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originally posted by: odzeandennz
how about we the people choose qualified people to run the country instead of celebrities and 'ideologists' for a change.
On July 24, 2013, President Obama announced Kennedy as his nominee to be United States Ambassador to Japan to succeed Ambassador John Roos. The prospective nomination was first reported in February 2013 and, in mid-July 2013, formal diplomatic agreement to the appointment was reportedly received from the Japanese government.
On September 19, 2013, Kennedy sat before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and responded to questions from both Republican and Democratic senators regarding her potential appointment. Kennedy explained that her focus would be military ties, trade, and student exchange if she was selected for the position. She was confirmed in October by unanimous consent as the first female U.S. Ambassador to Japan and was sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry on November 12. Kennedy arrived in Japan on November 15 and met Japanese diplomats three days later. On November 19, NHK showed live coverage of Kennedy's arrival at the Imperial Palace to present her diplomatic credentials to Emperor Akihito.
In December 2013, she visited Nagasaki to meet with survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing of that city. On August 5, 2014, she attended a memorial ceremony for victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; she was the second U.S. ambassador to attend the annual memorial. This was her second visit to Hiroshima, having visited in 1978 with her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy.
On January 17, 2014, Kennedy made comments on Twitter that were critical of Japan's practice of dolphin drive hunting, expressing concern about the "inhumanness" of the practice and stating that the United States government opposes drive-hunt fisheries. A senior official connected with the seasonal dolphin hunt invited Kennedy to see for herself that the tradition was painless to the dolphins, but she later said during an appearance on the Today Show that she had "no regrets" for her characterization of the dolphin drive hunting, explaining her opinion was not hers alone. Kennedy was joined by Yoko Ono, Susan Sarandon, and Ricky Gervais in opposition to the practice and calling for an end to the hunt. Some Japanese officials called Kennedy's characterization hypocritical considering the amount of meat that Americans consume.
In February 2014, Kennedy visited the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, the site of the large military bases of United States Forces Japan, and was received by protests against the American military presence and placards with "no base" written on them. The protesters are opposed to the American military presence citing various concerns over sexual assaults and the environmental impact of the base. Kennedy subsequently met with Okinawa's governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, who was re-elected in 2010 in opposition to the base. She pledged to reduce the burden of the American military presence in Okinawa.
Kennedy in October 2014.
Kennedy visited the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in May 2014, accompanied by her son John Schlossberg. The plant had been damaged by the powerful earthquake that occurred in March 2011. Damage caused the release of a radioactive plume that contaminated air and water as far south as Tokyo and led to the evacuation of thousands of U.S. military family members. After the tour, Kennedy stated the U.S. had done all it could to support Japan following the earthquake.
She accompanied Akie Abe on a tour of the USS Olympia on February 12, 2015. Lieutenant Erik Edwards called Kennedy "a terrific representative of her country". In April 2015, Kennedy visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which displayed the impact from the 1945 atomic bombing. Kennedy called her visit a "solemn honor" and also planted dogwood trees on a road, participating in a U.S. project to spread 3,000 dogwood trees across Japan.
On August 6, 2015, Kennedy accompanied US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Rose Gottemoeller to the memorial for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States in World War II. It marked the 70th anniversary of the bombing, and Gottemoeller became the first senior American official to attend the annual memorial. Kennedy was only the second US ambassador to attend. With representatives of 100 countries in attendance, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe reiterated Japan's official support for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Kennedy resigned as the United States Ambassador to Japan shortly before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. She formally left Japan as Ambassador on January 18, 2017
originally posted by: DD2029
I look around at all the possible Democratic Candidates and this the only one that legitimately has a chance at defeating trump in the 2020 election.
So what you say you ATS? Who am I missing if it's not her?
The Ghost of JFK vs The Don in 2020 would make for an epic showdown.
The Democratic Party is in such shambles that they're gonna have to come up with a figure that will be marketable to the public...
and Carolyn Kennedy is that person in my honest opinion. People really loved JFK, and while his daughter may not be the best person for the job, she is the best person to run against Trump.