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Marco Rubio: Obama apology to art professor 'pathetic'

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Wednesday mocked President Obama's apology to an art history professor as “pathetic,” and suggested the president should encourage young people to take more vocational courses.

“Pathetic Obama apology to art history prof,” tweeted the Tea Party favorite. “We do need more degrees that lead to #jobs.”

Rubio's tweet came a day after Obama backtracked from recent remarks critical of students seeking art history degrees and apologized to a history professor.

“Let me apologize for my off-the-cuff remarks,” Obama wrote to Ann Collins Johns, a University of Texas professor, who questioned the president’s remarks in an email.

“I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history,” said the president. “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 controversy was sparked by a speech in Milwaukee in January, in which Obama encouraged students to take vocational classes he said would be more practical than art history if they hoped to find jobs after graduation.

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

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