John Kerry Is Using JFK’S Cane for Support at Diplomatic Meetings in Asia

Re-posted from Time magazine earlier this month: John Kerry used JFK’s cane.


After a string of meetings in the Middle East and Singapore, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is now in Kuala Lumpur to attend this year’s ASEAN Regional Forum. He is still nursing a broken leg, the result of a bicycle accident in France two months ago, but has swapped his crutches for a silver-tipped cane — an heirloom currently on loan from America’s storied Kennedy family.

Kerry has a record of conducting politics in spite of personal injuries, and this is not the first time he has borrowed the Kennedy walking stick to carry himself.

“This cane has a history,” he said at the start of a meeting on Wednesday. First, Kerry explained, it was Joseph B. Kennedy’s, used during his ambassadorship to the U.K. during World War II. During that conflict, his son, President John F. Kennedy, had sustained back injuries, and later used the cane when the…

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