Jenna Bush Hager told the exact moment when she realized that something terrible had happened on September 11, when the nation commemorated the victims of the terrorist attacks in the commemoration ceremonies.
The Today correspondent, 36, had just started his second year at the University of Texas at Austin when the attacks occurred.
At that time, his father George W. Bush, now 72, had agreed to keep his secret services to a minimum as part of a "deal". intended to keep Jenna's life as normal as possible after he decided to run for president (and was elected in 2000).
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Sharing: Jenna Bush Hager recounted the moment she knew something terrible had happened on September 11 during Tuesday's Today show
"We were naive and one of the deals with my parents, when he told us he was going to run for president, […] We said "We want to be normal, dad, we just want to be normal," Jenna said on Tuesday's Today show.
Her twin sister Barbara was studying at Yale University at the time.
"So he said:" Okay, you will not have much Secret Service. We will make that deal. We will try to keep the Secret Service's footprint really low, "added Jenna.
It was when he woke up to find an unusually high number of Secret Service agents right outside his bedroom that he knew something was not right.
"That day I woke up and opened the blinds in the bedroom where he lived and there were many men sitting in plastic chairs in the courtyard where I lived," he said.
& # 39; And I knew something had happened & # 39;
Conversation: The 36-year-old Today correspondent spoke with Megyn Kelly, 47, Stephanie Gosk, NBC, and Jacob Soboroff, 35.
Opening: Jenna had just started her second year at the University of Texas at Austin when the attacks occurred
Past: Jenna (photographed in August 2000 at the Republican National Convention, before her father's election) was a university student when the Sept. 11 attacks occurred
Austin is located in a different time zone than New York City, which means it was an hour earlier in the Texas capital. The moment that Jenna described probably occurred around 8 a. M.
First daughter: Jenna (pictured with her sister Barbara in 2001) knew something was wrong when she saw a crowd of Secret Service agents outside her bedroom
"They chased me away and I could not talk to my friends or anyone, but I think a lot of people have lost so much," he added.
"And really, it was like thousands of university students who felt that the innocence of our country was shattered."
Jenna opened when Donald Trump went to give an address in Shanksville, Pennsylvania reminding those who perished in United Flight 93.
Flight 93 was heading to San Francisco from Newark, New Jersey, when passengers stormed the plane's cabin and tried to take control of the hijackers, crashing into a field and avoiding what was thought to be another planned goal in Washington.
Jenna, Megyn Kelly, 47, NBC Stephanie Gosk, 46, and Jacob Soboroff, 35, tuned in on a moment of silence and commemoration that was happening at Ground Zero during the broadcast.
The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, the Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations, Nikki Haley and Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with his predecessors, Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani, were among the attendees.
Office: George W. Bush, now 72, was elected president less than a year before the September 11 attacks. He is represented hugging a firefighter at the World Trade Center on September 14, 2001.
Support: Bush is described as comforting the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks during a site visit on September 14, 2001.
The names of those who perished in the attacks were read aloud during the memorial ceremony.
"What makes me cry is that these people have children who will never see their parents again and that their names should be heard and counted, so thanks for saying them," Jenna said on Today once the broadcast resumed at the study.
"I love that we still remember these people who were heroes, and who were the epitome of what is good in our country.
& # 39; I have had the opportunity to interview some of your children. They refused to be defined by that day but live in a way to make this world a place of peace. And it's so amazing.
"And I hope we go back to that place where you can feel it all over the country, not just in New York, where everyone joined in. That was a good feeling.
Jenna's father, who won the presidency after a battle in the Supreme Court, had been in office for only seven months on the day of the attacks. At 9:05 a.m. He was sitting, facing the camera, before a second-grade class at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, when his chief of staff, Andrew Card, whispered: "A second plane has hit the second tower. is under attack & # 39;
A stream of words and images followed: Bush standing on the pile of rubble in New York with a megaphone. & # 39; I can hear you! & # 39; he declared. & # 39; The rest of the world listens to you! & # 39;
Bush standing in front of Congress, throwing a challenge to the rest of the world: "Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists."
Bush invaded Afghanistan and, with the bipartisan consent of Congress, Iraq, the latter on the premise, later refuted, that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. The former governor of Texas won re-election in 2004.