Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, served as ambassador to Japan through the Obama administration. She is a longtime buddy, ally and donor to Biden who endorsed the President’s candidacy early within the marketing campaign and spoke final summer time on the Democratic conference.
A White Home spokesperson declined to remark, saying extra ambassadors can be introduced when the vetting course of and the notification to host international locations have been accomplished.
Kennedy’s appointment to Australia displays the excessive precedence the Biden administration is inserting on the Asia-Pacific because it offers with an more and more assertive China within the area and on the world stage. The US and Australia share shut commerce ties and a strong army relationship, combating facet by facet in each main battle since World Conflict I. The 2 international locations are additionally members of the “5 Eyes alliance,” an intelligence sharing association between the English talking democracies of the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
If confirmed, Kennedy would come to the job with prior expertise particular to the area. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia College Regulation College, Kennedy served as ambassador to Japan from 2013 to 2017 as an Obama administration appointee.
In Tokyo, Kennedy labored on army and commerce, amongst different points, and have become the second US ambassador to attend an annual memorial service marking the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Kennedy’s prior expertise consists of work on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, at New York Metropolis’s division of schooling, in addition to work together with her household’s foundations. She has edited best-selling books about American historical past, politics, and poetry, and co-authored two books about civil liberties.
Biden has spoken of the pivotal function the household has performed in his personal political profession, pertaining to the inspiration he felt as a younger man watching a fellow Irish Catholic American, John F. Kennedy, win the White Home. Biden shares the expertise of deep household tragedy with the Kennedys as effectively.
Born in 1957, Caroline was solely 5 years outdated when her father was assassinated in 1963. Her uncle Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968 and her brother, John F. Kennedy Jr., died in a aircraft accident in 1999.
In 2009, eulogizing Ted Kennedy, Biden spoke in regards to the debt he owed the late senator — each in serving to him get elected and in serving to him make it to Congress, the place he served for greater than 30 years.
Shortly after his election to the Senate in 1972, a automobile accident claimed the lives of Biden’s spouse and daughter and severely injured his two younger sons. At a memorial for Ted Kennedy in 2015, Biden informed the household that with out Ted Kennedy’s assist, he would have deserted his political profession.
“It is near sure I might have by no means been sworn in as a United States senator if not in your father, your father’s encouragement,” Biden mentioned, recalling that he had not proven up for his swearing in and hadn’t wished to.
“I did not present up the day I used to be to be sworn in. It was your father, your father, who together with Mike Mansfield, despatched the secretary of the Senate to a hospital in Wilmington, Delaware, to swear me in with my boys,” Biden recalled, including that when he arrived in Congress, Kennedy “handled me like just a little brother.”