Our close ally Japan absolutely adored the ambassador that President Obama sent them. President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, did wonders for repairing tense relations between the two nations – and made a unique impression with the Japanese people.
A viral video of Ambassador Kennedy, dressed up as Santa Claus and doing a dance from a Japanese television show, was viewed 3.5 million times on YouTube in just a week.
The praise she has earned over the past three years says it all. “She transformed herself from a celebrity into an influential public figure and statesman who became trusted, respected, liked and listened to,” said Daniel R. Russel of the State Department.
“I think most people don’t know about this, but Ambassador Kennedy was an exceptionally tough negotiator,” admitted Japan’s Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida. Perhaps that’s why Trump mocked her on the campaign trail, saying “she’ll do anything they want, anything!”
But so-called President Donald Trump didn’t really care about the degree to which formerly icy U.S.-Japan relations improved under the blooming politico, and promptly fired her. Her last day was Wednesday.
In so hastily dispatching Kennedy, Trump may have cast himself a very formidable and dangerous Democratic political foe. According to The New York Post, Kennedy is now considering entering politics as a 2018 U.S. House or Senate candidate and is already being talked about as a potential candidate for president in 2020 or 2024.
“Caroline had a successful ambassadorial run in Japan and feels really very confident about putting her hat in the ring for a New York congressional or Senate seat, with even possibly bigger political objectives down the road,” said a source familiar with Kennedy’s plans, per The Post. “The presidency is on her mind now, believe me.”
It has been nearly a four decades since a Kennedy actively pursued a national office. Before the tragic death of Robert F. Kennedy – who was leading primary polls at the time – the Kennedy family had an indomitable record in national elections. When he died in 2009, Ted Kennedy was the fourth-longest-serving senator in U.S. history.
Good signs seem to be pointing in Ms. Kennedy’s direction, too. The ultra-right-wing New York Post described Kennedy in a headline as “Hillary Clinton without the baggage.”
We’ve all bore witness to President Trump’s disastrous political debut in Washington, marred by one of the leakiest White House cabinets in memory and a foundering congressional agenda. If the initial accolades enshrining Caroline Kennedy hold fast, Trump’s latest miscalculation is shaping up to be a costly one.