Obama nominates Caroline Kennedy as ambassador to
By Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
President Barack Obama will name Caroline Kennedy as his next ambassador to
the White House announced on Wednesday. Japan
Obama will follow through on speculation and name the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy to her first diplomatic post. Her grandfather, Joseph Kennedy, was the U.S. Ambassdor to
before World War II. Great
Obama praised Kennedy and two other officials whom he appointed for "a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles."
"Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," the president said.
Japanese officials have signaled they would be delighted to have the high-profile Kennedy as ambassador. In the past, the post has been filled by both career and political appointees -- including some big names, such as former Senate Majority Leaders Mike Mansfield and Howard Baker, former House Speaker Thomas Foley and former Vice President Walter Mondale, among others.
Kennedy and her late uncle, longtime Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., were early and vocal supporters of Obama's during his bitter primary battle with Hillary Clinton in 2008. Kennedy had briefly considered running for the
in U.S. , but quickly withdrew
from consideration after testing the waters. New York
NBC's Michael O'Brien contributed to this report.