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WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg Nominates Biden’s Wife For Surgeon General. There’s One Small Problem.
Whoopi Goldberg arrives at 55th Annual CLIO Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on October 1, 2014 in New York City.
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On Wednesday, in her eagerness to jump on the Biden for president bandwagon following former Vice President Joe Biden’s strong showing in the Super Tuesday primaries, Whoopi Goldberg of “The View” posited that Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, should become the Surgeon General of the United States.

One problem: Jill Biden is not a doctor of medicine; she has a doctorate in education.


During a discussion with the panel of prospective candidates for a Biden cabinet, Goldberg enthused, “I’m hoping Dr. Jill becomes the surgeon general, Joe Biden’s wife, he would never do it, but she’s a hell of a doctor. She’s an amazing doctor,” prompting co-host Meghan McCain to start to point out the truth. Goldberg then backtracked, “I could be wrong. I thought she was —,” followed by co-host Sunny Hostin explaining, “She’s a teacher, but, you know, might be good for Betsy DeVos’ post.”

Fox News pointed out, “Dr. Jill Biden received her doctoral degree in education leadership from the University of Delaware in 2007. Although her husband’s health has become a topic of discussion in 2020, the former second lady does not have experience working as a physician.”

Goldberg later turned to the audience, laughing, “I was wrong, before you start texting and emailing.”

Prior to Goldberg’s miscue, ABC’s Jonathan Karl told the panel that he didn’t think Biden had made any promises to any of the erstwhile presidential candidates about positions in a Biden administration, but then added, “Clearly these are going to be important people going forward; Pete Buttigieg, the moment of maximum influence, he used it; he supported Biden. Klobuchar is almost certainly going to be on the short list for vice president; I don’t know if she’s ultimately going to be his running mate, but she’ll be on that list.”

In April 2019, as reported by The Daily Wire, after a former Democratic Nevada state senator came forward to accuse Joe Biden of inappropriately touching her at a campaign rally in 2014, Goldberg defended Biden, asserting:

Listen, in the old days we would call Joe — some folks of a certain age would say he’s a little ‘overly familiar. But most politicians when they’re doing this with you, they are. Joe is a hands-on kind of guy. I’ve never heard anyone —She says she felt violated. I have to take her at her word. But it would have been nice if she turned to him and say, “You know what, I don’t really like this. Please don’t do this, Mr. Vice President. I’m not comfortable with this” — something, because he’s standing right there”

Co-host Joy Behar said, “Though it’s hard to say to somebody’s who’s sniffing your hair.

Goldberg replied, “No, it’s not if somebody touches you inappropriately.”

She later added,: “I want women to get to the place where they can say, ‘Hey, you just made me uncomfortable.’ This idea that you have to tiptoe away from this, or you have to carry it. You do not have to carry it. If someone makes you uncomfortable, tell them. He came down to do you a favor; he was at your fundraiser. You had every right to say … ‘Don’t do that Joe’ … You have to stop … mischaracterizing stuff.”