Caroline Kennedy is 'humbled to carry father's legacy'
By Donna Cassata, APWASHINGTON--Former first daughter Caroline Kennedy coasted through a Senate confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, promising to carry forward John F. Kennedy's legacy with humility.
September 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
The soft-spoken Kennedy told the Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that if confirmed, she would work to strengthen the crucial bond between the United States and its Asian ally on trade, the military and student exchanges.
Japan is the U.S.'s fourth-largest trading partner and is home to the Navy's 7th Fleet and 50,000 American troops.
With her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, son, Jack, and daughter Tatiana seated nearby, Kennedy said she understood her responsibility to uphold the ideals of her father — “a deep commitment to public service, a more just America and a more peaceful world.”
Her father served in the Pacific during World War II, battling Japanese forces. The daughter, seeking the diplomatic post for a fierce enemy-turned-friend, said that if confirmed, “I would be humbled to carry forward his legacy in a small way and represent the powerful bonds that unite our two democratic societies.”
She noted the significance of her nomination 50 years since her father's presidency, focusing on his tenure rather than on his assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
Kennedy faced gentle questioning from Republicans and Democrats on the committee, signaling that she faced no obstacles to confirmation. Several senators said she would make a “great” ambassador.