December 12th, 2012
08:30 AM ET
10 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. Wisc Badger

    Congatulations Jenna!

    December 12, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Stevie

    Happy for you!

    December 12, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. mia

    Good for president's family God bless you.. God bless America

    December 12, 2012 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. plain&simple

    History will always have a place dedicated and carved out just for the Bush family it should after all him and his father have shaped the coarse of our country for years to come. Let's hope we never forget lessons learned from this era. Hope and wish the best for him and all his family to enjoy their life out of politics and to stay out of politics.

    December 12, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. LoisLane

    I hope all goes well with the pregnancy and birth. Good luck to Jenna!

    December 12, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  6. tony


    December 12, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Charles

    Good for her. She's a pretty girl! All the luck for them.

    December 12, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Angela

    Congrats to the Bush family!

    December 12, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Nick

    I bet if it was Clinton's girl these comments would be positive. Get over yourself people and be happy for her.

    December 12, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. rhonda mccubbins

    I'm glad to hear the news! Best wishes to the Bush family, Jenna and her husband Henry. I would much rather hear this news than to hear about the obama's extravagant vacation.

    December 12, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Buckeye1

    Congratulations Jenna! It's nice to see someone getting married first BEFORE having children. You're a great teacher and role model to all girls!

    December 12, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. collhic

    Oh, good grief, give it a rest.. It is noteworthy that the girl who grew up in the White house is now pregnant.

    December 12, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. American

    Mr President and family,
    Congratulations on being grandparents! I am happy for you and it is a blessing not everyone gets to experience specially!
    Be blessed!

    December 12, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Valerie

    Such happy and wonderful news! Congratulations to Jenna and the entire Bush and Hager families!!!

    December 12, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. maxine

    Haters gonna be haters I want to congrat jenna and her husband on the pending birth of their first child .

    December 12, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. Henry

    Hey Jenna, if you're reading this, congrats to you and the rest of your family!

    December 12, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Congrats and I pray that George H. W. Bush is better.

    December 12, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Name valentine ehis

    Its a good news the family of bush re going to be happy

    December 12, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. NVa Native

    That's nice, congrats for her and her family.

    But CNN is reduced to having this fluff on their "Political Ticker" when she's not a poltical entity – sad & hopeless.

    December 12, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. A Talbott

    Congratulations to Jenna and her husband! I love her segments on the Today Show.

    December 12, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. lyn

    Wish Jenna all the best, " BUT CNN WHY IS THIS NEWS?"

    December 12, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Name Benson

    Congratulations,let the Bush lineage continue growing.

    December 12, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Dave

    Some people ought to get over the whole Bush presidency thing. It's old news and this news story isn't even politics.

    While I don't care about this news, this doesn't mean others don't care as well. To say that "most" don't care is generalization. This is really no different than other celebrities getting publicized for being pregnant, adopting, etc. Jenna Bush is a public figure to a certain extent.

    December 12, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. DeAndre

    It is truly a blessing to hear of a family that started after marriage vows were said congratulations on the new addition

    December 12, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Lauren

    Congrats to Jenna and the whole Bush family. George Bush was a great president and I'm sure he will be a wonderful grandfather. To all those who think he was a bad president all I'm going to say is when he was president my carpenter husband worked every day. Since Obama has been in office my husband has been laid off every year for about four consecutive months. Nuff said.

    December 12, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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