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10 Surprising Things About (Ambassador?) Caroline Kennedy

Posted By Bill Hogan On July 25, 2013 @ 4:10 pm In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled

240-caroline-kennedy-ten-facts [1]You probably know that President Obama has nominated Caroline Kennedy [2], the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, to be ambassador to Japan.

But here are 10 things you may not know about the 55-year-old scion of America’s best-known political dynasty:

  • She’s named after her aunt, Caroline Lee Bouvier, a.k.a. Lee Radziwill [3].
  • Ethnically, she is three-fourths Irish and one-fourth French.
  • While her father was president, her Secret Service code name was Lyric.
  • At the White House, she was often photographed riding Macaroni, a Yucatán pony that Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson gave her.
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  • JFK’s favorite dog was Charlie, Caroline’s little Welsh Terrier. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev gave her Pushinka, a mixed-breed puppy born to the Russian space dog Strelka. Pushinka and Charlie had four puppies together; JFK dubbed them “the pupniks.”




  • A photo of 11-year-old Caroline with Macaroni later inspired singer-songwriter Neil Diamond to write “Sweet Caroline [9],” a fact he didn’t reveal until performing his No. 1 hit for her 50th birthday in 2007. Here’s a video of Diamond performing the song earlier this year at Boston’s Fenway Park and, below that, a video of Elvis Presley’s 1970 cover of the song:
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  • As a student at Radcliffe College in the late 1970s, Kennedy reportedly considered becoming a photojournalist but soon, according to People magazine, “realized she could never make her living observing other people because they were too busy watching her.”
  • In the summer of 1977, Kennedy served as an intern for the New York Daily News, where she earned $156 a week, by one account [12], “fetching coffee for harried editors and reporters, changing typewriter ribbons and delivering messages.”
  • Soon after Elvis Presley died in August 1977, Kennedy wrote a story for Rolling Stone magazine about her visit to Graceland, where she met Elvis’ widow (Priscilla Presley), father (Vernon Presley) and rhythm guitarist (Charlie Hodge).
  • She was the maid of honor at the 1986 wedding of Maria Shriver (her cousin) and Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Photo: Bobby Bank/WireImage/Getty Images


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[2] Caroline Kennedy: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-2007/inspire_awards_2008_kennedy.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[3] Lee Radziwill: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Radziwill

[4] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSBWWQNpKBQ

[5] The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-september-15-2011/caroline-kennedy

[6] Daily Show Full Episodes: http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/

[7] Indecision Political Humor: http://www.comedycentral.com/indecision

[8] The Daily Show on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thedailyshow

[9] Sweet Caroline: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Caroline

[10] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF__vAm_qRM

[11] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZgOBc1I_S4

[12] by one account: http://books.google.com/books?id=90E8S6F-M7EC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

[13] Is the Justice System Biased? Depends on Your Age: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/24/do-you-think-the-justice-system-is-biased-depends-on-your-age/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[14] The Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/24/the-costs-of-not-expanding-medicaid/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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