Dr. Jill Biden is speaking out regarding the viral Wall Street Journal op-ed that suggested she remove her "Dr." title ahead of entering the White House next year.
Following the piece's publication last week, a slew of influential women—including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bernice King—swiftly defended Dr. Biden, lambasting the essay as being inherently sexist and derogatory toward the soon-to-be First Lady's accomplishments. But last night, Dr. Biden herself had a few words to add.
Appearing alongside her husband, President-elect Joe Biden, for an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Dr. Biden said, "That was such a surprise," and also shared that "the tone" of the piece was the most disappointing aspect of it all.
"One of the things I'm most proud of is my doctorate, you know, I worked so hard for it," she explained. "[But] look at the people who came out in support of me. I am so grateful and I was just overwhelmed by how gracious people were toward me."
Former First Lady and close friend Michelle Obama wrote one of the most moving dedications to Dr. Biden last week amid the public outcry. Taking to Instagram, she shared, "Dr. Biden gives us a better example. And this is why I feel so strongly that we could not ask for a better First Lady. She will be a terrific role model not just for young girls but for all of us, wearing her accomplishments with grace, good humor, and yes, pride."
She continued, "I'm thrilled that the world will see what I have come to know—a brilliant woman who has distinguished herself in her profession and with the life she lives every day, always seeking to lift others up, rather than tearing them down."
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