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Jenna Hager

Jenna Hager poses for a photographer prior to her wedding to Henry Hager at Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.
Born November 25, 1981 (1981-11-25) (age 28)
Dallas, Texas
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Teacher
Spouse(s) Henry Chase Hager
Parents George W. Bush and Laura Bush
Relatives George H. W. Bush (grandfather)
Barbara Bush (grandmother
John H. Hager (father-in-law)

Jenna Welch Hager,[1] (née Bush, born November 25, 1981; Dallas, Texas),[2] is the younger of the fraternal twin daughters of the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, and a granddaughter of the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush. She and her sister, Barbara Pierce Bush, were the first twin children of a sitting president. Hager is a teacher, author and correspondent for NBC's Today show.[3]


Early life and education

Jenna Bush and Barbara Bush with their parents George W. Bush and Laura Bush

Hager was named after her maternal grandmother, Jenna Hawkins Welch.[4] Hager was educated at several primary and secondary schools. In Dallas, Texas, she and her sister attended Preston Hollow Elementary School and then The Hockaday School. In 1994, after her father was elected Governor of Texas and the family moved to Austin, Texas, Hager was a student at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. She attended Austin High School from 1996 until her graduation in 2000.[5] She attended The University of Texas at Austin. She was a legacy member of Kappa Alpha Theta, both her mother and twin sister's sorority. While at University of Texas, Hager and her sister Barbara made national headlines when they were both arrested for alcohol related charges twice within 5 weeks. [6]

2004 U.S. Presidential election

Jenna Bush (second from right) witnesses her father taking the oath on Inauguration Day

She had asked her father not to run for president in 2000: "Oh, I just wish you wouldn't run. It's going to change our life." Her father told her that he and her mother needed to live their lives.[7] However, in the winter of 2003, she decided to become involved in the 2004 campaign.[7] In response to this decision, she made media appearances during the summer of 2004 prior to the election. She and her sister made several joint public appearances, including giving a speech to the Republican Convention on August 31, 2004.[8] She made headlines when she was found sticking her tongue out to media photographers at a campaign stop in St. Louis.[9] Hager and Barbara took turns traveling to swing states with their father and also gave a seven-page interview and photo shoot in Vogue.[4] The media also extensively covered the campaigning of John Kerry's daughters Vanessa and Alexandra, making the "battle of the daughters" a human interest element of the campaign.



Before leaving Washington, D.C. in Summer 2006, Hager taught at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School for a year and a half.[10] She took a leave of absence from the Charter School teaching position to work at a shelter as part of an internship for UNICEF's Educational Policy Department in Latin America, specifically in Panama.[11][12] After her internship for UNICEF, Hager returned to her teaching position at the charter school in Washington, D.C.[13] She currently works as a reading coordinator at a school in Baltimore, Maryland, and contributes a monthly news story about education for the Today show.[14]


Jenna Hager (left), with her mother, her twin sister, and Elmo, at the Sesame Workshop Fifth Annual Benefit Dinner

In 2007, Hager began marketing a book proposal with the assistance of Robert B. Barnett, a Washington attorney.[15] The title of the book is Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope and it chronicles her experiences working with UNICEF sponsored charities in Latin America, including visits to drought stricken Paraguay in 2006, while working as an intern for United Nations Children's Fund.[16][17][18][19] HarperCollins announced in March 2007 it would publish the book and it was released September 28, 2007, with an initial printing of 500,000 copies.[20] Her share of the profits will go to UNICEF; the remainder will go to the woman whose life is the basis of the book, assisting in the young woman's continuing education.[21] During the book tour, to promote the book, Hager appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; during the interview Hager telephoned her parents.[22][23] Hager wrote a second book, in conjunction with her mother, which is designed to encourage children to read.[24] The book, entitled Read All About It!, was published on April 22, 2008, also by HarperCollins.[25]

NBC correspondent

In August 2009, NBC hired Hager as a new correspondent for the morning television show Today. Her role will be to contribute stories about once a month on issues such as education.[26]

Political commentary

Hager has declined to discuss her father's policies and ideology on HIV, family planning, and the United Nations generally, specifically the withholding of funds from United Nations Population Fund's HIV prevention programs in 2007.[27] She has said that "I'm not my dad," and "I can tell you that UNICEF is doing incredible work."[28]

Engagement and marriage

Barbara Bush (left), Laura Bush, newlyweds Henry and Jenna Hager, and George W. Bush shortly after the wedding ceremony on May 10, 2008 at the Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas.

