It would be interesting to know what the thought process was behind the decision not to have the first black president participate in the shovel part of the ceremony for the first national museum dedicated to African American history; heck, Obama is African American history!
If it follows the advice of a committee, Smithsonian museums will be buried under a new layer of procedural requirements for public input whenever a cautious curator flags a proposed exhibition as "sensitive."
How did Clough analyze the potential damage from the political, cultural and religious firestorm that erupted over his order to remove one work from the National Portrait Gallery's provocative, gay-themed "Hide/Seek" exhibition?
Monday's news that the Andy Warhol Foundation may pull the plug on all future support for Smithsonian exhibitions is just the latest example of out-of-proportion responses by defenders of artist David Wojnarowicz's work.
In the second half of the 20th century, well over 40 percent of U.S. prosperity was the result of scientific and technological advances, and science and technology continue to be the key to the jobs that so many Americans need.