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. Gene

    Relax people!! Everyone needs to just put aside who ger father is, and just be happy for Jenna and the family. There's been worst headliners.

    December 12, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Laurie in Spokane

    I;m happy for her but this is NEWS?! Get a grip people.

    December 12, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Shelia

    I agree with Gene, relax ppl! Jenna Bush is a very smart young lady. I'm a democrate and I love GW Bush's daughters. They have grown to be some very responsible, attractive, caring and loving young ladies. Congratulations Jenna and Hubby!

    December 12, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Here's hoping that Grandpa HW gets to see a great grand.

    December 12, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. LovinrRepub

    All the best Jenna, God Bless You!

    December 12, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Constantine


    December 12, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Betsy

    Congratulations to Jenna, her husband and the Bush Family!!!!! What a wonderful early Christmas present!!!!

    December 12, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Congratulations, Jenna and Henry, on your first child. Congratulations, George and Laura on your first grandchild. Congratulations, George and Barbara on your new great-grandchild.

    December 12, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. JD

    Congrats at the end of the work day there is family... Politics aside something of a positive story, shouldn't be on CNN though but not negative. I never agreed with some of Bush Policies, but I think he is not a terrible man either..

    December 12, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. George

    Wonderful news. Congratulations to the Bushes and Hagers. Cheers from a liberal Democrat!

    December 12, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. NameIheaku

    Oh yeah, a Thing of beauty is a joy forever. I thank the Lord for President Bush and his wife Laura. It's a blessing to be a Grandpa or a Grandma. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Lots of luv n prayers.

    December 12, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  12. Ola

    Congrats Jenny @ Henry. To God be the glory.

    December 12, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Red Dog

    Not going to change diapers? Oh yeah?? That's what you think Mr. President.

    December 12, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Rachael

    I am a Democrat, but a huge congratulations to them! We can all celebrate the joy of a new child being born.

    December 12, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Barbarajean martin

    Wishes 2 everyone, parents-2 b grands all the best

    December 12, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Hewyshew

    Not really noteworthy news but i suppose that the media has to cover news that involves descendants of the political aristocracy.

    December 12, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Over 6,000 dead U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wow, there's a whole lot of parent lest American kids out there. And likewise, the same can be said of the tens of thousands of parent lest Iraqi and Afghan kids out there.

    December 12, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Jacqueline

    Jenna has turned out to be such a smart, well spoken and poised young lady. I'm happy for the Bush and Hager families. Nice to see positive news. And IS everyone calm down ok? LOL Jeesh

    December 12, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Not news.

    I wish them all the best , especially grandma Bush !

    December 12, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Pander Bear

    I wish her and her husband and the entire Bush family well. Hope it's a happy and healthy baby. There's a time when political commentary has to stop and this is one of those times.

    December 12, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. jEanne johonston

    Congrats and yes this is news and i hope all goes well for the whole family

    December 12, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    Congratulations to the Bush & Hager Families on your future addition! Get some rest now Mom & Dad because once your bundle arrives s/he is going to own you!

    December 12, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Mike

    She looks like a female version of her dad. That's not to say she is unattractive. She's a very pretty girl, but the resemblance would freak me out.

    December 12, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Bob Lewis

    Mission Accomplished

    December 12, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. clarke

    Very happy for them. Children are such a joy, they make things a little softer, a little warmer and a little kinder.

    December 12, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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