President Obama recently sent a hand-written note of apology to University of Texas Senior Lecturer in Art History Ann Collins Johns, resolving a flap that began a few weeks previously when, during an event at a GE gas engine plant in Wisconsin, the President emphasized that Americans would be better off if more of them could work in the manufacturing industry. “Manufacturing jobs typically pay well,” he said. And while some young people might not think of the skilled trades as a lucrative career, Obama added, they can probably earn more “than they might [with] an art history degree.”
CNN asked UW CSE’s Ed Lazowska to provide a 650-word written commentary, on 6 hours’ notice. He complied. They rejected it. But through the magic of the interweb, you can read it here.