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Caroline Kennedy: From Princess of Camelot to U.S. ambassador

November 21st, 2013
06:04 AM ET

By Lucky Gold, CNN

Imagine a world where an American princess grew up to become America’s newest ambassador.

Among all the images of the Kennedy Presidency, perhaps the most enduring and endearing are of a father.

Before he became the leader of the free world, JFK played peek-a-boo with Caroline, his new born baby girl.

Two years later, he occupied the Oval Office with his finger on the nuclear trigger – and yet he still made time each day for his growing daughter and her little brother John.

By now, they were America’s children too.

Caroline was old enough to share each precious moment with her father, when no-one could foresee such a tragedy to come.

Standing with her mother and brother – bravely saluting – they watched the funeral cortege and the rider-less horse go by.

But Caroline’s life didn't end on that cold November day. She went on to college, to law school, to raise a family of her own.

And she became one of Barack Obama's most important advocates in his run for the white house, bestowing the Kennedy mystique on a relatively unknown black senator from Illinois.

And now, in her father's famous words, the torch has been passed.

On Tuesday, Caroline Kennedy assumed her duties as America’s ambassador to japan.

Riding through the streets of Tokyo in the traditional carriage – fit for the queen of England – the Queen of Camelot waved to cheering crowds, many of them too young to remember her father.

And many who had come because they did remember.

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  1. Asadullah khan

    what happened jfk junior,never heard of it

    November 21, 2013 at 7:31 am | Reply
    • fran

      John John kennedy died in a plane crash a few years ago with his wife and sister-in-law, age thirty something, another tragedy

      November 21, 2013 at 9:53 am | Reply
    • junebug

      In 1999 he thought he'd fly in to a cousin's wedding but he, his wife and sister in law perished in the crash. It really sounded awful. Just thought I'd add.

      November 24, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
  2. ilovenacky

    そのさきへ -Deep Sky Blue version- でリブログしてコメントを追加:
    Add your thoughts here... (optional)

    November 21, 2013 at 8:04 am | Reply
  3. danny c. serrano

    what really made JFK a legend? his leadership. his speeches or his death?

    November 21, 2013 at 8:23 am | Reply

      I believe all three attributes. I would have added the charm him and his wife brought to the White House.

      November 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • vngiritharan23

      JFK is a charismatic leader. I would say his charisma together with his intellect and world war near death experience made him a legend.

      November 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  4. raenanda

    Here's a napkin Lucky (you're drooling).

    November 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  5. raenanda

    What? No discussion about "white privilege" this time?

    November 21, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  6. raenanda

    Where's the discussion about "social justice". Shouldn't this woman give up all her money to members of our black community to pay them back for years of discrimination committed by her race?


    November 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • FR


      November 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  7. Jo

    She has no qualifications to become ambassador.

    November 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  8. tiredofthepandering

    please spare us any more adulation of a woman who has done absolutely nothing,, except ride the coat tails of her family

    and to you FRAN


    don't forget to mourn for Mary JO kapeckni, who died at the hands of her drunken uncle TED, left the woman TO DROWN in a river while he slept off his drunkeness in a hotel,, have you thought to mourn for them!!! or the girl the skakel bum beat up with a golf club,,, another FINE LEGACY OF THE KENNEDYS,,

    those two people were true tragedies because NO ONE has paid a price of justice for either,,,

    you politic worshippers make me sick

    "John John kennedy died in a plane crash a few years ago with his wife and sister-in-law, age thirty something, another tragedy"

    November 25, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
  9. tiredofthepandering

    hey amnondor,, the woman was not a princess,,, thats a term you have put on her,, you people make me sick,, she happens to be the brother niece of a murderer,, UNCLE TED,, and a cousin, MURDERER micheal skakel,,, please tell the whole story about this family of thugs

    November 25, 2013 at 12:17 am | Reply
  10. Britt Witting

    March 6, 2021 at 2:05 pm | Reply

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