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Obama sends apology note for art history quip

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:05 AM
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After an art history professor took offence at a comment he made last month, US President Barack Obama sought to make amends - with a handwritten note of apology. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - After an art history professor took offence at a comment he made last month, US President Barack Obama sought to make amends - with a handwritten note of apology.

Last month, Mr Obama - speaking on the economy at a factory in Wisconsin - said "folks can make a lot more, potentially, with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree".

The US leader immediately added, to laughter from the crowd: "Now, nothing wrong with an art history degree - I love art history. So I don't want to get a bunch of e-mails from everybody."

But art history professor Ann Collins Johns at the University of Texas in Austin did feel insulted, and she registered her protest via the White House website.

 
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