December 12th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
1 year ago

Former first daughter Jenna Bush pregnant

(CNN) – George W. Bush is going to be a grandfather.

The former president's daughter Jenna announced Wednesday she was "nervous and so excited" to be expecting her first child, due sometime in the spring of 2013.

"I'm a first-time mom, but it's something I've always wanted. I'm a teacher and I love kids," Jenna Bush Hager, 31, said on NBC's "Today Show," where she serves as a contributor.

She appeared on the show with her husband Henry Hager, whom she married in 2008 on her family's 1,600-acre ranch in Crawford, Texas. Hager said his wife would "instill wonderful values" on their new baby.

The former president, who phoned into the show along with his wife Laura, declared he was "fired up" about becoming a grandfather – but that he wasn't planning on changing any diapers in the near future.

"I'll be the guy in the Ford 250 driving around the ranch with the grandchild," George W. Bush said.

Laura Bush said she was "thrilled for Jenna and Henry and, of course, for George and me to have the grandchildren we've been really looking forward to."

In the months before Jenna's wedding four years ago, the first lady joked about potential names for their first grandchild

"George or Georgia ... Georgina. Georgette," she speculated.

And what will the new addition to the Bush clan call the former leader of the free world?

"Sir," the former president joked.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: George W. Bush • Jenna Bush
soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Richard M Stallman

    "Hundreds of thousands of babies are born every day. While the whole phenomenon is menacing, one of them by itself is not newsworthy. Nor is it a difficult achievement—even some fish can do it.

    "These birth announcements also spread the myth that having a baby is something to be proud of, which fuels natalist pressure, which leads to pollution, extinction of wildlife, poverty, and ultimately mass starvation."

    December 12, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Buckeyes

    What ndxt!!!
    Bush familly reality TV?

    December 12, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. leftywriteagain

    At least the news got gdub out of hiding. Congrats to Jenna and her husband.

    December 12, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. SearchingForAnAtheistExtremist

    Congrats to the Hagar/Bush family. Hope she has a safe pregnancy and a healthy child.

    December 12, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    congrats, i like her, she seem down to earth

    December 12, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Congrats, happy news...

    ...best wishes for Jenna, baby and her family :)

    December 12, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Lord Toronaga

    I'm happy to hear GWB and Jenna are happy. They are good people.

    December 12, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. ted

    Great for Dubya, Laura and Jenna and hope for a happy healthy baby. The bad thing is that kid will have to help pay for the debt and deficits that its grandfather built up by lowering taxes during war time and selling $800 billion of treasuries to China to fund two stupid wars that ended in the deaths of thousands of American. The Bush legacy.

    December 12, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. John

    Who cares??? Many people are having babies... It happens everyday!!!

    December 12, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Wisdom

    Hi jenny shout out to u and the expectant,wish u a safe and succesful delivery

    December 12, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Mr. hand

    Wow, I clicked here just to see the hate and was suprisingly mistaken. Almost everything was positive. Maybe we're getting better.

    December 12, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. billyi3

    Wonderful! Just what we need – another "Bush"!!!

    December 12, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Erin

    Yo Jenna, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Dutchess Kate had one of the best pregnancies of all time...

    December 12, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "These birth announcements also spread the myth that having a baby is something to be proud of, which fuels natalist pressure, which leads to pollution, extinction of wildlife, poverty, and ultimately mass starvation."
    -------------------------------------------------
    I must say that Jack Nicholson in "As Good As It Gets" has NOTHING on you!
    LOL!

    December 12, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Anna Farr

    Congratulations to all – nothing better than being a grandparent :)

    December 12, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. Anna Farr

    Oh and obviously John does care or he wouldn't have commented...........................................

    December 12, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. Woman In California

    I would never vote for a Bush but this does belong on the Political Ticker and as much as most of us want to erase the Bush years, she was a First Daughter. It's nice sometimes to read light hearted stores even if they do feature a Bush.

    Keep up the good work CNN.

    December 12, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. sam stone

    Congrats to the expectant parents.

    December 12, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    Correction: It's nice sometimes to read light hearted stories even if they do feature a Bush.

    December 12, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Pink Floyd

    "Wow, I clicked here just to see the hate and was suprisingly mistaken. Almost everything was positive. Maybe we're getting better." They have deleted all my comments for not being pro-Bush. This is only for gushingly positive compliments.

    December 12, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    So this is on the ticker because of whom she's related to. Gotcha, CNN. Slow news day, I guess.

    In other news, water is wet. Story at 11:00.

    December 12, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Evangenital

    Another Bush is what I always wanted!

    December 12, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. christiem8

    She is so pretty; looks just like her mom. :) What a blessing children are. I am sure this baby will be loved and adored.
    Congratulations!

    December 12, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Jackie

    Who cares? The Bush clan needs to just go away. This is not a newsworthy story.

    December 12, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  25. rienik

    My mama use to say, "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all"... too bad more mamas didn't teach that bit of wisdom to their children.

    December 12, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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