August 16th, 2007
02:18 PM ET
16 years ago

Jenna Bush engaged

Jenna Bush and Henry Hager in 2005.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President and Laura Bush's daughter, Jenna, is engaged to be married, the White House announced Thursday.

Jenna Bush, 25, is marrying Henry Hager, 28, a former White House aide who used to work with Karl Rove, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Business, according to the Associated Press. Henry Hager’s father, John, is the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, and the former lieutenant governor of Virginia.

The two met during the 2004 presidential campaign, but were not first spotted together until the president's inauguration in 2005, according to Style Magazine.

The first lady's office tells CNN the proposal occurred last night. The two are currently vacationing together in Maine.

No word if Hager asked the president for permission before the proposal.

No wedding date has been set.

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  1. sonny c. v.p.,la.

    I wonder if they're going to join the Peace Corps or the U.S. Army to carry on this Fight for Freedom in the Middle East after they tie the knot? Hard-core Republicans they are, they'll probably skip the war "thing".

    August 16, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. mary h Valatie, NY

    Yes you idiots it IS breaking just happened and it's the daughter of a sitting President! You can bet if Billary's only child had gotten engaged that it would have made every news outlet in the country and the country would have been giddy with excitment. Congratulations to a beautiful young lady and her future husband. You all should stand back and read your ridiculous comments. You are all a bunch of hardened, jealous, apathetic, insensitive creeps. I hope that in your miserable lifetimes that you will give to your country what this woman is going to have to give (and giveup) in order to serve as she has done as the child of a President and in the future as a wife of a Politician! Go do something POSITIVE and VOLUNTEER somewhere instead of sitting there and sounding like 80 year old complaining hags with nothing better to do with your town than to rip-up and tear down other people!

    August 16, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. I.J., Baltimore, MD

    I have no problem with CNN running the story. It IS the president's daughter. But breaking news? Hardly.
    Whew, look at those pedigrees. We cross a huge ocean and fought off all types of people to get away from nobility, and here we are today.
    And a prodigy of Rove getting married to a Bush? Isn't that a requirement to the rise of Cthulhu or something?

    August 17, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  4. cliff jones, honolulu hi

    I hope that they keep Dad away from the "football" if hes going to be drinking at the wedding.

    August 17, 2007 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Blah...B lah

    August 17, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  6. Paul Pillington, San Francisco, CA


    August 17, 2007 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  7. JT Hollywood, CA

    The number of hateful comments on here is truly amazing. Probably by Fox News haters. No wonder this is known as the Clinton News Network! Can't you people just say How Nice? or Good Luck? Im curious how they would react if Chelsea Clinton got engaged. Sheesh, lighten up.

    August 17, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  8. destardi, Chicago, IL

    I find it amazing that others are quick to call anyone with a "who cares" attitude, "lefties," "liberals" etc...when:

    Try thinking for yourselves for once; these people are right...I don't care if it IS news; jenna's daddy has sold Americans out, in multiple ways.

    August 17, 2007 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  9. Barabas, Hot City, TX

    To Steve:

    Great! Thats all we need is another paramedic with a GOD complex. Do you use that line to pick up women too?

    All I'M saying is news stations report bad things for people like you. They shovel it out and you eat it up. And, don't give me that crap about wanting to hear about issues that affect "ALL OF US". Peruvian earthquake, Asian flood, mine collapse......these affect YOU in what way? Are you a miner too???

    August 17, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Anonymous

    It's quite newsworthy. This will be the first president to have a daughter married in the whitehouse since Nixon. (That is of course if they marry before Jan 2009...which I am sure they will do)

    Whatever happened to a general respect for the office of President, whether you agree with all his policies or not? He is our president.

    Go ahead and move to a country with a dictator or a King who requires you to bow down to at least a little thankful for the democracy we live in.

    August 17, 2007 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. jeff, Houston, Texas

    How depressing. I was hoping this blood line would STOP. Instead, we get a breeding pair. Another body blow to the gene pool.

    But yeah, who really cares?

    August 17, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. A Conservative Republican who's embarrassed by the Bush Presidency CANNOT WAIT for January 20, 2009!! PLEASE eventual Republican nominee DO NOT PICK Jebby Bush for VP running mate otherwise for SURE we'll have another Clinton Presidency she was already P

    Looks like the majority of people feel the same way I do...Who the heck cares and WHY was this even put on the news...national network news in addition to cable news!!

    August 17, 2007 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. Julius, Philadelphia, pa

    Bush's child + man who worked with rove = devil spawn

    God help us.

    August 17, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Geoff, Milwaukee, WI

    To answer all the "who cares" and "why is this news" people mabye CNN is trying to overcome there rep as the Constantly Negitive News outlet

    August 17, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Steve, Houston, TX


    No need for all the name calling here, you almost sound like a Paris Hilton fan. Now, the fact is what everyone finds laughable in your comments is that you actually seem to think, in a twisted sort of demented way, that being a president's child is some form of service to this country, and you call others idiots?? If her life or that of her twin is so miserable as members of the first family, then please let her father resign if only to give them a normal life. You comments are such moral rubbish that they almost warrant no response, but let me put you in your place. Politicians choose that path in life knowing full well how it might impact their families. I don't here anyone in the first family complaining about life unless they hired you to do it for them.

    Finally, please don't try patronizing us by suggesting that the priviledge of being born into wealth and fame is somewhat a service or sacrifice and should be somehow rewarded with blind admiration and zero criticism. Go ask a starving child in Darfur what hard living and sacrifice means, and get off your snobby unicorn for a second and smell the crap in you comments.

    August 18, 2007 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  16. Ron L

    I can't believe CNN just had to mention that this guy worked with Rove, who CNN and all of the radical left-wing media hate. They just could not help themselves.

    August 20, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Joan Lauer, Madison, AL

    Many here are being quite petty. If Chelsea got engaged, it would also be top news. This is not an "arranged marriage"; Chelsea has also been frequently linked with guys whose parents are politically strong in the Dem party and will likely marry a powerfully linked Dem. That's just the way these things go – for instance, Julie Nixon married an Eisenhower.

    You haters out there need help, serious help. You don't need to hate Jenna, just because you don't like her dad. I don't dislike Chelsea just because I have no respect for her parents.

    August 20, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Bob Trudeau

    She is hawking a book... she learned her lesson well, no talent, no soul... sell something. Looks like a marriage made in.... Damon had it right, why is she not in fatigues, NOT wearing dragon's skin, huddling behind a unarmored humvy in the middle of Falujah, Doesn;t she support the troops? Doesn't she support her dad? Kids these days... such rebels. lol

    September 30, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  19. john cooke

    my cousin is getting married to. if she comes home from iraq.

    January 18, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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