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Embassy Row: She’s a Kennedy
The daughter of President John F. Kennedy is mostly known for supporting charities, heading a foundation named for her father and backing Sen. Barack Obama early in 2008, when he was struggling to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
Supporters and detractors seemed to agree on one thing Thursday: Her chief qualification is that she is a Kennedy.
“She is known to be very close to President Obama,” he told reporters. “As U.S. ambassador, one of the most crucial questions is if or how she can communicate a variety of issues with the president. For that role, I would give her a big welcome.”
He called her an “appealing, telegenic figure who comes from America’s most glamorous political family.”
Conservatives gleefully disparaged her nomination.
“What on earth qualifies her for this position? The fact that her last name is Kennedy?” said a blogger named Elena at the Conservative Women for Truth.
Elena recalled Ms. Kennedy’s embarrassing 2008 campaign to win an appointment to the U.S. Senate from New York after Hillary Rodham Clinton vacated the seat to serve as secretary of state.
Ms. Kennedy withdrew her name from consideration after disastrous press interviews. She could not explain her positions on issues and appeared almost incoherent when she used the phrase, “you know,” 168 times in a 30-minute interview with a New York cable news network.
“Has anyone heard her speak?” Elena said. “She sounds like, ‘Oh my god!,’ Valley girl.”
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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