December 12th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
2 years 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. nosolidgolddancers

    Why is this news?

    December 12, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. phearis

    The daughter of a war criminal and the worst president in US history got pregnant.
    I'm sorry. Am I supposed to give a damn?

    December 12, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Namejsk

    Why is everyone so hateful?never mind the politics,let's wish them luck

    December 12, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Satan

    Welcome to the family Lair....

    December 12, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Chrispix

    Thank you Namejsk-someone (you) is civilized...The rest of you "eat your hearts out..........

    December 12, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Lado

    Congratulations, u both must protect ur pregnancy.

    December 12, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Notta Bush

    I just don't like the idea of the Bush genes moving into the future. This is not great news.

    December 12, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Tammy

    Why am I supposed to care?

    December 12, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    So, the shrub's cutting is having a seedling.

    Sweet.

    December 12, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. UDidntBuildThat

    Wow. How digusting the post here. Typical nasty liberal. Vile and rotten to the core.

    December 12, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Stealy Dan

    There you go again, Democrats. Can always count on you to take the high road with civil and statesman like commentary.

    December 12, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. DumbasRocks [R]s

    I just don't see all the suppposed "hate" on here that the c[R]y-babies are talking about.

    But I do wish someone could solve this mystery: how is it that G. Bush repeatedly screwed America, but it is his daughter who got preganant? That's a big red-state "Mission Accomplished" to all you slack-jaws!

    December 12, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. DustryOnes

    Ah, another future President. Hope this one is a girl.

    December 12, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Stammer

    I didn' do it! Nope, it wasn't me!

    Paternity test? No way!

    December 12, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. americanasanguine

    I hope she can lay off the booze for 9 months.

    December 12, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Missionmama

    Congratulations to the family!

    December 12, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Jimmy2times

    Wow...vile little pathetic people on this site. I wish the Bush's well although I don't agree with all of their policies.

    December 12, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Coop

    Awesome! Congrats Jenna. Love the way President Bush has handled all the criticism.....like a true gentleman. Saw him at the Ryder cup.....he's becoming a rock star!

    December 12, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. carmen

    I think you guys are rude, its not her or the childs fault what her father did . & if y'all are gunna be negative I think you should keep your remarks to yourself !

    December 12, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. seedling

    Jealous liberals. Your slip is always showing.

    December 12, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. GonzoinHouston

    C'mon, folks, she's non-political. She's even married. Congrats. In 10 or 15 years the child will learn about his grandpa's doings.

    December 12, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Elle

    Congrats to the Hagers as they begin this exciting new chapter in their lives. Best of luck for a healthy pregnancy, and here's hoping that Great Grandpa-to-be 41 recovers from his illness in order to see the newest addition to the family.

    December 12, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Name

    People be nice this has nothing to do with Bush being president I'm as blue as they come but I'm very happy for former President Bush and Laura and I hope his parents both stay healthy so they can enjoy there great grand son or daughter.

    December 12, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  24. rudedog

    Now that is down to earth..past President and future grandfather... True American! F250 drivin around the grandson. I wish more had cajones like Grandpa (future). Congrats!

    December 12, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. getalife

    Lets see if Obama blames G. Bush for this

    December 12, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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