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Could Caroline Kennedy be America’s next president?

Touted as Hilary Clinton without the baggage, rumors are rife that Caroline Kennedy could become America’s next president. Although the main reason for her return to the States is to write her memoir, insiders suggest John F. and Jackie Kennedy’s daughter could be aspiring to something greater: “The presidency is on her mind, believe me,” an insider told the New York Post.

According to the Post, an inside source said Kennedy will be putting her hat in the ring for a New York congressional or senate seat, following in the footsteps of her late uncle Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. While sources declined to admit her precise plans, 2018 would be the earliest the liberal democrat could target the seat of New York’s junior Democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand, or Carolyn Maloney, the liberal Democrat representing Kennedy’s 12th district.

Kennedy previously contended for the US senate seat left vacant when Hilary Clinton became Secretary of State, but dropped her bid for ‘personal reasons.’ However, if she should choose to campaign, she certainly has the funds to do so. Bloomberg and CNN estimating her net worth between $80 million and $500 million. Whereas the Post states her annual income is between $12 million and $30 million from Kennedy trust funds.  

Making her Mark

Appointed as the first female US Ambassador to Japan in 2013 by Barack Obama, Kennedy, 59, felt the skepticism of many who believed she did not have the experience to fill the role. However, relations between the two countries has much improved under Kennedy, with her contribution being described as ‘historic’ by chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, Yoichi Funabashi.

Stepping down after President Donald Trump ordered all political appointees to leave their posts by his inauguration day, Kennedy referred to her time in Tokyo as ‘the greatest privilege’. According to assistant secretary at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, Kennedy transformed herself from a celebrity into an influential public figure and statesman. One who was trusted, listened to, and respected, he said.

Serving on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations, Kennedy has also published several books. ‘In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action’ written in 1991, in collaboration with Ellen Alderman, aimed to show why the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution was written. Kennedy and other family members created the Profile in Courage Award in 1989, to be given to public officials whose actions demonstrate courageous leadership and she is president of the Kennedy Library Foundation and also an advisor to the Harvard Institute of Politics.

A Child in the Spotlight

Born in 1957, Kennedy was only five years old when her father was assassinated. Having spent much of her time in the White House as a child, she was already considered a media darling, but after John’s death the family found the paparazzi continuously hounding after their photographs. Jacqueline originally moved Caroline and her little brother John Junior back to their hometown of Georgetown, but after their house became the town’s tourist attraction, they moved to a penthouse apartment in New York.

Kennedy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College at Harvard University in 1980, and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1988. She had some dreams of becoming a photojournalist and even went to cover Elvis Presley’s funeral in Gracetown, but found she could not be a journalist as her own celebrity made it impossible to report on events, without becoming the focus of them. She married Edwin Schlossberg in 1986, and they have three children together.  

Drawn to Politics

In 2008 Kennedy wrote a New York Times piece entitled ‘A President Like My Father’ in response to Barack Obama’s election campaign. She was among 35 national co-chairs of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and made appearances in Nashua and Manchester to campaign for him. Now that she is back in the United States, there is speculation of her return to electoral politics. According to the Post, although the Kennedy’s family history has been somewhat scandalous at times, she is still less controversial than Clinton. If Kennedy does choose to run in the 2020 election, there is a chance she could become the United States first ever female president.   

Sources: (1), (2), (3).



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