Whoopi accidentally pitches Jill Biden as surgeon general
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In a slip-up on “The View” Wednesday, Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi GoldbergJoy Behar spars with Meghan McCain: 'I did not miss you' while you were on maternity leave Celebrities react to Tom Cruise COVID-19 rant: 'I've never liked him more' Emmy winner Andrew Cuomo's no good, horrible, very bad month 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 BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries 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 McCainCindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona county's Republican committee debates censuring Cindy McCain Celebrities, Trump supporters react to banning of president's Twitter account 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 Hostin'The View's' Sunny Hostin reveals in-laws' deaths: 'COVID is very, very serious' ICU nurse who was first to get COVID-19 vaccine reports no side effects Mary Trump doesn't think Trump will run in 2024 MORE responded, “She’s a teacher but might be good for [Education Secretary] Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosAzar in exit letter to Trump says Capitol riot could 'tarnish' legacy READ: Departure letter from HHS Secretary Azar to Trump ICE acting director resigns weeks after assuming post MORE’s post.” 

“Yes, perfect,” Joy BeharJosephine (Joy) Victoria BeharJoy Behar spars with Meghan McCain: 'I did not miss you' while you were on maternity leave 'The View' hosts urge Trump to take COVID-19 vaccine publicly Joy Behar advises Fauci to quit coronavirus task force, become cable news 'media darling' 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.