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. gahh

    The one thing this country doesn't need, is another Bush. When you hear the name Bush, run as fast and far, as you can.

    December 12, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. William H DuBois

    I am sorry, perhaps I lack some refinement, but how/why is this news? Is CNN looking to reclaim that old moniker "Chicken Noodle News"

    December 12, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. keka

    it is amazing tht george w bush is goin to be a grandfather

    December 12, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. jurby

    so she's pregnant? who cares? women become pregnant every day and most aren't splashed across the front page of CNN. why is this news? geez...

    December 12, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. John

    Wow, lots of hate here. I'm not GWB's biggest fan, but why all the hate? It's a wonderful thing. This world could use a little more happiness and joy. There's far too much hate coming from both sides of the political aisle. My generation is screwed if this is how adults are teaching their children how to treat someone who believes differently.

    December 12, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Seriously?

    Can't we just congratulate the couple? A child is a blessing, or at least it used to be. Based on these comments, I really don't have much faith in the future of America. Jenna, her husband, and the child have done nothing wrong and do not deserve the hate and spiteful comments listed here. If (get ready for the backlash at this comment) one of Obama's daughters became pregnant (and I'm just using gender, not anything regarding ethnicity or age, but I'm sure some of you won't understand that) even though I don't agree with the direction he is taking this country, I would still say congratulations to the happy couple. Because I'm (I think) a decent human being, and can put aside partisan feelings and treat all people with respect. (Maybe it's something that they teach us in the Army?)

    December 12, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Sean


    "And....? She has a husband too. The media always tries to make things sound like a scandel when it invooves the Bush family. Congrats to the Bush family, unlike the Obama's, Bidenk, and Polosi's they don't believe in killing off their offspring."

    Yeah, they just believe in killing off OTHER people's offspring. Example: the 4000 dead GIs whom Dumbya lied to about Iraq.

    December 12, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. CBR

    Don't know why this being reported as a major news stories. It is lovely that she is having a baby but that is not major news.

    December 12, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. lensmith

    I am glad for her, but is this really news????? And, does anyone care??

    December 12, 2012 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  10. A Democrat

    Congrats to the Bush family!!! We wish you the best. Ignore the many crazy people on this blog...

    December 12, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. Red Dog

    Let's all raise a glass......oh, Jenna beat us to it.

    December 12, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Name Ann

    You bloggers are disgusting. No respect, only receiving handouts. Go get a life. And some manners.

    December 12, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. George

    This poor child is going to have to call GW grandpa. That is shame enough for any child.

    December 12, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Data Driven

    TRENDING: Jenna Bush sends her husband out for a dill-pickles and ice cream run
    TRENDING: Boehner: "What the hey, I'll have another martini"
    TRENDING: Hillary Clinton is popular again today
    TRENDING: Christie, in bold move, says "Hold the onions" on beef sandwich

    December 12, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Danny Cardarelli

    Contrats to Mr & Mrs. Bush. Geo , I have always liked the style of you and ya dad, who I met at the White Barn Inn in KBPT. Hope ya dad is doing fine as I observed him to be a class act of a man. You are both good Americans. Unfortunately, in your families case, the Constitution calls for term limits. Then I see what we have today and day thank GOD we do . THIS ADDITION TO YOUR FAMILY WILL BE A PRECIOUS GOD SEND.

    God bless you and your family. Thanks for your service.


    December 12, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  16. Padraig

    Two things, I am not sure how news worthy this is. Many women get pregnant each day.

    Towards the one's who have very little thought, all you can do is insult? What a pathetic life you truly live.

    December 12, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Lizzy10

    Congratulations to the families. A baby is a blessing.

    December 12, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. Ancient Texan

    Wow, the acid laced posts here are unbelievable. The girl has done nothing to any of you and bashing her to demean her father is senseless. Obama has spent the last two years deliberately splitting this nation into two separate factions and it shows.

    December 12, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. mike

    To jim and all those liberal I hope you field the same when clinton and obama girls have a kid.

    December 12, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |


    December 12, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. Mary S

    To all of you with your snarky comments about why this is news, you obviously thought it important enough to comment. No one forced you to read the article. It's merely a little reprieve from the daily tragedies and more important news each day.

    December 12, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. NameJosh

    Go figure a bunch of hateful dems wouldake hateful remarks and could care less about an unborn child

    December 12, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  23. Squigman

    Have to say It really makes no sense at all for this to be a headline. No one really cares. If they say they do, they're lying.

    December 12, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. Danielle

    Why is it that people get excited over celebs and the royal family having babies but because this is Jenna Bush's kid some of you are acting like it's the anti-christ. You know what? The world is screwed, this is a happy thing, they're having a baby, how about you try and acknowledge that a new life has been created, someone that is untouched by your hate is coming into this world and will be able to choose their own path. Liberals preach tolerance and call republicans "Bullies" and "Bigots"...You have blind hatred for an entire group because of their beliefs. Hypocrites.

    December 12, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  25. Vic Parikh

    Great news for would be grand parents. Best wishes for her and family.
    God bless you

    December 12, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
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