(screenshot via Marco Rubio on Twitter)

There comes a time when an American politician has to stand not for what’s popular, but what’s Right, what’s True. Earlier today, Marco Rubio posted the above message on, a website where coastal elites make fun of America and abet their corrupt mainstream media cronies. Rubio, a Republican Senator from Florida, is among the few in a courageous homestead of truth-makers, the little #TCOT TweetDeck on the Prairie, who take to the platform to vent their righteous rage at President Barack Obama, a very bad man. And so this morning, after calling Obama’s recent apology to an art historian “pathetic,” Rubio bravely added: “We do need more degrees that lead to #jobs via @POLITICO for iOS.”

Though Rubio, Esq. — having received his J.D. at the University of Miami — can never earn the privilege of Ted “Fancy” Cruz’s scholarly companionship, he clearly knows his Greek. In this remarkable moment of Twitterary analysis, Rubio identifies that Barack Obama’s conciliatory note to Professor Ann Collins Johns evinces a great deal of pathos, a soothing appeal to emotion that neatly occupies one third of the triad of persuasion identified by Aristotle in On Rhetoric

Either that, or just another day in the political hype cycle, with the discipline of art history hanging in the balance.

Mostafa Heddaya is the former managing editor of Hyperallergic.

5 replies on “Marco Rubio Slams Obama’s Art History Apology”

  1. Well what does anyone expect? This guy lives to pander to the TP, to whom art is a buncha commie queer nonsense etc….

  2. Yes, and this coming from the senator of the state hosting the largest art event in the country each December. Very well thought out comments.

  3. I was an Art History major, and I wish I took more marketing, communications, etc. classes in college. The nature of the job market has changed, and we cant be idealistic about the arts anymore. Yes we can have jobs in the arts, but they are getting smaller and less viable for a lot of people. You can still get a degree in what you care about, but we should also have to take classes in other more technical fields. It’s just how it is now. I don’t think anyone is trying to say we don’t need the arts, but even Obama’s point was that more jobs are in technical fields, and I agree with him (and I never agree with him).

  4. it’s my understanding that art/cultural/media activity – both in NYC and in many other cities/communities – has been well documented to have a significant impact upon the economy – including jobs/salaries, both locally and nationally/internationally…

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