Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? Maybe
April 1st, 2013
09:04 AM ET
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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.

She’s the only surviving member of JFK's family and has largely shunned the limelight and scrutiny associated with her famous last name. After publicly expressing interest in running for the U.S. Senate seat in New York vacated when Hillary Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, she ultimately decided against making a bid, citing “personal reasons.”

She made speeches at the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions, both times recalling her famous relatives – in 2008, her speech served as a tribute to her uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and in 2012 she noted that “like my father’s election in 1960, this is one of those elections where the future of our country is at stake.”

At Monday's White House press briefing, Obama's press secretary Jay Carney said he had no personnel announcements when asked about Kennedy.

After receiving degrees at Harvard and Columbia, Kennedy served in a variety of roles at New York non-profits, including the John F. Kennedy Library and the American Ballet Theatre.

The current U.S. ambassador to Japan is John Roos, who assumed the role in 2009. He was the first American ambassador to attend commemoration ceremonies for the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He also led America's embassy through the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the ensuing nuclear aftermath.

The United States is Japan's largest economic partner as well as a military ally. The U.S. military presence on Japan's Okinawa island has remained a point of diplomatic tension between the two nations. Some of the island's residents have complained about noise from the base, in an urban area. Many others were incensed by the misconduct of U.S. troops stationed there, including the 1995 rape of 12-year-old Japanese girl by three U.S. military personnel.

Opposition to the presence of U.S. troops in Okinawa runs so deep that it contributed to the resignation of former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in 2010. He had promised to move the base but later announced that the base would stay, a decision he called "heartbreaking."

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soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. El Tejano

    I think she will do just fine in this job she is smart and well educated. I wish her success.

    April 1, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. John Tater

    Judging from the very rare occasions when she has been seen to try to manage something, like her designs on the Senate seat, she has not been impressive. Agree she should be given a ceremonial post if anything, Monaco or something.

    April 1, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Name Uche Agonsi

    If American Presidency, & of course Vice-President( remember Sarah Pauline ) could go to the inexperienced, why not Ambassadorial post. Remember the current NK not only US game.

    April 1, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. james pfeiffer

    What the heck is wrong with people? She would be an excellent amabassador. She is articulate, intelligent, selfless and comes from a long line of world recognized statesmen/women. Instead of promoting our unfortunate plethora of disfunctional politicians as our world representatives, why not offer our quiet, level-headed best for a position that involves careful, objective thinking and artful diplomacy?

    April 1, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Nathaniel

    She would definitely make a good ambassador

    April 1, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. bigfoot

    She should take it and use the position as a springboard to run for and win as the first elected woman president in our history, fulfilling her father's promise.

    April 1, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. abmri60

    She deserves that position.

    April 1, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. bigfoot

    I can't imagine anyone more perfectly aligned to become president.

    April 1, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. Terry Vann

    I wonder if they have an Ambassador for Auto Racing (Grand Prix, other sports car events etc). I'd be interested

    April 1, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. luis noriega

    She will make a wondeful ambassador and hopefully a president of the USA
    She is a non arrogant lady, with the charm of her mother and prensence of her father

    Luis Noriega
    Lima Peru

    April 1, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. telling it like it is

    If her name wasn't Kennedy and she hadn't donated large sums of money to Obama, she would never be considerd for this job. What next? Surely Chelsea Clinton deserves an ambassadorship as well. Politcal patronage at its worse.

    April 1, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Bernadette Artist

    Way to go! Caroline would make a great Ambassador. I wish her luck in any new endeavors moving forward.

    April 1, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. sparky

    Face it, this one's a dud. If she has to be begged to serve, then find another.

    April 1, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Aarbeerb

    First step towards Secretary of State in 2016?

    April 1, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. jaron kadek

    Yawn...another Kennedy...YAWN! 60's!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. rs1201

    that's not a plum ambassorship...the plum ones would be to France or the UK...Japan is not exactly a desirable location.

    April 1, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Dewey

    Spoiled and entitled. Not too long ago she non-chalantly decided that she wanted to be a senator, as if "Well, I'm a Kennedy and I deserve this." Fortunately, saner voices scotched that. Now she wants to be an ambassador. What sort of credentials does she have? Does she know anything about Japanese history, culture, mores, etc? Can she even speak Japanese? How long has she lived in Japan, if ever.

    April 1, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. sgs

    Well said, "telling it like it is." Well said!

    April 1, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Pierce

    Social patronage job.

    I would hate for the job to go to a career diplomat working her way up the ladder.

    April 1, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Kandi

    After sleeping with John Dodge and Michael Beech I thought she would have gotten an ambassador job sooner. Oh, but that was in the very early 70's.

    April 1, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. theoriginaljames

    As far as I know Caroline is the only respectable Kennedy. She did not inherit the maniac gene so predominate in the family.

    April 1, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Hey, rigth wingers. Nearly 40% of George W. Bush's ambassodor appointees went to big ticket political donors with no previous experience in politics. 40%. That's nearly 4 out of every 10 appointees.

    Google this name "Robert H Tuttle" and tell me who he is. The guy before him raced horses, William Stamps Farish III.

    April 1, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Al-NY,NY

    Rudy NYC

    Hey, rigth wingers. Nearly 40% of George W. Bush's ambassodor appointees went to big ticket political donors with no previous experience in politics. 40%. That's nearly 4 out of every 10 appointees.

    Google this name "Robert H Tuttle" and tell me who he is. The guy before him raced horses, William Stamps Farish III.

    the rightie response???................crickets....."Obama bad...nothing more to say"

    April 1, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. vr13

    Why is she even considered to a diplomatic position? No diplomatic experience whatsoever and foreign politics experience either. The fact that she is the only survived child of a president shouldn't matter – we don't inherit offices down the family line in this country. Or do we? Shame.

    April 1, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. Christina Galindo

    I do not have anything against this person, she is blessed being a former us president's daughter, but we need to
    have experienced personnel for any, any foreign post. We need to recover our immaculate global politic relationships.

    April 1, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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