Could John F. Kennedy's grandson, Jack Schlossberg, follow in his footsteps?
That's what many are thinking after the 24-year-old's appearance on the Today show on Friday.
Schlossberg appeared with his mother, Caroline Kennedy, on the morning program, for his first live TV appearance, where he discussed his future in politics.
“I’m inspired by my family’s legacy of public service. It’s something that I’m very proud of,” said Schlossberg, who plans on attending Harvard Law. “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.”
The only grandson of JFK also opened up about the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award, for which he serves on the committee. The honor has been awarded since 1989 to someone who shows an act of political courage, and this year, it will be given to President Barak Obama, as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of JFK'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 shared. “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.”
“President Obama really brought in a new generation just like President Kennedy did,” Kennedy added. “Certainly the generation that was inspired by my father transformed this country in civil rights, the peace core space, etc. And I think that the generation that president Obama brought into public life, my children among them, are going to go on to do great things.”
As for whether her son will go into politics, Kennedy played coy.
“I love my son Jack, I’d support whatever decision he makes,” she revealed.
Schlossberg said the same of his mother.
“I will support my mother in anything she does, I love her so much,” he shared. “But that’s her decision, I’ll leave it at that.”
Whether or not Schlossberg follows his grandfather into politics, he admitted that he's still inspired by the late president's words.
“My favorite speech of his is his speech she gave at Rice University explaining to America we should go to the moon,” Schlossberg explained. “And in that speech he said that great challenges are actually great opportunities. I think that’s a really important thing to remember today for my generation when it seems like things couldn’t be any worse and we’re going to inherit a world where’s there’s a lot of unsolved problems.”
“When it seems like things couldn’t be any worse, it’s important to remember those are opportunities and we can rise to the occasion if we choose good leadership,” he said.