Whoopi accidentally pitches Jill Biden as surgeon general
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In a slip-up on “The View” Wednesday, Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi GoldbergOn The Money: Treasury, SBA to disclose small business loans of 0K and above | Apple closes stores in states with spikes in coronavirus cases | Artists call on Congress to help club and concert venues during pandemic Artists join call to Congress to help club and concert venues during pandemic Joy Behar walks back remark calling Trump a 'domestic terrorist' on 'The View' MORE suggested Jill Biden, who has a doctorate in education, be appointed surgeon general if her husband wins the 2020 presidential election, calling her a “hell of a doctor.” 

The moment came amid a conversation Goldberg and other co-hosts on the show were having about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE’s performance in the Democratic primary after he won multiple states on Super Tuesday. 

“We have to move on about Biden’s big win last night, and this group of people at the table rarely agree on anything, but we were all holding out for Biden and said not to count him out,” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainJerry Falwell Jr. placed on indefinite leave Falwell Jr. apologizes for viral vacation photo: 'Just in good fun' Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo MORE said during the discussion. 


“We got a lot of criticism because we said don’t count him out. So 'The View' was a little right — just saying,” she continued.

Then, shortly after the co-hosts began discussing potential running mates for the former vice president with ABC News correspondent Jon Karl, Goldberg began, “I’m hoping Dr. Jill becomes the surgeon general, his wife.”

“Joe Biden’s wife. She would never do it but, yeah, she’s a hell of a doctor. She’s an amazing doctor,” she went on, earning some scattered applause from the audience.

The moment drew brief pauses from some of the co-hosts until Sunny HostinSunny HostinSunny Hostin responds to ABC exec's alleged 'racist' remarks about her Chris Wallace to 'The View': Trump had a 'very bad week' for his reelection prospects Chris Christie says US can't allow virus to control reopening timeline MORE responded, “She’s a teacher but might be good for [Education Secretary] Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosStudents at school system Pence called 'forefront' of reopening now in quarantine The Hill's Coronavirus Report: GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani says DC policymakers need to do more to support ventures and 'solo-preneurs'; Federal unemployment benefits expire as coronavirus deal-making deadlocks Democrats look to go on offense in debate over reopening schools MORE’s post.” 

“Yes, perfect,” Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharJohn Bolton says he has no 'fear' of testifying under oath about Trump Joy Behar walks back remark calling Trump a 'domestic terrorist' on 'The View' Meghan McCain lauds Trump ad roasting Pelosi over ice cream-themed interview: 'A kill shot' MORE cut in soon after.



Goldberg acknowledged the slip-up later during the episode, saying, “I was wrong about his wife. I was wrong, before you start texting and emailing.” 

Jill Biden earned her doctorate in education at the University of Delaware in 2007. She currently teaches English at Northern Virginia Community College and has been outspoken in the past about education issues. 

She also captured attention last month after she declared her husband’s administration would “get rid of Betsy DeVos,” the current secretary of Education, if he succeeds in winning the White House later this year.