Caroline Kennedy was received as the US Ambassador to Japan a week ago. Ms. Kennedy’s appointment was observed by many to be a reward for her throwing the Kennedy “brand” behind Barack Obama in the 2008 election. Unfortunately the brand may now be diminished by that association, especially as Obama’s presidency seems to be unraveling even as Ms. Kennedy steps out of the carriage at the Imperial Palace.
Caroline’s a nice woman, blessed with her mother’s grace and beauty. However, she has done nothing other than be born a Kennedy to merit an ambassadorial appointment. I wonder how JFK would reconcile his suffering in World War II with his daughter having tea with Emperor Hirohito’s son.
Then we had the return to the headlines of Michael Skakel, nephew of Ethel Kennedy. Mr. Skakel was released on bail after a Connecticut judge granted him a new trial in the death of Martha Moxley. Skakel was convicted of the 1975 murder of Ms. Moxley back in 2002.
While not a direct descendent, this was the wrong week for Skakel’s “Kennedy connection” to show up on the news.
Next we had former Congressman Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) leading a group called Bay State Repeal which seeks to reverse the legalization of marijuana. Patrick Kennedy is quoted by State House News Service as saying that marijuana contributes directly to mental illness.
Has anyone watched “Reefer Madness” lately?
Friday’s observance of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination was meaningful to octogenarian liberals like this reporter. Unfortunately we also learned that most people under the age of 60 really didn’t care much about the anniversary in particular or JFK in general. Most of them were either too young to remember JFK or were born long after his death in Dallas.
In twenty years’ time JFK and Camelot will have faded from memory.
We may not notice this fade quite so much here on Cape Cod. JFK was intimately connected to our peninsula and still looms large in local tourism. However the further away from the Northeast you travel the less connection there is to JFK.
The immoral conduct of more than a few of the other “younger generation” of Kennedys has further diminished the mystique.
Reboot or shut down?
Meanwhile, Joseph Kennedy III tries to build a political career on the crumbling ruins of Camelot. Perhaps he can re-boot the franchise.
Or perhaps the rest of the Kennedy descendants will just go quietly into the night.