Marco Rubio Thinks It’s ‘Pathetic’ That Obama Apologized To Art History Majors

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) really wishes President Obama wouldn’t have tried to smooth things over with art history majors.

An art history professor at the University of Texas defended the discipline after Obama said last month that “folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.”

Obama quickly qualified the comment by telling the crowd in Wisconsin that “there’s nothing wrong with history. I love art history.”

The President wrote a personal letter to the professor this week apologizing for his “off-the-cuff remarks” — a mea culpa that Rubio thinks is “pathetic.”

The Florida senator made his displeasure known in a tweet on Wednesday.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: