Dr. Jill Biden: ‘One of the things I’m most proud of is my doctorate, I worked so hard’

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As we’ve discussed for nearly a full week, Dr. Jill Biden is a well-educated woman and a working woman. She’s worked throughout almost her entire adult life, and she sought and received higher-education degrees along the way, oftentimes taking one class a semester so she could balance everything else. This is a woman with a Bachelors, two Masters degrees and a Doctorate in Education, all of which she earned the hard way, and earned through state universities. All of this triggers flaccid, small, weak misogynists, like Wall Street Journal douchebags and Tucker Carlson, who has made it his new mission in life to mock and denigrate Dr. Jill Biden and all educated women. Last night, President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill sat down for an interview with Stephen Colbert, and Colbert asked Dr. Jill about her work as a community college professor and the misogyny of mocking her degrees.

Well, Dr. Jill is just as gracious as they come. She expressed surprise at that particular attack, the attack on her degrees, saying: “That was such a surprise. It was really the tone of it… He called me ‘kiddo.’ One of the things I’m most proud of is my doctorate. I’ve worked so hard for it.” She also deflected to the reaction to the op-ed, where women came out to speak of their experiences in masters and doctorate programs, and to talk about what their degrees mean to them: “Look at all the people who came out in support of me. I am so grateful. I was just overwhelmed by how gracious people were.” Joe Biden said it was difficult to suppress his Irish-ness in defense of his wife. Honestly, whenever Joe talks about Jill’s degrees and her work, he just beams with pride. Which is so much nicer than all of the limp-d-ck men trying to cut down Dr. Jill.

Speaking of, the National Review actually published this smarmy, elitist, disgusting bullsh-t:

What the f–k is wrong with these pathetic men?

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  1. Soupie says:

    Despicable snowflakes are going to be like this for the next 4 years. They can dish it out but they sure can’t take it.

    I’ll bet Sucker Tarlton didn’t denigrate Amy Coney Barrett, that educated woman! Don’t remember, don’t care enough about him to look it up.

  2. Seraphina says:

    What a breath of fresh air to have Dr. Biden as our first lady. TOTAL POLAR OPPOSITE of the current lame duck first lady. And of course she is proud of her degree, as she should be. It’s no small accomplishment. I have a graduate degree and I too am proud of it. I gave up quite a bit so I could go to class and write research papers and study for exams. I have read posts of people I know tearing it apart and yet these douches don’t have a college degree. Sometimes you have to roll your eyes and keep on rolling.

    • Blondems says:

      I totally agree. I don’t work in academia anymore but you know what? I list my degrees and where I got them from in my email signature. Why? Because I’m hugely proud of my achievements and I earned the right to show ’em off how I choose! With respect to doctorate degrees, I had no idea that there was ‘controversy’ about using them.

  3. Ang says:

    Wow. Just wow. She’s so gorgeous and gracious and wise.

  4. Lary says:

    “slow learners” – aren’t those the Trump supporters??? And community college, while seen as not as good as universities, are sometimes the only way students can get a good education. Also, getting your PhD is f*cking hard! I tried, and gave up so all the power to Dr. Jill!

    • Noodle says:

      @lary, this article pisses me off so much. Many of those “slow learners” were products of systemic racism in school systems, and set up to fail because of the color of their skin, their socioeconomic status, or native language. The role community colleges fill in our communities, preparing and equipping ALL people for educational and professional pursuits, is critical to our society. We need these schools, and their specialized faculty, to prepare students for roles past high school. Those faculty members are highly trained and in many cases, make all the difference in students’ lives. Many of my university students started at the community college, and their time there was critically important to their progress as students and members of society. To demean that, and to imply that they are “less” for going to a community college, is elitist, racist garbage.

      • Esmom says:

        Exactly. Not to mention the insane fact that these are the same people who simultaneously try to screech about the liberal elites with their Ivy League educations.

      • Mac says:

        I graduated from high school at age 16 and attended community college for a year. My professors recognized that I was much less mature and had far less life experience than the other students and really helped coach and guide me. If i had gone straight to a university I would never have made it.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        all four of you – PREACH IT! yes yes yes to all!

      • Larisa says:

        Community colleges are also what the new immigrants often turn to because they can’t afford tuition at universities. As an immigrant, I have so many intelligent friends who got their start at a CC, I don’t want to ever hear another Republican tell me Dems are “elitist” and “condescending”. I’m so incandescent with rage, William would be jealous.

      • harper says:

        And a community college education is still a college education!

        What’s galling is this is coming from NR, which rails against “the elites”. Great! There’s nothing less elite than the local community college. But nope, inherently snobbery comes out.

        I have a community college degree, and I went there even though I was an excellent student and accepted in “better” schools. Why? BECAUSE I WAS BROKE! CC was MUCH cheaper than the local state university, so I saved thousands of dollars those 2 years.

        This elitist “CC is for dummies” crap needs to end because lots of kids would benefit from a much less expensive education for two years.

      • Itsme says:

        @Larisa: 😂😂🤣😂😂. Poor William, I don’t think he will ever live down his incandescent rage😉

    • Oh-Dear, Doctoral Student (EdD), Professor says:

      I think the current stat is that 40% of people who begin one complete a PhD, so yes, they are hard. And consuming.
      I am almost done writing my dissertation for my EdD. There are 2 people in my cohort of 12 who will complete and defend. Everyone in that cohort also works in Education settings, almost all in schools, and this year has made it even more difficult. Three other people who were continuing as of this past spring withdrew because they could not commit the time needed and its was difficult to get enough participants for their research topics because teachers and admin are tired.

      • mynameispearl says:

        Question from an Irish person, what is community college exactly? Is it a bridge between school and university, or is it like Technical college where you can get some A levels and vocational skills? Or is it just university, but not one of the more prestigious ones

        I used to watch a lot of USA High school dramas growing up, you know the ones where they will die if they dont get accepted to Harvard, and they always crack a joke like, oh guess its Capeside Community College for me 🙁 what is it? Is it a uni without as much prestige but lower fees?

        I just cant work out why everyone is so down on a less prestigious place, unless I’m missing something?

      • Noodle says:

        @mynameispearl, community colleges are post-high-school institutions that offer 2-year Associates degrees, as well as vocational and training programs for careers that don’t require a degree.

        Some students enter a community college with the intent to transfer to a 4-year university afterwards. They take classes at the CC that are considered “General education”, like math, English, etc, that they can then transfer to a 4-year school. By doing this, they save a ton of money in tuition, since CCs are much cheaper than a 4-year university. Once they transfer to the 4-year school, they can start in the courses in their major field of study right away, rather than having to take those general education courses at a more expensive school. It also allows time for students to narrow down their career goals, rather than going straight to a 4-year university and changing majors multiple times. Sometimes, for students who didn’t have the best grades in high school, community college offers the opportunity to bring up their grades before transferring. Lastly, for students who have special needs or are non-native speakers of English, CCs are an excellent way to build skills that they can take with them to their future education or careers. Community colleges offer a lot of remedial courses and courses specifically designed for non-English speakers, where students can receive personalized attention and support, which, in a lot of cases, makes it possible for these students to pursue further education or careers.

        Community colleges also offer trade and vocational training, for careers that don’t require a degree. For instance, students wanting to become firefighters or police officers don’t need a degree, but they need training courses that are offered at the CC.

      • lucy2 says:

        The schools near me offer 2 year associate degrees, for professions that require education and training but not a Bachelors degree.
        They also have programs that are basically the first 2 years of a Bachelors degree at a much lower cost than a traditional 4 year university. Both of the local ones here are partnered with a university, so a lot of students do 2 years at community and then transfer in.
        Both near me have done massive campus expansions and program improvements in the past few years, and are pretty well regarded.

      • Itsme says:

        @Noodle: Beautifully stated👍🏻

      • mynameispearl says:

        @noodle Not American but I know if I was community college would probably be my option. I was smart at school, but not like so smart I could probably get a scholarship (more USA tv shows, where the first in class typically gets a scholarship), also my folks didnt have any money.

        It sounds like a great option for people, its very postive that such a high profile person such as Jill Biden will get to be an advocate for them.

  5. Darla says:

    I’m shocked and now it’s starting to look coordinated to me. Yet they had nothing to say about our present first lady posing nude while rubbing one out.

    You can’t make sense of this.

    • Seraphina says:

      The hypocrisy is mind blowing. And the two aren’t even comparable. Goes to show how they view women as well.

    • Esmom says:

      No, you can’t. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. These guys are trolls but their audience just eat this sh^it up. It’s…what’s the word? Oh. Deplorable.

  6. Jane says:

    I find it interesting that the Republicans are coming out and attacking Hunter and Dr Biden, rather than Joe. I mean, I guess I can understand about Hunter, as there’s a lot of scandal surrounding his personal and working life, but Dr Biden is completely above reproach and is going to work really hard on an area that is in dire need of it.

    • windyriver says:

      Interestingly, Jill Biden isn’t the only one who graduated from the University of Delaware; so did her husband. His law degree is from Syracuse Univeristy. Not considered top tier schools in the same way perhaps, as Northwestern (hi there Joseph Epstein!) However, he is in fact an actual professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he’s part of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, but also – has a secondary appointment as a management professor in the Wharton School. His bio page indicates that he’s “currently on leave” from Penn, so it’s an active appointment.


      And what soon to be ex-president of the orange persuasion is oh-so-proud of his Bachelor’s degree from Wharton? I’m not sure why these people would choose education as a hill to fight on (though T did make an issue of whether Obama really attended Columbia), but going after Joe would be tricky. I suppose it could be as simple as trying to denigrate the accomplishments of a prominent woman, practice for the administration to come. If so, interesting that’s the best they could come up with.

      Given T’s business history alone, I wonder if Wharton is proud to be associated with him. And I wonder if guys like Epstein, Carlson, etc. know the first thing intelligent women think when hearing this crap is “small penis”?

  7. kotikinosiki says:

    years ago Dr Condoleeza Rice was Bush’s nat’l security advisor. She had a doctorate in Russian and Russian history. No one winced at all at the fact that she was referred to as Dr Rice. Seriously short memory. Oh wait she was a Republican so its cool.

    • Jay says:

      Great example! If we go back even further, several republican administrations sought the advice of Dr. Henry Kissinger. I don’t recall a whole lot of people bringing up that he didn’t have an M.D.

      This is such a dumb fight to pick, but if it ends up backfiring and accidentally putting the focus on how qualified and prepared Biden’s WH picks are…I’m here for it.

      • Scal says:

        Kissinger did t even earn a PhD-it was a honorary one and he STILL insisted on being referred by title.

        Meanwhile Jill went to u of Delaware and that’s awful because it’s a state school or blah blah blah

      • Angel says:

        As much as I dislike the man, Kissinger earned his PhD, from Harvard.

        Dr Biden is Dr. Biden, full stop. It’s just that men get bent all out of shape about women who have doctorates. It’s this refusal to acknowledge their authority. I know, I have a doctorate (in religious studies) and am Latina. I’ve had plenty of people say to my face “how is that possible?” With all of the racism and sexism that statement applies. So what these men have have pulled does not surprise me one bit.

    • shalla7 says:

      Terrible National Review article. As everyone here has already noted, misogynist and elitist. SMH

      @Scal: It wasn’t just an honorary title. Kissinger attended Harvard where he received his Master’s (1951) and PhD (1954).

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Do not forget about Dr. Henry Kissinger which is one I would love to rube into a couple of Repube faces.

    • lucy2 says:

      The GOP is full of hypocrites, and is grasping as straws because none of their attacks on Biden worked on anyone except trump’s followers.

      My first thought was “oh just ignore them, it’s more dumb GOP nonsense” but then no, Dr. Biden should absolutely stand up for herself, and every other person who has worked incredibly hard and achieved such an accomplishment – especially women. She did something amazing, and did it while raising 3 kids with a busy Senator spouse. She’s freaking Wonder Woman!

  8. Sofia says:

    For all those whining, I would like them to try and get a doctorate and we’ll see how far they get (which I’m going to guess is not much)

  9. Miranda says:

    There are many, many Republicans who, when I hear them speak or read their words, make me think that they would’ve greatly benefited from some remedial reading and writing classes. Instead, they chose to allow family connections and money to secure them places at universities which they were simply not worthy of attending on their own merit. Then the cycle repeats with their own children. That’s how you get a dumbass like Junior parroting his nigh-illiterate father and somehow sounding even stupider. This is nothing more than petty right-wing projection, as usual. Don’t be bitter, Republican men, just get better. Or don’t, it hardly matters. You’re irrelevant and impotent now.

  10. Ann says:

    “Slow learners” in a headline about a community college teacher. How freaking elitist, rude, and hypocritical can these micropeen losers get?? New lows every f’ing day.

    • Josie Bean says:

      Agree, they are elitist, rude, hypocritical and I will add, just plain stupid. Some of the best teachers I have ever encountered were from a community college and they worked hard to get what they accomplished, just like Dr Biden. How anyone can call them “slow learners” beggars belief.

  11. OriginalLala says:

    Come through Dr Biden!!

    I’m happy she saw and felt all the love we sent her, I know all my friends and I who have worked like mad to get doctorates were out in full force on social media about this bullcrap.

  12. Insomniac says:

    Said it before and I’ll say it again: These deplorable types are soooo threatened by smart Democratic women. I do think toxic crap like this is part of the reason Trump got his ass handed to him in November, so I hope these guys keep it up through the Georgia runoffs.

    Also, it’s going to be so nice to see a couple that genuinely loves each other in the White House again.

  13. Jo73c says:

    So they think it’s better to get your degree by paying someone else to write papers and take exams for you *cough*trump*cough* as long as it’s at a fancy college?

  14. SamC says:

    What the f&$* is wrong with these people?! The double standard is ridiculous.
    One of my friends is on faculty at a community college. Her undergrad, Masters and PhD were all done at well regarded private colleges. I asked her why she opted to go that route as she started her career at a pretty prestigious NY university. She said she made more of an impact as a teacher at the community college level. Classes were a bit smaller, she got to teach vs spending hours in meetings, she didn’t want the urgency/stress of publish or perish, and it gave her a better work life balance as her family grew.

    • msromperstomper says:

      I have a doctorate and teach at a community college. This is EXACTLY the reason I’m there. It is so gratifying being able to actually focus on teaching and mentoring students. I am a first generation college student and I am able to help mentor other students with those same backgrounds. It is beyond belief that someone would be ripped apart for doing this kind of work.

  15. Athyrmose says:

    To my understanding, she’s teaching ESL people how to read and write. This is who they’re ridiculing.

    Bar is in Tartarus, under hell.

  16. Murphy says:

    I appreciate you Dr. Biden.

  17. Ni says:

    Imagine being offended by a women’s NAME. Talk about sour grapes. She earned a doctorate but my guy is an illiterate moron… hers doesn’t count!!! Nah nah nah duh duh.

  18. Tiffany says:

    The ‘kiddo’ remark was especially petty and mean spirited.

    That is a term of endearment that President Elect Biden uses with people and has used it a lot with Dr. Biden as well.

    This is straight grasping at straws since they cannot question the Biden’s citizenship.

  19. TeamAwesome says:

    It is easy to teach capable students with no barriers to their learning. Teaching the students who struggle and need you? Its an f-ing art form. Is “slow learner ” what they call anyone who didn’t have daddy’s money to buy their degree?

  20. Starfish says:

    I hate to say this because the personal attacks on Dr. Biden infuriate me so much. I’m a teacher too and I am beyond grateful we will have an educator in the White House, and a voice for our school kids and teachers after Cruella DeVos has been trying her best to harm public schools at the Dept. of Education. I’m worried the Republicans are trying to make this a thing in order to deflect attention away from the horrible cyber attack on the government, and the fact Trump is doing nothing about it-or worse, that he or Jared deliberately let them.

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Wow they just get more and more vile. Sneering at “slow learners” is ableist.

  22. Veronica S. says:

    LOL, I love that they can never get their story straight. Liberals are elitist, but then people like AOC and Jill Biden are idiots for performing working class labor to get by or who must have just scraped by to get their education. And their followers are too uneducated or brainwashed to even examine that discrepancy.

    I went to community college for my first AS and to get most of general credits before I transferred to university. That’s how I managed to get a double Bachelors for only $35K. Not all of us have rich parents paying off elite universities to get us in, and frankly, most of the best professors I had were in community because they actually wanted to be there. Not to mention teaching “remedial English” to “slow learners” takes a hell of a lot more skill than it does to teach clever, talented students who pick things up easily. Being able to break things down for people who’ve had no experience or with learning disabilities is not something everyone can do. They can f*ck off with their intellectual gate keeping.

    God, they must be so mad Biden won this election lol. No more thinly veiled racist dog whistles like with the Obamas. You just gotta go full on with the sexism.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Same! In CA, the CC are great – and the GE classes were much smaller and the whole thing was less expensive (I paid $67.50 per semester in the 90s!!!) Now, I did miss out on some cool parts of college, like living in the dorms and the option to study abroad my 3rd year, but my education was fantastic, and I went on to get a PhD at an elite institution. So suck, all you loser whiny Republicans.

  23. Maggi says:

    I’ve been a hungry student all my life, completing my RN diploma, a degree in science and a masters in philosophy. In all those years and classes, my favorite learning experience was English 100 taken at a community college. The professor was charismatic, engaging and supportive in a way I have not found in other “higher” academic institutions. I would be beyond thrilled to have an educator like Dr. Biden, they are a rare breed.

  24. Julia K says:

    My youngest granddaughter is going to a local community college. She was consistently on the A or B honor rolls for all of high school. She is not a slow learner. She had the maturity to be honest about not being ready to leave home. Also she shines in smaller classes with greater access to teachers. All of her courses will transfer to a four year university. The much smaller financial investment was covered by scholarships. Win-win. She is happy. So glad that Dr Biden sees the advantages of teaching at the community level.

  25. Alarmjaguar says:

    “I’ve been repressing my Irish-ness for a long time.” Damn, I love Joe Biden!

    • mynameispearl says:

      What did he mean by that? I’m Irish so I’m just not sure what he means by repressing his Irishness.

      • Jay says:

        I think he means his temper. The phrase sth ” brought out the irish in me” or “got your irish up” means something that made you angry. It’s a cringe worthy stereotype, sorry!

      • Darla says:

        Yeah his temper, and also, a lot of Irish guys will lay you out for disrespecting their wives. I once witnessed my dad literally lay a guy out right in the street for making a snide comment to my mother. It was something. the entire neighborhood was abuzz but you can bet no one every looked sideways at my mom again. It’s old fashioned and I’m not saying it’s a good thing, but pretty sure that’s what Joe means.

      • mynameispearl says:

        Oh hey no need to apologise, I was just wondering what that meant! Actually didnt realise we were seen as fighters, I think I know most of our national stereotypes (positive and negative/ true and not so true), but that’s a new one for me anyway!

  26. Maya Memsaab says:

    I received my doctorate this year. Passed my viva defense in January, and I was so looking forward to my graduation in June, which was cancelled due to Covid. I was working back home in India, doing a job I didn’t enjoy, when I decided to take a huge risk, quit my job and undertake research in an archive. The research eventually became my PhD proposal, which would take me a further one year to get full funding (tuition fees), which was a LOT as a Non-EU student in the UK. I moved away from my family to a different continent, in my late 20s, quitting my job to pursue a PhD in a completely new subject. While I was so lucky to have full funding for my fees, I worked 3 PT jobs alongside my full-time PhD. I’d wake up at 5 am to go clean at Marks and Spencer, finish at 9 to go teach and then tutor undergrads, and then work on my thesis. The 4 years (a UK PhD is much shorter than the typical 7-8 years in the US), were some of the most difficult, financially stressful, lonely years of my life, but also the most intellectually rewarding, fulfilling and life affirming. Yes, I was perpetually broke and stressing out about my peers moving ahead in my life while I sat in a library producing an 80,000 word document, but I finally felt like I was something that I LOVED.

    I defended my thesis in January and was awarded my doctorate with no corrections. The experience I gained during the PhD has led to being employed at the same university, working as an education deveMy uni is holding in-person graduations for the class of 2020 next year, and walking across that stage to receive my degree will be one of the proudest moments in my life.

    Anyone diminishing a Doctorate – regardless of discipline – is someone who will never understand the love (of not just the person writing it, but it an entire community that supports you as you do a PhD) that goes into it.

    • OriginalLala says:

      Congrats Dr! I got my PhD last year and at my defense, when the examiners had finished deliberating and my supervisor came out and said the words, “congratulations Dr OriginalLala” I burst into happy tears! It’s such a big achievement! When I crossed the stage a few months later to receive my degree I was just beaming non-stop. So much hard work, it’s nearly impossible to describe how hard getting a doctorate is….

    • Thirtynine says:

      That is a great story, and really resonates with me. There is really nothing quite the same as being part of a vibrant learning community devoted to research you are completely passionate about and would make significant sacrifices for. Congratulations on your achievement!

    • april says:

      My cousin has a Ph.D. in aerodynamics and literally works in “rocket science” at NASA. He does not go by doctor at all. He’s very humble about his degree and career, like it’s no big deal at all. I admire him for that. If it were me I’d probably be the exact opposite. Anyway, I have no problem with Jill using “Dr.” and these right wingers are obviously just jealous.

  27. Sayrah says:

    Holy crap… someone actually wrote that she spent a lot of time teaching remedial English to slow learners??? Like they’re not worth teaching? That’s disgusting

    • Jay says:

      Likely these are the same people who like to complain “Why can’t these people speak English?” or “Why can’t these young people get a decent job?” as well as “Why do all these elitist judges come from Ivy league schools?”

  28. Nicole says:

    This is just f*cking embarrassing. This is how we treat our teachers? I work at a University and I see faculty busting their ass, especially this year, to make sure their students get the education they deserve. I can’t imagine it would be much different in community college, as it’s not different in elem/middle/high school. They should be ashamed of themselves!

  29. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    It’s beyond time to merely express disgust. Someone needs to investigate these ‘people’ full time to expose them for exactly what they are. Quit picking up the balls they throw in our court, and instead of putting them in the basket, hurl them back at 100 mph hitting them in the face.

  30. Mina_Esq says:

    Her response was perfect. She is not some insecure, thin-skinned person whose whole world shattered when a bunch of petty men attacked her. In an attempt to make her look bad, they only embarrassed themselves. Dr. Biden is an inspiration. She took care of her family while also pursuing her own dreams, with the full support of her husband. They are the real #couplegoals

  31. El says:

    I wonder how many people screeching about the perceived quality of Dr. Biden’s work said about Melania falsely claiming she had an architecture degree or her supposed fluency in six languages yet reluctance to speak them in public.

  32. Kealeen says:

    In October 2018, I saw Joe Biden speak at a fairly small (about 150 people) dinner/speaking engagement. He did a brief Q&A, and when someone asked him if he was going to run in 2020, he diplomatically avoided answering. My mom, a retired teacher, yelled out from our table, “Then Jill should run!” He looked at my mom, grinned, gave her the finger guns, and said, “You know what, she should!” That will always be one of the coolest moments of my life. Dr. Jill rules.

    • Chrissy (The Original) says:

      What a nice memory. I love that Joe’s so obviously proud of Jill’s accomplishments. And she’s right there supporting him too. Great couple.

  33. Keroppi says:

    I want to be Dr. Jill Biden when I grow up!!

    I have a Master in Education and am seriously considering going back to school, but was worried that it was too late and not sure if I could juggle that with a family. She is inspirational!

  34. GamerGirl says:

    I want every intern that works with/in the same orbit as that trash author to walk into his office and call him “kiddo.” Because apparently that’s totally fine and respectful.

