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Why JFK’s Grandson Jack Schlossberg Loves America – But Not the Current Leadership

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When asked PEOPLE to write a short essay on what he loves about America, John F. Kennedy’s grandson Jack Schlossberg provided a pointed take on the current White House as well as his quirky humor and love of… Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

That combination is what many find intriguing about the the 24-year-old son of Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg—who will enter Harvard Law School this fall after he spends the summer working on a charter fishing boat in Massachusetts.

Schlossberg, who recently presented Barack Obama with the Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston shares an idealism with his grandfather in this year’s special 100 Reasons to Love America double issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

I love America for the freedom and equality it promises all of its citizens, the battles it has fought and won in defense of those values, and the peace and prosperity we enjoy. I love that  America represents a beacon of hope and opportunity in a world of uncertainty.

I love that I am free to say that I don’t love the new trajectory of American leadership. I am horrified by our government’s proposed immigration ban, I’m embarrassed that the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and I’m frustrated that our government is attempting to take away healthcare for millions.

I love how many Americans are speaking out against these developments that are antithetical to the values that have made America the greatest nation on earth. I also love the NBA finals, The Rock and the Yankees. I love making jokes on the internet. I love protein powder. I don’t love green juice but sometimes I drink it. 

I’m lucky enough to enjoy these things because I live in a strong, wealthy and free nation which values individual rights and expression. I’m going to spend my life making sure that it always does.