Will there be a doctor in the White House?
The answer should not be disputed – the answer is obviously yes. Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden has a doctorate. If you were to ask an opinion columnist at the Wall Street Journal, however, the answer would not be yes. According to the piece, Jill Biden’s diploma is somehow less valid because it is not a medical doctorate.
The Wall Street Journal’s opinion piece criticizes incoming presidential wife Jill Biden’s use of the title “Dr.” because she is pursuing a doctorate in educational sciences instead of medicine.
What the opinion implies is that some degrees are more equal degrees than others. Do you remember Animal Farm?
The newspaper article, published on Saturday, was slammed for its attack on Biden, who received his doctorate in 2007 and plans to continue teaching during the tenure of her husband President-elect Joe Biden.
Columnist Joseph Epstein was also accused of patronizing Biden when he called her a “boy” and suggested that she use the title was “fraudulent” and a “touch cartoon.”
The attack sparked a heated debate, and on Monday Michelle Obama joined the ranks of those defending her husband’s vice president’s wife.
“For eight years, I’ve seen Dr. Jill Biden do what many professional women do – successfully manage more than one responsibility at a time, from her teaching duties to her official duties in the White House to her roles as a mother, wife, and friend, “she wrote in a post on Instagram.
“And right now we all see what also happens to so many professional women, whether their titles are Dr., Lady, Lady or even First Lady: Too often our accomplishments are skeptical, even mocking.
“After decades of work, we are forced to prove ourselves again,” Obama said.
But it wasn’t just other prominent people who defended her: Medical Doctors, themselves, appeared to support Jill Biden’s doctorate, crediting it as valid as it gets.
There are 👏🏻 more 👏🏻 doctorate degrees 👏🏻 than 👏🏻 only 👏🏻 a 👏🏻 medical 👏🏻 doctorate 👏🏻 and 👏🏻 they 👏🏻 all 👏🏻 are 👏🏻 valid 👏🏻 and 👏🏻 deserve 👏 🏻 respect‼ ️@WSJopinion are you really letting this misogynistic shit get it printed?!?!? #DrJillBiden https://t.co/1x9P7aeEBp
– Everyone means 🏳️🌈 (@almostdr_obrien) December 12, 2020
And doctorates have been given to those who are educated and skilled enough to teach in their field. MDs are * doctors * who are one of MANY types of * doctors *. Do, @DrBiden“Dr.” is as earned and valid as that of any other doctoral student.
– The Tokina Mouse (@songlibah) December 13, 2020
The GOP is concerned here @DrBiden calling themselves “Doctor” even though she has a doctorate from an accredited institution, yet they had no problem @MELANIATRUMP MENTI on a degree in architecture from the Univ of Slovenia.#BenShapiro#DrJillBiden
– Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) December 15, 2020
Dr. Jill Biden has a doctorate in education and is entitled to be named a physician. In fact, anyone with a PhD, DDS, MD, DO or Ed.D is eligible to be named a physician. Ben Shapiro has never earned any of those degrees. He may have gone to Harvard Law, but his only title is Clown.
– Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 15, 2020
Dr. Biden has worked hard for her doctorate so if she wants to be called Dr. Jill Biden than she will be damn good. And you can bet your ass if I decide to go back to school for my doctorate, I will definitely make sure people call me Doctor #The view pic.twitter.com/QrEcBckZO8
– Fenomene Nigra iden 🌊🌊 Biden / Harris 2020 (@luvwinsresist) December 14, 2020
Last tweet about this attack @DrBiden of someone not worthy of being mentioned. This gets on my nerves. I am so proud of the accomplishments of my late wife! She was a DOCTOR. Of education. Her framed doctorate is worth more to me than mine. #Respectful Women
– Ron Mott (@RonMott) December 14, 2020
Delaware University, where Jill Biden earned her doctorate, posted a tweet, focusing on the legitimacy of the degree.
Biden herself responded indirectly on Sunday when she tweeted, “Together we will build a world where our daughters’ achievements will be celebrated instead of slandered.”
Northwestern University, where Epstein taught until 2003, quickly distanced itself from him, saying in a statement that the article “throws an undeserved claim about Dr. Jill Biden’s rightful public claim about her doctoral certificates and competency.”
Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the country’s first second husband, remarked, “This article would never have been written about a man.”