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Whoopi accidentally pitches Jill Biden as surgeon general

Greg Nash

In a slip-up on “The View” Wednesday, Whoopi Goldberg 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 Biden’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 McCain 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 Hostin responded, “She’s a teacher but might be good for [Education Secretary] Betsy DeVos’s post.” 

“Yes, perfect,” Joy Behar 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.

Tags 2020 2020 super tuesday Bernie Sanders Betsy DeVos Joe Biden Joy Behar Meghan McCain Sunny Hostin Super Tuesday The View Whoopi Goldberg

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