Caroline Kennedy: Humbled To Carry On JFK’s LegacyBy: Tobias Roth - September 20, 2013
Caroline Kennedy has been nominated by President Obama to serve as the US Ambassador to Japan. Caroline is the former First Daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Bouvier Kennedy. At 55 years old, she is the only living child of the famous couple. As she awaits confirmation from the Senate, she said that she would be honored to carry on her father’s legacy if she were chosen.
When she was testifying before the Foreign Relations Committee, she discussed issues that are important to her including promoting trade and ensuring strong military ties. She also spoke about her own experience with the New York City public school system and other public service projects that she has been a part of. The nomination comes on the 50th anniversary of her father’s presidency. She wants to focus more on his tenure and the many positive things that he did as president, rather than on his assassination on November 22, 1963, according to CBS News.
Unlike some of President Obama’s other nominations, Kennedy was received with great respect, and she was welcomed with open arms by the Senate. Democrats and Republicans both gave her a lot of positive support, especially New York’s Democratic senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer. Gillibrand took a turn introducing her and praising her high when saying, “In her life, her work, her intelligence and her character, Ms. Kennedy will serve as a shining example.”
She answered questions from both Republicans and Democrats about what she would do if she were elected. The Washington Post mentions that Kennedy returned the love to the Senators that they were continually giving her. When Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, asked her a question about stocking involving whether she would keep the Senate informed of developments on bilateral talks between the United States and Japan, she displayed excellent diplomatic skills.
Kennedy also mentioned to the Senate “If confirmed, I hope to spend even more time with all of you than I have already.” She is humbled to carry on the legacy of her father and explained that she has a great respect for each of the senators as well, knowing what her Uncle Ted Kennedy did while he held the seat. She previously endorsed Obama in the 2008 presidential election and was among the 35 national co-chairs of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
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