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Kennedy on the presidential campaign trail
Kennedy spoke during the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on August 25, 2008, introducing her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy. Caroline Kennedy DNC 2008.jpg
Kennedy spoke during the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on August 25, 2008, introducing her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy.

On January 27, 2008, Kennedy announced in a New York Times op-ed piece entitled, "A President Like My Father," that she would endorse Barack Obama in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. [59] Her concluding lines were: "I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president—not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans." [60] [61]

Federal Election Commission records show that Kennedy contributed $2,300 to the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign committee on June 29, 2007. She previously contributed a total of $5,000 to Clinton's 2006 senatorial campaign. On September 18, 2007, she contributed $2,300 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign committee. [62]

On June 4, 2008, Obama named Kennedy, along with Jim Johnson and Eric Holder, to co-chair his Vice Presidential Search Committee. [63] (Johnson withdrew one week later.) Filmmaker Michael Moore called on Kennedy to "Pull a Cheney", [64] and name herself as Obama's vice presidential running mate (Dick Cheney headed George W. Bush's vice presidential vetting committee in 2000—Cheney himself was chosen for the job). [65] On August 23, Obama announced that Senator Joe Biden of Delaware would be his running mate. Kennedy addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, introducing a tribute film about her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy. [66] The Topps trading card company memorialized Caroline Kennedy's involvement in the campaign by featuring her on a card in a set commemorating Obama's road to the White House. [67]

Kennedy was among the 35 national co-chairs of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. [68] On June 27, 2012, Kennedy made appearances in Nashua and Manchester, New Hampshire, to campaign for the re-election of President Obama. [69]

There was media speculation that she might become a possible candidate for the 2020 Presidential primaries and election [70] [71] [72] but this did not come to pass.

United States Senate seat

In December 2008, Kennedy expressed interest in the United States Senate seat occupied by Hillary Clinton, who had been selected to become Secretary of State. This seat was to be filled through 2010 by appointment of New York Governor David Paterson. [73] This same seat was held by Kennedy's uncle Robert F. Kennedy from January 1965 until his assassination in June 1968, when he was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. [74] Kennedy's appointment was supported by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, [75] State Assemblyman Vito Lopez, [76] New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, [77] former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, [78] and the New York Post editorial page. [79]

She was criticized for not voting in a number of Democratic primaries and general elections since registering in 1988 in New York City [76] and for not providing details about her political views. [78] In response, Kennedy released a statement through a spokeswoman that outlined some of her political views including that she supported legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, was pro-choice, against the death penalty, for restoring the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, and believed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) should be re-examined. [80] [81] On foreign policy, her spokeswoman reiterated that Kennedy opposed the Iraq War from the beginning as well as that she believed that Jerusalem should be the undivided capital city of Israel. [82] [83] Kennedy declined to make disclosures of her financial dealings or other personal matters to the press, stating that she would not release the information publicly unless she were selected by Governor Paterson. [84] She did complete a confidential 28-page disclosure questionnaire required of hopefuls, reported to include extensive financial information.[ citation needed ]

In an interview with the Associated Press, Kennedy acknowledged that she would need to prove herself. "Going into politics is something people have asked me about forever", Kennedy said. "When this opportunity came along, which was sort of unexpected, I thought, 'Well, maybe now. How about now?' [I'll have to] work twice as hard as anybody else..... I am an unconventional choice..... We're starting to see there are many ways into public life and public service". [85] In late December 2008, Kennedy drew criticism from several media outlets for lacking clarity in interviews, and for using the phrase "you know" 168 times during a 30-minute interview with NY1. [86]

Shortly before midnight on January 22, 2009, Kennedy released a statement that she was withdrawing from consideration for the seat, citing "personal reasons". [87] [88] [89] Kennedy declined to expand upon the reasons that led to her decision. [87] [90] One day after Kennedy's withdrawal, Paterson announced his selection of Representative Kirsten Gillibrand to fill the Senate seat. [91]

United States Ambassador to Japan (2013–2017)

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Kennedy makes her first statement after arriving at the Narita International Airport on November 15, 2013.
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In Tokyo Imperial Palace

On July 24, 2013, President Obama announced Kennedy as his nominee to be United States Ambassador to Japan to succeed Ambassador John Roos. [92] [93] The prospective nomination was first reported in February 2013 [94] and, in mid-July 2013, formal diplomatic agreement to the appointment was reportedly received from the Japanese government. [95]

On September 19, 2013, Kennedy sat before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and responded to questions regarding her potential appointment. Kennedy explained that her focus would be military ties, trade, and student exchange if she was selected for the position. [96] She was confirmed in October by unanimous consent as the first female U.S. Ambassador to Japan [97] and was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry on November 12. [98] Kennedy arrived in Japan on November 15 [99] and met Japanese diplomats three days later. [100] On November 19, NHK showed live coverage of Kennedy's arrival at the Imperial Palace to present her diplomatic credentials to Emperor Akihito. [101]

In December 2013, she visited Nagasaki to meet with survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing of that city. [102] On August 5, 2014, she attended a memorial ceremony for victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; she was the second U.S. ambassador to attend the annual memorial. This was her second visit to Hiroshima, having visited in 1978 with her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy. [103] [104]

In February 2014, Kennedy visited the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, the site of the large military bases of United States Forces Japan, and was received by protests against the American military presence and placards with "no base" written on them. The protesters are opposed to the American military presence citing various concerns over sexual assaults and the environmental impact of the base. [105] Kennedy subsequently met with Okinawa's governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, who was re-elected in 2010 in opposition to the base. She pledged to reduce the burden of the American military presence in Okinawa. [105]

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Kennedy in October 2014

In April 2015, Kennedy visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which displayed the impact from the 1945 atomic bombing. Kennedy called her visit a "solemn honor" and also planted dogwood trees on a road, participating in a U.S. project to spread 3,000 dogwood trees across Japan. [106]

On August 6, 2015, Kennedy accompanied US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Rose Gottemoeller to the memorial for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States in World War II. It marked the 70th anniversary of the bombing, and Gottemoeller became the first senior American official to attend the annual memorial. [107] Kennedy was only the second US ambassador to attend. With representatives of 100 countries in attendance, Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe reiterated Japan's official support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. [108]

Kennedy resigned as the United States Ambassador to Japan shortly before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. She formally left Japan as Ambassador on January 18, 2017. [109]

In May 2021, it was reported that President Joe Biden was seriously considering nominating Kennedy as the United States Ambassador to Australia, [110] [111] and in July 2021 CNN reported that she would be nominated. [112]

Works published

Kennedy and Ellen Alderman have written two books together on civil liberties:

On her own, Kennedy has edited these New York Times best-selling volumes:

She is also the author of A Family Christmas, a collection of poems, prose, and personal notes from her family history (2007, ISBN   978-1-4013-2227-4). In April 2011, a new collection of poetry, She Walks In Beauty – A Woman's Journey Through Poems, edited and introduced by Caroline Kennedy, was published. She launched the book at the John F Kennedy Library & Museum at Columbia Point, Dorchester, MA.

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29th United States Ambassador to Japan
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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
United States Ambassador to Japan
Succeeded by