August 16th, 2007
02:18 PM ET
15 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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soundoff (144 Responses)
  1. Blanca DeBree, Fond du Lac, WI

    This is great news for dried up old hags like me. If someone out there can find something to love in this presidential version of Paris Hilton, then I still have a chance.

    August 16, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    Why is this considered breaking news?

    August 16, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Sam, Toronto, Ontario

    Why is this considered breaking news?

    August 16, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Valecia,Columbus,MS

    Why would she get engaged with someone who works with her fater??

    August 16, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Matthew, Skokie, IL

    OK, count me as officially part of the tin-foil hat brigade...right before Jose Padilla's verdict is to be read, the White House hustles out news that one of the twins is getting married (White House Wedding anyone?)

    August 16, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Jack Spratt

    God, who cares?

    August 16, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Josh New York, NY

    Who cares? Shouldn't she be fighting her fathers war and protecting our democracy?

    August 16, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    This is NOT a "Breaking News" story and does not warrant a red or even yellow banner. How is Jenna Bush's engagement warranted a breaking news headline like the Iraq massacre and the Peru quake?

    August 16, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Janine, Somerville, MA

    Can someone please tell me why this is considered news?

    August 16, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Chris, FL

    This isn't political news persay. Leave the couple alone. They don't make US policy and probably, like other GEN XYers, don't support the war. Leave them be.

    August 16, 2007 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. RC, Petaluma, CA

    Please say this is a joke putting this on front page CNN?
    Soldiers dying..
    Polar caps melting...
    Miners stuck...

    I'm sorry... Why is this here??

    August 16, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. tanner, san francisco ca

    who cares.. she's too young to get married. and is probably going to get a divorce in about 2 years.

    August 16, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. elizabeth fenimore sacramento, ca

    so the republican clans are joining forces.

    sounds like an arranged marriage.

    what a surprise.

    i feel sorry for jenna.

    August 16, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Jerry Weinstein

    i'm happy

    August 16, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Ryan, New York, NY

    Nothing like keeping it in the "family."

    Henry Hager for President in 2028? Which Rove protege will run it?

    Not to be cold-hearted, I guess best wishes, but I'd have been mildly impressed if this didn't look so much like an arranged marriage.

    August 16, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. BR-Austin, TX

    Who Cares!!!

    August 16, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Brenda Michigan

    Who cares!

    August 16, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. roger

    so !! who cares

    August 16, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Congratulations and I wish them both a happy and long marriage with lots of children.

    She has matured into a beautiful young lady with a bright future.

    He's a lucky dude.

    August 16, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Elizabeth, NY, NY

    Jenna Bush is 26, not 24. She was born in 1981...

    August 16, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. BeatleJohn

    Is this really breaking news?
    What is wrong with this country??!

    August 16, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. singlemom, Hartford, CT

    This is "breaking news"? As long as the American taxpayers don't have to pay for her wedding, who cares???

    August 16, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Bob St. Pete,FL

    Has the White House run out of diversions? WHy was this breaking news?

    August 16, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Karen, Des Moines, IA

    I think it is sad that this is what CNN considers "Breaking News".

    August 16, 2007 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Concerned Citizens for the Truth

    WHO CARES!

    August 16, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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