One look, and it was obvious that JFK’s grandson and son of Caroline Kennedy, John [Jack] Kennedy Schlossberg is a Kennedy. The bright, articulate member of this famous political family stepped onto the world stage Friday in his first televised interview.
The 24-year-old’s family history inspired him, but he intends to find his own path, according to an exclusive interview with NBC Today’s hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. Schlossberg spoke about President Barack Obama’s upcoming Profile in Courage award and his own plans.
Former US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and her son appeared on Today, where Lauer asked him if he intended to follow his grandfather’s path to the White House. Schlossberg answered:
‘I’m inspired by my family’s legacy of public service. It’s something that I’m very proud of. But I’m still trying to make my own way and figure things out. So stay tuned — I don’t know what I’m going to do.’
Caroline’s son has already made good progress. He graduated from Yale and will be going to Harvard Law School. Plus, he sat on the committee to select the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award recipient. Schlossberg discussed his choice for the award:
‘In 2008, I was inspired by President Obama’s vision for America and all the promises that he laid out for our country. This award really recognizes that he made tough choices over the last 8 years to execute on that vision — to give people health care, to get serious about climate change, and to reach out to international partners and really improve America’s standing in the world. And that takes political courage.’
‘I think we’re seeing today it’s pretty easy to criticize without offering solutions. And President Obama did not do that. He really had the courage to govern responsibly.’
Schlossberg’s favorite JFK speech was the one where the president talked about going to the moon:
‘In that speech he said that great challenges are actually great opportunities. I think that’s a really important thing to remember today when for my generation when it seems like things couldn’t be any worse. We’re going to inherit a world that has a lot of unsolved problems.’
Check out this video of Today’s interview below:
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