  35. Zantasia says:

    @MyNameIsPearl: community college is a more affordable way to get the general requirements completed towards your Bachelors degree. You can graduate from CC with an Associates degree, and at least in my state, you can apply to the state university and “transfer” your credits and use them towards your bachelors. Honestly, I have a sister who did CC, transferred after getting the Associates, got her bachelors, and went on to get her PhD. We compared our education quality from the first 2 years (I did university) and she had a much better quality education. Mine were “weeder” classes to discourage people from continuing in a major—huge, and all about tests—and hers were about learning. So I think it’s all about the prestige, not the education.

  36. ME says:

    I have a Master’s Degree and still have relatives calling me uneducated (some of which never even stepped foot into a College or University). I say f*ck them. You know how hard you worked and you know your worth.

  37. Oatmeal says:

    I thought the WSJ and NR were full of those never Trumper Republicans

    Well, I guess misogyny is one thing they share with Trump

  38. april says:

    Actually, I just remembered I have an older sister who was an RN, and who complained several years ago about people with Ph.D.s using the title Doctor. She always listened to Fox News and was strongly Republican. So I think this has been going on for years on Fox and amongst Republicans. Republicans think only medical doctors are entitled to use “Doctor.”

    • Jayna says:

      It wasn’t just a debate on the use of the title, though. It goes so much further than that. Between that op-ed and Tucker Carlson’s disgusting follow-up, it is the complete mysognistic, condescending, and sneering tone of their comments. It is outrageous and would never have risen to that level towards a man, ever, or a Republican. I am seething inside. They feel they can stoop to that level because they are older white men, and she is a woman.

      As I said in a previous comment on here, in my community we’ve had several Ph.D. experts used in the legal field here, and they were also professors locally. They were economists.
      They’ve always gone by Dr. So and So, and they were men. That is their preference, and they were unafraid to use that title onward from receiving their doctorate. I’ve never heard one attorney question that title for over two decades. Dr. Henry Kissinger has never been mocked for being introduced as Dr. Henry Kissinger..

      Also, Tucker Carlson’s mocking of her doctorate in education infuriates me even more. Educators are treated with such a lack of respect.

      It’s interesting how much Tucker Carlson mocked her for being introduced as Dr. Jill Biden, when on his show he has often introduced guests as Dr. So and So. They have their doctorate and, apparently, prefer that title. He didn’t ridicule them, did he?

      Here is a compilation of some of those times. I just need to add how much I despise Tucker Carlson. I don’t understand my country any more. I really don’t.


  39. Savannah says:

    Without education, like a DOCTORATE for example, Americans really process information a certain way that Republicans just…love? Lol. Jill is just so classy and smart, and fun. A doctorate makes you a doctor, biatches? Tucker Carlson’s bow tie goes all the way up his prostate. I’m sorry but I’m drunk and commenting on celebitchy.

  40. windyriver says:

    Slightly OT, but if anyone’s interested, members of the Suits cast (minus Meghan) are doing a reunion/game night event on 12/27 as a fundraiser for the Georgia Democrats running for Senate.


    Looks like Star Trek cast members, including George Takei, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton and more, already held a fundraiser, as did cast members from Veep and Hamilton.


  41. GrnieWnie says:

    I figured the douchebag who wrote the original op-Ed was simply uncomfortable with the title himself…because as a “lecturer emeritus” (??!) he clearly wasn’t researching or publishing. Plenty of academics don’t use Dr as a title when teaching (usually students call me by my first name). But an editor or colleague will refer to you as Dr by default. It’s just the standard title, since it’s the entry-level qualification for independent research.

    As for using Dr outside of academia, well, I guess you could argue that it doesn’t serve a purpose. But I go back and forth between academia and professional circles…am I to use Dr in one context and Ms in the other? Its bizarre.

    As for the title Dr only being used to apply to medical doctors, this is just stupidity. Dr is a qualification for teaching and research. It is used around the world. What a stupid thing to try to make an issue out of, because some no-name from nowhere with an honorary doctorate has zero perspective on the title itself.