Caroline Kennedy is heading to Tokyo to be the U.S. ambassador. Kennedy, whose support for President Obama during his 2008 campaign was seen as crucial, had been widely talked about as a candidate for the plum diplomatic post, but now things have apparently been firmed up.....The move, which her office did not return a call about, is almost certain to thrill the Japanese, who like their American ambassadors to be superstars. Kennedy's predecessors include luminaries like legendary Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield, former vice president Walter Mondale, former House speaker Tom Foley, and former Senate majority leader Howard Baker.Does Caroline Kennedy have any experience as a diplomat? Does she speak Japanese? Has she studied Japanese history? Perhaps, but if so, it hasn't been mentioned. Her predecessors include Mike Mansfield, Tom Foley, Walter Mondale and Howard Baker.
We hear that her husband Edwin Schlossberg, who owns a New York-based design firm, won't be joining her full-time in Tokyo.
I wish her well, but can't help wondering what exactly qualifies her for this job other than her name and her campaign support for Obama. Maybe she will be brilliant. I hope so.