Will there be a doctor in the White House?
The answer shouldn’t be denied – the answer is of course yes. Jill Biden, Joe Biden’s wife, has a PhD. However, if you asked an opinion columnist in the Wall Street Journal, the answer would not be yes. According to the play, Jill Biden’s degree is somehow less valid because it is not a PhD.
The Wall Street Journal statement criticizes First Lady Jill Biden’s use of the title “Dr” for having a PhD in education rather than medicine.
What the contribution of opinion implies is that some grades are more equal than others. Do you remember Animal Farm?
The article, published in the Journal on Saturday, was planned over his attack on Biden, who received her PhD in 2007 and plans to continue teaching during the tenure of her President-elect Joe Biden.
Column writer Joseph Epstein was also accused of patronizing Biden when he labeled her a “child” and suggested that she use the title “fraudulent” and “a touch comic”.
The attack sparked heated debates, and on Monday Michelle Obama joined those defending her husband’s vice president’s spouse.
“For eight years I have seen Dr. Jill Biden do what many working women do – successfully managing more than one responsibility at once, from their teaching duties to their official White House duties, to their roles as mother and wife and Friend, “she wrote in a post on Instagram.
“And right now we’re all seeing what happens to so many professional women, whether their titles are Dr., wife, wife or even first lady: All too often our achievements meet with skepticism, even ridicule.
“After decades of work, we are forced to prove ourselves again,” said Obama.
But it wasn’t just other prominent people who defended her: PhD students who campaigned themselves for Jill Biden’s doctorate and recognized her as as valid as possible.
There are more doctoral degrees than just a medical doctorate, and all of them are valid and deserve respect@WSJopinion You really have this misogynist crap printed?!?!? #DrJillBiden https://t.co/1x9P7aeEBp
– Y’all Means All 🏳️🌈 (@almostdr_obrien) December 12, 2020
And doctoral candidates have been awarded to those who are considered educated and qualified enough to teach in their field. MDs are * doctors * who are one of MANY types of * doctors *. @ DrBiden‘s “Dr.” is just as deserved and valid as any other doctoral student.
– The Tokin ‘Mouse (@songlibah) December 13, 2020
The GOP is concerned out here @ DrBiden She called herself “Doctor” even though she did her PhD from an accredited institution, but they had no problem with it @MELANIATRUMP Lies about a degree in architecture from the University of Slovenia.#BenShapiro#DrJillBiden
– Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) December 15, 2020
Dr. Jill Biden has a PhD in Education and has the right to become a Medical Doctor. In fact, anyone with a PhD, DDS, MD, DO, or Ed.D has the right to be called a doctor. Ben Shapiro never earned either of these degrees. He may have gone to Harvard Law, but his only title is clown.
– Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) December 15, 2020
Dr. Biden worked really hard for her PhD. So if she’s Dr. Jill wants to be called Biden, she will be damn fine. And you can bet your ass if I decide to go back to school for my PhD, I’ll make damn sure people call me a PhD #The view pic.twitter.com/QrEcBckZO8
– Phenomenal black ✊🏾 🌊🌊 Biden / Harris 2020 (@luvwinsresist) December 14, 2020
One final tweet about this attack on @ DrBiden by someone not worth mentioning. That touches a nerve in me. I am so proud of my late wife’s accomplishments! She was a doctor. Of education. Your framed doctorate is worth more to me than my own. #RespectWomen
– Ron Mott (@RonMott) December 14, 2020
Delaware University, where Jill Biden received her PhD, posted a tweet focusing on the legitimacy of the degree.
Biden herself replied indirectly on Sunday when she tweeted: “Together we will build a world in which the achievements of our daughters are celebrated rather than denigrated.”
Northwestern University, where Epstein had taught until 2003, quickly distanced itself from him, saying in a statement that the article “unfoundedly challenges Dr. Jill Biden’s legitimate public claims of her doctoral credentials and expertise.”
Doug Emhoff, husband of elected Vice President Kamala Harris and the country’s first second husband, commented, “This article would never have been written about a man.”