February 1, 2014
VIRGINIA POSTREL: Obama Fails Art History and Economics.
It was the cheapest of cheap shots because, as I noted in a column two years ago, almost no one majors in art history. Art history majors account for less than 0.2 percent of working adults with college degrees.
It was also a cheap shot because art history isn’t a major naive kids fall into because they’ve heard a college degree — any college degree — will get you a good job. It’s an intellectually demanding major, requiring the memorization and mastery of a large body of visual material, a facility for foreign languages, and the ability to write clearly and persuasively. And it’s famously elitist. . . .
If the president had been serious about his message, he would have compared learning a skilled trade to majors that are actually popular, such as communications and psychology. It would have been much braver and more serious to take on the less-rigorous majors that attract lots of students. But it wouldn’t have gotten a laugh.
Bravery is not one of President Obama’s hallmarks.
UPDATE: From the comments:
First he snubs Mike Rowe as a candidate.
Now he is making Mike Rowe’s point as a lame duck.
Mike Rowe for President: it is a dirty job and someone has to do it.
I’d vote for him, I think.