Jenna Bush Hager has talked about the ‘sisterhood’ she has with other former first daughters and how her father really felt about being caught sticking her tongue out at reporters during his reelection campaign.
The 38-year-old Today presenter appeared Watch what happens live On Tuesday night, and during the after show, host Andy Cohen asked her if he was dating Chelsea Clinton, 40, as well as Malia, 22, and Sasha Obama, 19.
‘We really do, in some ways. We’re looking for each other, ”she said. Chelsea and I see each other around – well, we used to. Now, I don’t see anyone. But we always saw each other in New York City. And I reach out to the Obama girls and vice versa. But we do. ‘
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Special band: Jenna Bush Hager opened Tuesday about ‘sisterhood’ between former first daughters on Watch What Happens Live
Looking back, Jenna said she is still reaching out to Malia and Sasha Obama, who are now students. She is pictured giving the Obama girls a tour of the White House in 2008
“There is a sisterhood because we are so little of us that we know what it is like and the beauty of it and the living history and also some of the difficulties,” she added.
When asked if she knew Amy Carter, she admitted that she hadn’t had much contact with the former first daughter.
“I met Amy Carter once. I put on a show at the White House at Christmas and got to know her, ”she explained. ‘But no, I don’t know her that well. Not really. I need to get in touch. ‘
Jenna’s family called the White House from 2001 to 2009, even though she and her twin sister Barbara were away from college or elsewhere during most of their father George W. Bush’s presidency.
The Bush twins also spent a lot of time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when their grandfather George HW Bush was president from 1989 to 1993.
Old Friends: Jenna said she had seen Chelsea Clinton, 40, in New York City the whole time before the pandemic
Grateful: Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, her twin brother Barbara and Chelsea with helping Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, during their stay at the White House
Jenna and Barbara warmly welcomed Sasha and Malia to the White House with a letter after their father Barack Obama was named president in November 2008. Eight years later they gave them a second letter just before their father left the office.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama has openly credited Jenna, Barbara and Chelsea with helping her daughters while in the White House.
“I love those girls,” she continued Good morning America in 2018. “I will love them forever for what kind of support they have provided my daughters during that time.”
Chelsea was also close friends with Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka before he became president, but they had a falling out in the 2016 election.
Given that the current president beat both the late George HW and George W. Bush during his first term, it seems unlikely that Jenna and Barbara will share a close bond with his daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, as well as with Chelsea, Malia and Sasha . .
Memories: Jenna also talked about sticking out her tongue to reporters during her father’s campaign in 2004. The former first daughter explained that she was trying to make her father laugh
Cool Dad: While Jenna can’t remember the public’s reaction to the snafu, she said her dad, former President George W. Bush, wasn’t bothered at all and “ thought it was funny. ”
During her post-show performance, Jenna was also asked how her father reacted when she was caught sticking out her tongue at reporters during his 2004 campaign.
‘I was with my dad and my sister, and I was like,’ People don’t even know what’s going on here, like to watch this, ‘she recalls. And Barbara and I were constantly harassing [my father] and tried to make him laugh, and then I was in the hotel gym with the elliptical and I looked up at the TV and there was just my little face with a spotlight on it, and it was on the local news.
‘I was like,’ Oh no, I better go back to the hotel room and tell Dad this thing’s gone out. ”
While Jenna can’t recall the public’s reaction to the snafu, she said it didn’t bother her dad at all.
“My dad was like, ‘Jen, this is so typical,” she said. He thought it was funny. I think he really wanted Barbara and I to have a normal childhood, and we did until he became president. ‘
Family: “His responses were always filled with grace and love,” she said of her father. Jenna is pictured with her husband, their three children and her parents
Happy: Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time, which hits the New York Times Best Seller list this week
“There’s no guide, but his whole thing was like,” You can all be normal school kids. You can be yourself, “and then he realized pretty soon after that we really couldn’t be normal college kids,” she added. .
The Bush twins were both famously caught drinking from minors while away in college. While attending the University of Texas, Jenna was cited in 2001 for possessing alcohol as a minor and using a fake ID to purchase alcohol within five weeks.
That same year, Barbara was also charged with possession of alcohol as a minor while attending Yale University. Despite public scrutiny during his presidency, Jenna said her father never convicted them.
His responses were always filled with grace and love. He wasn’t the type to put us to shame for being so stupid, ”she explained.
A few days after her appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Jenna celebrated her new book about her grandparents, Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss, which was on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Jenna, who shares a son Hal, one, and daughters Mila, seven, and Poppy, five, with husband Henry Hager, explained on the Today show Thursday that her oldest children had a hilarious reaction to her book’s took third place. the list.
“Mila and Poppy said,” You’re not number one? “, The mother said, laughing.