- - Sunday, March 8, 2020

Jill Biden has a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Delaware, and she never lets the American people forget it. Mrs. Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, insists on being referred to as “Dr.” Biden. Her Twitter handle is @DrBiden. The press has largely acquiesced: Even though it has persistent trouble referring to actual pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson as “Dr.” Ben Carson, it is rare indeed to ever see a reference to Jill Biden without “Dr.” preceding her name.

There’s nothing wrong with being proud of one’s educational achievements, of course. But Mrs. Biden’s unrelenting insistence on being called “Dr.” sometimes leads to confusion. Just the other day, on “The View,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg suggested that Mrs. Biden should be the country’s next surgeon general. “She’s a hell of a doctor. She’s an amazing doctor,” Whoopi mused.

Mrs. Biden would likely not be tapped to be surgeon general. But perhaps another holder of a Doctor of Education degree could get the post. How about “Dr.” Bill Cosby?

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