ambassador kennedy

She is still pretty young but starting to look like a looker nonetheless. I think she rather liked me and now I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a thing for me. The knee breeches are cut tight to show off my crotch at its best, and the uniform – worn by everyone but Dad at these court functions – seems to have caught the polite eye of the young heir.
—  22-year-old future President John F. Kennedy, writing in 1939 to his friend (and future U.S. Senator from Rhode Island Claiborne Pell), on his interaction with the 13-year-old future Queen Elizabeth II at a royal function for diplomats hosted by King George VI that JFK attended (in traditional court dress) alongside his father, U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy. 

While working as the American Ambassador to Britain, Joe Kennedy Sr. had taken an isolationist stance and publicly stated his position of appeasement during WWII. His remarks were met with hostility from the American people and President Roosevelt. Joe’s statements would effectively end his career in public life, and would all but eliminate his own hopes for a chance to be in the White House. Joe Sr.’s presidential hopes were then transferred onto his eldest son, Joe Jr. and eventually after Joe Jr.’s death, his second son Jack was shouldered with the responsibility. Jack did not agree with his father’s position. Jack’s dissension from his father’s views was not a secret, especially among the family. The shadow of Sr. Kennedy’s remarks would quietly follow his sons for the rest of their political lives. | Thirteen Days (2000)




【テキサス親父日本事務局】「沖縄米軍海兵隊のロバート・エルドリッジ博士の解雇を撤回して下さい」署名 2015/03/28

2015/03/28 15:34:13

Please retract the dismissal of Dr.Robert Eldridge.


Many Japanese people heard the news, with disquieting and troubled hearts,
that Dr. Robert Eldridge may be dismissed from his position as a deputy assistant chief of staff,
G7, over the release of on-base surveillance video taken at a northern U.S. military base in Okinawa,
just because he did not get the permission for the release beforehand.



It all started when two Japanese men were arrested by base security guards at Camp Schwab
for crossing its boundary line during a protest on Feb 22. One of them is Hiroji Yamashiro,
an activist and a head of a so-called peace movement organization. They were later released;
however, two major Okinawan newspapers, the Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shinpo,
misled the public claiming that the arrests were illegal and stated that the security guards
dragged them into the base to detain them.







The claim by these two newspapers was taken at face value by a member of the Communist Party
and he addressed the incident at the Diet meeting accusing the US and Japanese governments of
engaging in the unlawful suppression of innocent civilians. The decision to release the video by Dr.
Eldridge was simply to show what exactly happened and protect the honor of the Japanese government
and the US military that the action of the security guards was indeed lawful and there was no
suppression of civilians.




On the other hand, the activities conducted by the above-mentioned peace movement organization
are nothing but unlawful. They are anti-U.S. base activists and their illegal activities include such
actions as flying kites and balloons to obstruct the flying of Osprey, to deface the base fences
by putting different objects or banners on them, to slander American military personnel and
aggressively protest against them, etc.


Dr. Eldridge was the original proposer of utilizing U.S. forces in a large-scale natural disaster in Japan,
which was first carried out and called the “Tomodachi Operation” after the Tohoku Earthquake four years ago.
Also, his fluent language skill helped greatly to better communication between Japanese defense forces
and U.S. servicemen and servicewomen when they reconstructed the Sendai Airport shortly after the disaster.
He has been promoting better relationships between Japan and the U.S. through his line of duty and many other occasions. Thus, he is highly respected by many Japanese. His dismissal under the current
critical circumstances in Okinawa is not only a great loss but also detrimental to the relationship
between the two nations. His dismissal is what those anti-U.S. base activists want and doesn’t serve
anything but their anti-U.S. purpose. We would sincerely appreciate it if you would reconsider
his dismissal. We, Japanese, need him to have better understanding of the two nations,
which is the utmost necessity for the security of the Asian Region.












—  【拡散希望】東日本大震災でトモダチ作戦を発案したロバート・エルドリッジ博士が懲戒解雇の危機!!署名のご協力お願いします

‘I did see the President smile on time today,’ I couldn’t imagine what could have possibly made the President smile throughout this terrible ordeal (Ambassador Kennedy’s stroke) 

President Kennedy had just taken Caroline in to visit the Ambassador, and when we walked out of the elevator, on the ground floor, there was a gumball machine there. Caroline saw it and asked, ’Daddy, may I please have a gumball?’

The President looked at her and said, 'Oh, Buttons, I’m sorry, you need a penny for the gumball machine. I don’t have a penny.' 

I shook my head in amusement. It was so typical of JFK - he never carried money. Here he was the President of the United States and he didn’t have a penny for the gumball machine. 

Paul continued, Poor Caroline looked like she was going to crumble. So the President turned to me and asked, ’Mr. Landis, do you happen to have a penny?’ I pulled out the change in my pocket, and fortunately, I did have a penny. As a matter of fact I do, I said as I handed Caroline the penny. Her eyes got big and she said ’Oh, thank you, Mr. Landis!' You’d think I had given her a diamond ring. I could see little Caroline, just as excited as could be over such a simple thing as a gumball.

So she struggled a bit to get the penny into the machine, but she finally did it, and the President helped her turn the knob, and when the gumball rolled out, she just grabbed it and popped it in her mouth and began chewing away, a big smile on her face.

I turned to look at the President and he had a big grin on his face. Then he said, 'Thank you, Mr. Landis. I owe you a penny.’


Camelot Kids: Caroline Kennedy 

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy was born on November 28, 1957 to John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Caroline had two younger brothers, John Jr. (born 1960) and Patrick, who died shortly after his birth in August 1963. When Caroline was three, her father was elected president and her family moved into the White House. At the White House, Caroline’s mother organized a kindergarten for her to attend with a few other kids. Also while at the White House, Caroline received a pony named Macaroni, among many other gifts. Caroline was five years old when her father was assassinated in Dallas and turned six just a few days after his funeral. Since the premature death of her father, Caroline has championed his ideals and beliefs, and she is currently serving as the first female U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Just finished watching all of The Kennedys. It was amazing. Katie wasn’t as bad as I heard. She just didn’t have the accent. But Barry pepper was amazing as bobby. I was so amazed and shocked about how dead on everything with him was. I fell in love. They had parts that really didn’t go the way they really did. Like when JFK was shot they didn’t want the ambassador to know/ tell him but in the movie they have him finding out by the TV. But over all it was amazing.


 25 November 2013: Ambassador Kennedy visited Mangoku-ura Elementary School in Ishinomaki, where the kids helped give her a lesson in Japanese calligraphy. And she also  met with General Toshiaki Tanaka, commander of the JSDF North Eastern Army, and discussed U.S.-Japan security cooperation. Later they visited a restored church that today commemorates U.S.-Japan cooperation during Operation Tomodachi after the 3.11 earthquake. Her husband joined her for the second event

photos: US Embassy Toyko