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Originally posted 05/03/2010 12:55PM
What does former First Lady Laura Bush have on her iPod? The answer may surprise you.
"My mom's a secret Rastafarian," her daughter Jenna says in an interview scheduled to air on the Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday, "so [she plays] Bob Marley" around the house.
Appearing on the show with her sister Barbara and mom Laura, who was promoting her new memoir Spoken from the Heart, Jenna explains what a typical night at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas, is like. There's the music (the family also listens to "old country [songs]," Jenna says), family activities and plenty of food.
"We don't really cook dinner if I'm gonna be honest," Jenna says. "Somebody cooks dinner and we sit around and we talk and we laugh and we do puzzles and we get in bed by 9:00."
Teases Laura: "They didn't use to."
Originally posted 09/18/2009 11:55AM
Originally posted 08/30/2009 04:00PM
Though her father, former President George W. Bush, enjoyed an often-testy relationship with the press, his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, is about to join the Fourth Estate – by becoming a special correspondent to NBC's Today show, the program's executive producer, Jim Bell, tells the Associated Press.
"It wasn't something I'd always dreamed to do," said Hager, 27, a two-time author and teacher in Baltimore. "But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded and to be open-minded for change."
While keeping her day job in Baltimore, Hager, who was approached by Bell about the TV job, will be contributing stories about once a month to the top-rated network morning show. Among the topics she might cover, according to the AP, is education.
Originally posted 07/24/2009 02:25PM
When First Lady Laura Bush packed the last of her White House things off to Dallas in January, she didn't even know how to use a computer. Now, her daughter says, she's a regular thumb-typer on a new Blackberry – and so is the former President.
"It's funny to see them on their Blackberries. They didn't have Blackberries in office," their daughter Jenna Hager, 27, tells PEOPLE. "And now it's funny to get emails from them – even when I know they're traveling."
So have they mastered typing with their thumbs? "They're learning," says Hager. "My mom is pretty slow."
As for Hager, a Baltimore 6th-grade teacher who celebrated her first wedding anniversary in May with husband Henry Hager, she's still learning the secrets to a successful marriage: "We've only been married a year, so I don't know if I'm any guru on marriage. I think it's just to stay really supportive and active in each other's lives."
Originally posted 03/24/2009 02:45PM
It will be some time yet before Malia and Sasha Obama are old enough to drive, but here's hoping they have more luck than Jenna Bush Hager.
The former first daughter's Secret Service van was towed in Baltimore last week for unpaid tickets, The Washington Post's Reliable Source column has been reporting – at the same time raising the question of why the former White House resident still has a security detail two months after her father left office.
Originally posted 12/19/2008 10:15AM
After eight years in the White House, President Bush's twin daughters are looking forward to a respite from Washington – if only for their father's sake.
In a PEOPLE interview, Jenna Hager and Barbara Bush, both 27, reflect on the strain George W. Bush has been under. The twins also offer some advice to the Obamas' daughters, Sasha and Malia, and Jenna's new husband Henry Hager talks about bonding with the First Father-in-Law.
Jenna and Barbara, how have you seen your parents change over the last eight years?
Jenna: Eight years ago, my dad was a very popular Texas governor. And I think in Texas, he was able to get a lot done because he was friends with Democrats and Republicans – Democrats supported him. So he was – we were very optimistic. I think maybe I was a little naive about how people would treat him. But he's never wavered in his decisions and he's the same as he was when we were little, his ethics. So that's something to be proud of in itself.
Barbara: And I would say we haven't see our parents as people change that much, because they've stayed the same to us and they've, as Jenna said, have the same characteristics and ethics that they had all their life.
Jenna: He looks a little bit older, obviously. He's been under a lot of stress, so we're ready for him to go back to Texas and be warmly received, I'm sure.
Originally posted 06/21/2008 09:40PM
A White House wedding reception for first daughter Jenna and new husband Henry Hager on Saturday night drew hundreds of friends and family, including President Bush, who took to the dance floor.
The United States Marine Band played a selection of standards and other "oldies-but-goodies," one of the guests tells PEOPLE, for the Republican-heavy crowd of 600 including secretaries of state past and present, Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice.
President Bush danced, as did First Lady Laura Bush and their two daughters, Barbara and her newlywed sister Jenna, who is just back from her Hawaiian honeymoon, the guest says.
Originally posted 05/29/2008 12:55PM
They've done all the hard work – and now it's time to relax.
Jenna and Henry Hager are honeymooning on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, where they were snapped Wednesday cuddling on the beach. Before the sun-filled PDA, the newlyweds stuck to a hectic schedule. A little more than a week after their May 10 wedding at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas, Jenna, 26, and Henry, 30, traveled to Virginia for another lavish ceremony: his graduation from Virginia's Darden School of Business. Later that week, Jenna headed to Los Angeles for a taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show with her mother.
Originally posted 05/23/2008 03:50PM
John McCain may disapprove of Ellen DeGeneres and partner Portia DeRossi's intentions to marry, but there's another Republican who is only too happy to help with the upcoming nuptials: Jenna Hager.
The first daughter, who herself got hitched May 10 at the Bush family spread in Crawford, Texas, appears with her mother, Laura Bush, on next Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Among Jenna's topics with the host (the show was taped Thursday) is the wedding at the ranch, with the bride even showing off snapshots from the reception.
Observes DeGeneres: "So, the ranch was a great place to get married – it looked like nobody could fly over and get pictures or bother you, really."
"Yeah," concurs Hager, "that was really nice" – which prompts DeGeneres to ask, "So, can we borrow it for our wedding, can we get the ranch?"
"Sure," replies an obliging Hager.
Originally posted 05/22/2008 09:25AM
Just a little more than week after their May 10 wedding at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas, Jenna and Henry Hager attended another lavish ceremony: the new groom's graduation from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.
Last Sunday afternoon, reports The Washington Post, the newlyweds, accompanied by the graduate's parents – John and Maggie Hager – unobtrusively arrived at North Grounds Recreation Center about half an hour before commencement.
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