The late John F. Kennedy’s contribution to politics was cut short when he was assassinated in 1963, nearly three years into his presidency. But his only grandson John “Jack” Schlossberg might just be there to carry on his legacy.
The 24-year-old recent Yale graduate made his first live TV appearance on Friday’s Today, where he and his mother Caroline Kennedy were both coy about their futures in politics.
“I’m inspired by my family’s legacy of public service. It’s something that I’m very proud of,” Schlossberg said. “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.”
He may not be sure if an official political career is in his future, but Schlossberg certainly has direction — with a spot at Harvard Law ahead of him.
He also served on the committee that chose the recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award — an honor that has been given since 1989 to someone who shows an act of political courage. This year, the prize goes to former President Barack Obama. He will receive it this weekend, as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth.
“In 2008, I was inspired by President Obama’s vision for America and all the promises that he laid out for our country,” Schlossberg said of the committee’s decision to honor the former president. “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,” he continued. “And President Obama did not do that. He really had the courage to govern responsibly.”
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Dave Quinn