The Wall Street Journal op-ed questions Joe Biden’s wife’s credentials
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) reacted to the recent criticism of Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, for calling herself a “doctor,” arguing that criticizing her was “not the American way.”
A recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal questioned Jill Biden’s medical credentials, while Fox News Host Tucker Carlson said she is as much a doctor as Dr. Pepper is.
“Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts said the WSJ op-ed was “controversial,” and asked Harris her thoughts on it.
“I was deeply disappointed that in 2020 that kind of approach would be given any legitimacy,” Harris claimed.
“[Because] let’s be clear about it: she worked hard.
“She raised her kids, she went to school, she went to night school.”
“She got degrees, she earned everything she has,” Harris continued.
“That’s the American way. That’s the American spirit,” Harris said.
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“So when there’s anyone who tries to diminish the significance of people who work hard, I think it’s just not the American way, frankly,” she added.
The Wall Street Journal read:
Madame First Lady—Mrs. Biden—Jill—kiddo: a bit of advice on what may seem like a small but I think is a not unimportant matter. Any chance you might drop the “Dr.” before your name? “Dr. Jill Biden ” sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic. Your degree is, I believe, an Ed.D., a doctor of education, earned at the University of Delaware through a dissertation with the unpromising title “Student Retention at the Community College Level: Meeting Students’ Needs.”
A wise man once said that no one should call himself “Dr.” unless he has delivered a child. Think about it, Dr. Jill, and forthwith drop the doc.
Tucker Carlson noted Jill Biden’s dissertation’s numerous errors, saying she needed reading glasses or she is “borderline illiterate.”
Kyle Smith, a writer for the National Review, wrote a scathing piece on the same topic saying the former Vice President’s wife was demanding to be called a “Dr.” because she was “smarting from an inferiority complex.”
Insisting on being called “Doctor” when you don’t heal people is, among most holders of doctorates, seen as a gauche, silly, cringey ego trip. Consider “Dr.” Jill Biden, who doesn’t even hold a Ph.D. but rather a lesser Ed.D., something of a joke in the academic world. President-elect Joe Biden once explained that his wife sought the degree purely for status reasons: “She said, ‘I was so sick of the mail coming to Sen. and Mrs. Biden. I wanted to get mail addressed to Dr. and Sen. Biden.’ That’s the real reason she got her doctorate,” Joe Biden has said.
Mrs. Biden wanted the credential for its own sake. As for its quality, well. She got it from the University of Delaware, whose ties to her husband, its most illustrious alumnus if you don’t count Joe Flacco, run so deep that it has a school of public policy named after him. That the University of Delaware would have rejected her 2006 dissertation as sloppy, poorly written, non-academic, and barely fit for a middle-school Social Studies classroom (all of which it is) when her husband had been representing its state in the U.S. Senate for more than three decades was about as likely as Tom Hagen telling Vito Corleone that his wife is a fat sow on payday. The only risk to the University of Delaware was that it might strain its collective wrist in its rush to rubber-stamp her doctoral paper. Mrs. Biden could have turned in a quarter-a**ed excuse for a magazine article written at the level of Simple English Wikipedia and been heartily congratulated by the university for her towering mastery, which is exactly what happened.
Jill Biden’s dissertation is not an addition to the sum total of human knowledge. It is not a demonstration of expertise in its specific topic or its broad field. It is a gasping, wheezing, frail little Disney forest creature that begs you to notice the effort it makes to be the thing it is imitating while failing so pathetically that any witnesses to its ineptitude must feel compelled, out of manners alone, to drag it to the nearest podium and give it a participation trophy. Which is more or less what an Ed.D. is. It’s a degree that only deeply unimpressive people feel confers the honorific of “Doctor.” People who are actually smart understand that being in possession of a credential is no proof of intelligence.
Smith’s piece can be read in FULL here.