Obama Nominates Caroline Kennedy as Ambassador to Japan
She would be the first woman in the job
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
Caroline Kennedy in a file photo from earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – Caroline Kennedy is finally getting a high-profile thank-you for all the help she has given President Obama over the years: He nominated her to be the next ambassador to Japan today, reports CNN. Assuming the Senate goes along, JFK's 55-year-old daughter will become the first woman to hold the post. (The Washington Post reported a few months ago that the move was expected.)

Given that the US is Japan's biggest economic partner and military ally, it's not exactly a token job, and USA Today finds a skeptic worried about Kennedy's lack of experience. "Japan is in real crisis right now," says the president of the Economic Strategic Institute. "We keep handicapping ourselves in our global diplomacy by putting people into positions who don't know anything about what they are doing." Still, she follows in the footsteps of her grandfather, Joseph, was served as ambassador to Britain.

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Jul 25, 2013 6:02 PM CDT
A fee schedule is being worked up should Mrs. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, who is not actually the daughter of President John F. Kennedy causes further harm to the authentic daughter of President John F. Kennedy and her family. President John F. Kennedy never wed/sexed Jacqueline Bouvier. Born Jewish President John F. Kennedy, who is not related to the disgraced former US Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy & Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy clan, like Rosemary Kennedy, was repeatedly kidnapped and concealed by the Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy clan. President John F. Kennedy's authentic daughter is kidnapped/concealed, trafficked, and continues to be exploited and demanded of to be incommunicado all these decades with her loving and loved British-born husband who is a distant cousin to her. The authentic daughter of President John F. Kennedy does not participate in the one-hand-washes-the-other routine. The authentic daughter of President John F. Kennedy is now a great-grandmother. Her father, similar to Queen Elizabeth II, is now a great-great-grandparent.
Jul 25, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
there could be many scenarios that could place her in danger given the history of kennedy deaths, but the criticism of the "economic strategic institute" is laughable. if japan is in real crisis it was and has been on the watch of experts. Is the gentleman who heads the economic strategic institute jewish
Jul 25, 2013 6:06 AM CDT
She'll look real good as a Geisha. She better practice up on her tea making skills.