesting course. It didn't serve any useful life purpose, but it was interesting......Not just college, but an awful lot of life is pointless and boring. If you can find a course or an activity that is interesting or fun, you have scored a small tactical victory against the dark forces.....An art history class lasts forever. A programming language course is sometimes obsolete before you finish the semester. What happened to all those craftsmen who learned watch repair.

Humperdink said...

"What happened to all those craftsmen who learned watch repair."

They work for the IRS.

Humperdink said...

Or Homeland Security. Or became ACA Navigators.

chickenlittle said...

Well put, Freeman.

mccullough said...

Why does she think she is guilty of wasting his time? It's up to the president whether or not to read or respond to any letter. He's the one guilty of wasting his time, if this be a waste of time.

This slipshod thinking and writing on her part belies her claim that studying art history helps develop critical thinking and writing skills.

furious_a said...

"Oh, I am not worthy. I wasted his time. I am so insignificant compared to the One! Forgive me, for I have sinned. I took his name in vain!"

Bless Obama's Holy Name. Death to the Blasphemers.

Dude, man up. Your taxes pay his salary.

comatus said...

William, the leading school of watch repair is in Lititz, Pa. I have a young acquaintance enrolled there now. It is fairly hard to get accepted to the school (not like the old matchbook days) and the jobs pay quite well.

For what it's worth -- have you priced a good buggy whip lately?

William said...

Coach used to supply high end buggy whips and harnesses to the, uh, carriage trade. They had a manager who could see the writing on the wall. He used Coach' s expertise in leatherwork to switch over to high end handbags, belts, and wallets. He wasn't,so far as I know, an art history major, but he was the father of Gerald Murphy who was a talented artist....I vaguely suspect that there's some kind of point to be made from this.

Bob Engler said...

STOP THE PRESSES! Dear Leader just took responsibility for something he botched?

It's another sign the apocalypse is upon us.

Willys said...

...'cause there's no history like art history when you're stoned out of your effin' mind.

- Choom

Kernel Bill said...

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.

As opposed to a dishonorable one like Art History, I suppose. Nice going, Obumble, insulting Art Historians yet again.