Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, is to introduce Obama at the dinner. Other Kennedy relatives are expected to attend, including Robert Kennedy’s daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and former diplomat Jean Kennedy Smith, a former medal recipient and John F. Kennedy’s only surviving sibling.
Friday marks 50 years to the day since Kennedy was slain while riding in an open car in a motorcade during a visit to Dallas. Obama plans to meet privately at the White House on Friday with leaders and volunteers from the Peace Corps program, also established by Kennedy.
The Clintons’ presence at the eternal flame where Kennedy is buried was sure to spark speculation about whether Obama has a favorite in the 2016 race to succeed him.
Every move by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being scrutinized for signs of whether she’ll run. Vice President Joe Biden, another potential candidate, attended only the White House medal ceremony.