Jill Biden says she was surprised by a recent op-ed that said she should stop using the title “Dr” before her name.
Talk to The late show Host Stephen Colbert in a joint appearance with her husband, President-elect Joe Biden, the future first lady also objected to the tone of the article.
“It was such a surprise,” she says. “That was really the tone, I think… He called me ‘kid’.”
“One of the things I’m most proud of is my doctorate. I mean, I worked so hard for it, ”she added.
Dr. Biden received his Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware in 2007, writing a thesis titled Student retention at community colleges: meeting student needs.
It is common practice in academic circles for those who have earned a doctorate in their area of expertise to use the honorary title before their name. Doctors use the suffix MD.
However, in an article published last week, Joseph Epstein, former editor of American scientist, said she should drop the title because she is not a doctor.
the le journal Wall Street column ran under the title: “Is There a Doctor in the White House?” Not if you need an MD. ”
The first line reads: “Madam First Lady – Mrs. Biden – Jill – kiddo: a little advice on what may seem small but I think it is not without importance. Any chance you dropped “Dr” before your name? “Dr. Jill Biden ‘looks and feels fraudulent, not to say a comic book.
Ms Obama wrote in an Instagram post: “For eight years I have watched Dr Jill Biden do what many professional women do – successfully handle more than one responsibility at a time, from her teaching duties to her official duties at Home her roles as mother, wife and friend.
“And right now we are all seeing what happens to so many professional women as well, whether their titles are Dr, Mrs, Mrs or even First Lady: too often our achievements are met with skepticism, even derision,” she continued. . “After decades of work, we are forced to redo our evidence.”
Highlighting accusations of sexism against the future first lady, Mr Emhoff noted: “This article would never have been written about a man. Ms Harris said she was deeply disappointed that such an article was given legitimacy in 2020.
Mrs. Clinton simply tweeted, “Her name is Dr. Jill Biden. Get used to it.
Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson took the criticism further this week, saying that her doctorate means “basically nothing” and that the future first lady was a doctor in “the same sense as Dr Pepper”.
He also said that her motivation for securing the title was “status anxiety” and viciously called her “borderline illiterate”.
In the interview, Mr. Biden recalled fondly that his wife had achieved her academic goal: “I got to present her with her doctorate on the University of Delaware stage. She had two master’s degrees, she went to school all the time while teaching at night.
“So what happened was I said, ‘Jill, why don’t you get a PhD and make us some money? “She gets her doctorate and gets a raise of $ 2,000.”
Dr Biden said she was overwhelmed by the “gracious” support she had received.
Mr Colbert joked, “Do you think it might be a little compliment that people were trying to think of something to criticize you? ”
“OK, I’ll take it like this,” she laughed.
Dr Biden will be the only first lady to date to also hold a full-time paid job, as an educator. She also taught the eight year old when she was second lady.