On August 15, 2007, Henry Chase Hager proposed to Jenna Bush on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine.[29][28][30][31] They met during her father's 2004 presidential campaign.[32] Their relationship became public when the two appeared together at a White House dinner for The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in November 2005. Henry Hager is currently a graduate student in business administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He worked as a U.S. Department of Commerce aide for Carlos Gutierrez and as a White House aide for Karl Rove.[33] He is the son of former Virginia Republican Party Chairman John H. Hager, who previously served as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia and as the U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary under George W. Bush.[34] The wedding took place during a private ceremony on May 10, 2008 at her parents' Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas. On June 21, 2008, President Bush hosted a wedding reception for Jenna and Henry at the White House. The guests included many Republicans, such as Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. The United States Marine Band performed.[35]


  • Bush, Jenna (2007). Ana's Story--A Journey of Hope. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06137-908-5
  • Bush, Laura, Jenna Bush, & Denise Brunkus (illustrator) (2008). Read All About It!. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06156-075-8


  1. ^ Henry and Jenna Hager photo, White House Press Release last accessed May 11, 2008
  2. ^ Whitfield JM, Charsha DS (July 2004). "Neonatal care at Baylor University Medical Center: you've come a long way, baby!". Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent) 17 (3): 251–4. PMID 16200107. 
  3. ^ Bauder, David (August 30, 2009). "Former first daughter Jenna Bush joins `Today'". Associated Press. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Wehrman, Jessica (August 30, 2004). "Jenna, Barbara to be seen and heard". Scripps Howard News Service (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ Schumer, Fran (2003-08-03). "BLACKBOARD: SCHOOL CHOICE; Where They Send Their Own". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  6. ^ . 
  7. ^ a b "All In The Family". Newsweek. November 15, 2004. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Remarks by Barbara Bush & Jenna Bush to the 2004 Republican National Convention". The Washington Post. August 31, 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  9. ^ Alberts, Sheldon (2007-08-16). "Hard-partying presidential daughter Jenna on the bridal path". Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  10. ^ Argetsinger, Amy & Roxanne Roberts."First Twin Jenna Bush may leave D.C. social scene", Washington Post, July 3, 2006.
  11. ^ Getlin, Josh. "Jenna Bush to pen book on single mother with HIV", Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2007.
  12. ^ Brunskill, Mary K. "HarperCollins Announces Publication Of Jenna Bush's Book For Teens", All Headline News, March 6, 2007.
  13. ^ Hollandsworth, Skip. "Girl Gone Mild", Texas Monthly, November 1, 2007.
  14. ^ Harris, Rachel Lee (August 30, 2009). "Familiar Face on ‘Today’". The New York Times. Retrieved August 31, 2009. 
  15. ^ Paul Bedard. Washington Whispers, U.S. News & World Report, January 19, 2007.
  16. ^ Getlin, Josh. "Jenna Bush to pen book on single mother with HIV"Second Website, Los Angeles Times, March 6, 2007.
  17. ^ Maul, Kimberly."First Daughter Jenna Bush Shopping Book", The Book Standard, January 22, 2007.
  18. ^ Kelly, Keith. "1st Book For First Daughter", New York Post, January 20, 2007.
  19. ^ Johnson, M.L. "Jenna Bush Does Well With Kid Book", Associated Press, September 11, 2007.
  20. ^ Minzesheimer, Bob. "Jenna Bush embarks on book 'Journey'", USA Today, March 6, 2007.
  21. ^ Thompson, Bob."Jenna Bush talks about book, rumors Interview covers war, wedding", Washington Post, September 30, 2007.
  22. ^ "Jenna Bush Rings Up Dad on ‘Ellen’ Talk Show", Breitbart TV, December 5, 2007.
  23. ^ "Ellen has guest Jenna Bush call dad", United Press International, December 5, 2007.
  24. ^ Agence France-Presse. "Jenna Bush engaged" Australian Herald Sun, August 16, 2007.
  25. ^ "Jenna Bush dishes on her May 10 wedding--She tells Vogue magazine about her gown, the location", MSNBC, April 15, 2008.
  26. ^ "Bush daughter Jenna Hager joins TODAY staff; Initial story, most likely concerning education, to air sometime next month". Associated Press. August 31, 2009. 
  27. ^ Elizabeth Devereaux (October 8, 2007). "Bush's policies belie the message in Jenna's book, Ana's Story". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  28. ^ a b Argetsinger, Amy and Roxanne Roberts (2007-08-17). "Jenna and Henry: Now They're Really, Really Official". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  29. ^ Bazinet, Kenneth (2007-08-17). "Jenna gonna wed ex-Rove intern". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  30. ^ "White House Wedding in the Works?". ABC News. 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  31. ^ "First Daughter, Fiance Look To Wed May 10". KXAN. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  32. ^ The Washington Post (2007-08-16). "Jenna Bush is engaged to be married". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  33. ^ MCT (2007-08-20). "First daughter Jenna Bush announes engagement to longtime boyfriend". The BG News. Retrieved 2007-08-20. 
  34. ^ "Jenna Bush engaged to be married". Associated Press. Los Angeles Times. 2007-08-16.,0,7978561.story?coll=la-home-center. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  35. ^ Keating, Susan (2008-06-21). ""President Hosts White House Wedding Reception"". People.,,20208200,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 

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Jenna Bush

Jenna Welch Hager (born Jenna Welch Bush November 25, 1981) is the younger of two fraternal twin girls born to George W. Bush, President of the United States. Her twin sister is Barbara Pierce Bush.

Jenna graduated from the University of Texas in 2004. She has become a public school teacher like her mother was.

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