Time Magazine reports:
Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks and possible 2020 presidential candidate, just got a round of applause while speaking to students at Purdue University on Thursday. The problem is, he had to ask for it.
“The cost of an education here will be less expensive in nominal dollars in 2020 than it was in 2012. Congratulations,” he told the crowd. “You gotta clap for that,” he added after a long pause.
The awkward moment comes almost exactly three years after Jeb Bush, who sought the Republican nomination for President in 2016, asked a similarly quiet crowd to clap.
No one clapped for an applause line about the cost of education at Perdue so Howard Schultz prompted the audience to clap pic.twitter.com/wlLVFR5fyp
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) February 7, 2019
— Alp Ozcelik (@alplicable) February 7, 2019