November 19th, 2013
07:09 AM ET
5 months ago

Caroline Kennedy, Japan, and JFK's legacy

(CNN) – Caroline Kennedy on Tuesday stepped before an emperor and into a new global limelight, along a path paved by her father.

Arriving at Tokyo's Imperial Palace in a maroon horse-drawn carriage, the 55-year-old presented Emperor Akihito with her credentials to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

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Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan
November 12th, 2013
06:07 PM ET
5 months ago

Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan

Updated 8:33 p.m. ET, 11/12/2013

(CNN) – In a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the State Department, Caroline Kennedy was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

The event was closed to media, but the State Department released a photo showing a smiling Kennedy dressed in a simple black dress, her right hand raised, her left resting on what looked like a Bible held by her husband, Edwin Schlossberg. Nearby, their son John "Jack" Schlossberg looked on, wearing a dark suit, hands in pockets, his shock of dark hair an uncanny reminder of his deceased uncle, John Kennedy Jr., Caroline's brother.
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Caroline Kennedy appointed ambassador to Japan
October 17th, 2013
12:49 AM ET
6 months ago

Caroline Kennedy appointed ambassador to Japan

(CNN) – Caroline Kennedy was confirmed late Wednesday as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan, after being nominated by President Obama in July.

She is the last surviving member of former president John F. Kennedy's immediate family.

Kennedy replaces John Roos, who assumed the role in 2009 and was the first American ambassador to attend commemoration ceremonies for the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

After receiving degrees at Harvard and Columbia, Kennedy served in a variety of roles at nonprofits, including the John F. Kennedy Library and the American Ballet Theatre. She has said she will resign from her non-profit positions upon taking up her new role.

Kennedy was a top supporter of President Obama and co-chaired his vice president search committee in 2008.


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New peek into Caroline Kennedy's wealth
August 19th, 2013
06:07 PM ET
8 months ago

New peek into Caroline Kennedy's wealth

Washington (CNNMoney) - Disclosure forms filed by Caroline Kennedy, nominated to become U.S. ambassador to Japan, give a rare glimpse at the vast wealth of one of the most high-profile players in Democratic politics.

The forms tally her net worth as high as about $280 million, according to CNNMoney's analysis of the documents. It's hard to get a more precise figure because the forms require nominees to disclose their money in broad categories.

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Obama to nominate Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan
July 24th, 2013
03:54 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama to nominate Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to Japan

Updated 5:14 p.m. ET on 7/24

(CNN) – Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy and a prominent Democratic backer, was nominated by President Barack Obama Wednesday to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

She would become the first woman to hold the post if she's confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A top supporter of Obama's, she served as the co-chair of his vice presidential search committee in 2008.
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Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? Maybe
April 1st, 2013
09:04 AM ET
1 year ago

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? Maybe

(CNN) – Caroline Kennedy has been asked to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Japan and is being vetted for the post, a Democrat familiar with the discussions told CNN on Monday.

Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, was a top backer of President Barack Obama during both of his presidential campaigns and served as the co-chair of his vice presidential search committee in 2008.
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Sources: Obama picks for ambassadorships include top donors
February 28th, 2013
01:36 AM ET
1 year ago

Sources: Obama picks for ambassadorships include top donors

Washington (CNN) - Major donors of President Barack Obama are leading candidates for ambassadorships, Democratic sources tell CNN.

Marc Lasry, founder of Avenue Capital Group and a key Wall Street backer of Obama during the election, is the leading candidate for ambassador to France, according to two Democratic sources.

The Lasrys were passionate supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary campaign, but became big Obama bundlers in the last election cycle.

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Filed under: Caroline Kennedy • President Obama
September 6th, 2012
11:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Video: Kennedy's daughter, grandson in an exclusive CNN interview

(CNN) - Caroline Kennedy and Jack Schlossberg, the daughter and grandson of former President John F. Kennedy, spoke to CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley in an exclusive interview from the Democratic National Convention floor.

In an op-ed for CNN.com published on Tuesday, Schlossberg urged his generation not to abandon Obama and "throw in the towel now."

"Just because our politics and government can disappoint us sometimes doesn't mean we should forget how far we've come," he wrote.


Filed under: 2012 • Caroline Kennedy • President Obama
Photo: Caroline Kennedy at JFK ceremony
Caroline Kennedy remembers her father at a Capitol Hill ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy's inauguration.
January 20th, 2011
02:45 PM ET
May 28th, 2009
09:12 PM ET
5 years ago

NYT: Bill Clinton holding grudge against Ted, Caroline Kennedy

In an article in an upcoming issue of New York Times Magazine, former President Clinton discusses his wife's new role as the country's top diplomat.
In an article in an upcoming issue of New York Times Magazine, former President Clinton discusses his wife's new role as the country's top diplomat.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Bill Clinton's campaign-year resentment of President Obama is a thing of the past, according to a lengthy profile of the former president in Sunday's New York Times Magazine - but he hasn't quite come to terms with the Kennedy family's decision to back Obama over Hillary Clinton during the primary season.

Clinton reportedly has yet to make his peace with Sen. Ted Kennedy and the Massachusetts senator's niece, Caroline, over their high-profile endorsements of Barack Obama during the primaries.

The Times, also citing unnamed sources, says Clinton harbors hard feelings toward New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who held several posts in the Clinton administration but who chose to endorse Obama instead of Hillary Clinton.

The former president has adjusted to his wife's new role on the international stage. "She used to look forward to me coming home from wherever I've been," Clinton says in the magazine article. "Now I'm afraid I'll be second fiddle to whatever world leader she's just met.

Later, he added: "... We've reversed roles."

Clinton also made clear that his vast network of global contacts and knowledge of world affairs is always available to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "'If she asks, I tell her what I think,'" the former president says in the profile. "And if there's something that's going on that I feel that I have particular knowledge of, I say that.'"

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