In an interview with “comedian” Stephen Colbert, Jill Biden breaks silence about everyone’s reaction to her “doctorate” degree.
“You once said in your own memoir, ‘The role I always felt most at home in is Dr. Biden,’” began Colbert.
“Now, some people have recently taken upon themselves to question that title of yours. Do you have any reaction to those people?” he asked.
According to The Daily Wire, Colbert referred to a Saturday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by Joseph Epstein’s, “Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.”
Epstein is a former Northwestern University lecturer who also served as an editor of The American Scholar from 1975 to 1997. He argued that the former second lady, who obtained her doctorate in education in 2007 at the University of Delaware, should drop the “doctor” title.
“Yeah, that was such a surprise,” replied Jill Biden.
“It was really the tone of it that I think that — you know, he called me ‘kiddo.’ One of the things I’m most proud of is my doctorate; I mean, I worked so hard for it. And, you know, Joe came when I defended my thesis.”
Joe Biden interjected that he’s proud of his wife having a doctorate. He said that Jill had two master’s degrees yet, still keep going to school while teaching at night. He then suggested that she should get a doctorate and “make us some real money.” Joe claimed that Jill got a $2,000 raise thereafter.
“But look at all the people who came out in support of me,” continued Jill Biden. “I am so grateful. And I was just overwhelmed by how gracious people were toward me.”
Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson was one of the people who unfavorably reacted to Jill Biden, comparing her to “Dr. Bill Cosby.”
Carlson’s comments came after the controversial op-ed written by Epstein. The former lecturer advised Jill to not go by “Dr.” since she is a doctor of education and not of the medical profession.
The Fox News host echoed Epstein’s assessment and mocked Jill Biden. Carlson said that Jill is “a doctor of education, which means basically nothing.”