Obama nominates former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as US ambassador to Japan

  • Article by: BRADLEY KLAPPER , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 24, 2013 - 8:10 PM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating former first daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Japan, offering the most famous living member of a prominent American family a new role of service to country.

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gemie1Jul. 24, 13 4:27 PM

What are her qualifications besides her last name being Kennedy. Why is it that some people get rewarded for being involved in the political process when it is our basic civic duty? That region has a lot of issues and Caroline Kennedy has no experience and there is much more qualified people for that position. The people in New York State did not want Caroline Kennedy to represent them.

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flatstanleyJul. 24, 13 5:04 PM

I am finding it very difficult to believe that the only qualifications for being an ambassador is that they are good at fund raising. Really, was this the best candidate for the job?

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buskahJul. 24, 13 5:52 PM

Does she speak Japanese? How many years has she been in the Diplomatic Corps? Money and political connections do not make up for inexperience! Diplomacy is a discipline that takes a lifetime to learn; nobody should start their diplomatic career being the ambassador to one of our most important allies. I am so tired of the United States government being for sale! Transparency? Indeed!

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forpeopleJul. 24, 13 8:01 PM

One has to feel sorry for Japan. Caroline Kennedy does not have the skills required to be a good ambassador and poor Japan is stuck with her. When attorney Sam Kaplan from Minnesota was appointed as ambassador to Morocco, it was apparent that it didn't much matter. Morocco isn't that important anyway. Now we've got Caroline Kennedy, another lightweight, on the way to Japan. Poor Japan. There is nothing quite like the insult of a lightweight ambassador.

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