April 14th, 2013
04:34 PM ET
8 years ago

Jenna Bush Hager gives birth to baby girl

(CNN) – Former first couple George W. and Laura Bush said Sunday they were "elated" at the news their daughter Jenna had given birth to a girl.

"Laura and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our grandchild, Margaret Laura 'Mila' Hager," the first-time grandparents wrote in a statement, noting the new addition to the Bush family was named for her grandmothers.

"She was born last night, April 13, at 8:43pm in New York City. We met our beautiful granddaughter today. Jenna and Mila are healthy. And our family is elated," they continued.

Jenna Bush Hager, 31, announced in December that she was expecting her first child, who is also the first grandchild for the former president and his wife. At the time, she said she was "nervous and so excited" about the pregnancy.

"I'm a first-time mom, but it's something I've always wanted. I'm a teacher and I love kids," Bush Hager said on NBC's "Today Show," where she is 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" in 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.

Later this month, the 43rd president will open his presidential library, situated on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. Calcommuter

    Hopefully the child will get her smarts from her father's side of the family....

    April 15, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Jason

    Come on people. Bush was a nice young president and these wars were happy events for any country. If you don't like them well then just don't say anything. Congratualtions George and Barbara!

    April 15, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. PatheticCNN

    President Bush was a Great Liberator. He liberated People of Afghanistan and Iraq from Dictator While President Obama is a Great Debtator. He has indebted People of America with $6 Trillion in Debt in Just Four Years and Recession Forever.

    April 15, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Larry

    Kid ask grandpa why he really went to war in Iraq.

    April 15, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Quick – grow up so we can send YOU to war like your grand-daddy did to our kids.

    April 15, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Teri

    Who really cares about her having a baby...just hope that she was sober and clean.

    April 15, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Leslie

    By goodness – how mean people are. This is one of the few times left in all of our lives to see happy news.....Jenna Bush is totally beautiful as is her mother. God bless them on this happy event. A precious baby girl was born as our other precious ones born on this day. Tsk, tsk, to all you nasty people who made ugly comments. By the way making fun of Chelsea by one commenter is over the line. I bet his wife, sisters and mother don't compare to her prettiness.

    April 15, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Hoss

    Wow...she is smoking hot!

    April 15, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. who cares

    Who cares, this family is nothing but broken chip off a crazy block

    April 15, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. AbrahamLincoln

    The Bush Klan should be spayed and neutered.

    April 15, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Denhunter

    I liked her better when she was drunk on that bar floor making out with that other tramp.

    April 15, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. gmenfan54

    The Bush's should be banned from breeding.

    April 15, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. poopypanys

    Oh no- not ANOTHER ONE ! Are they going to make this one run for president and ruin the country again?

    The Bush's make me want to puke – over and over again..... BLAH !! LIke OMG "jenna got knocked up"

    SO WHAT ???

    April 15, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. BOb the Prairie Dog

    For the good of the nation, this entire family should be sterilized along with the Kennedys....

    April 15, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. GoneToPot

    Typical Liberal responses posted here. Congratulations to the Bush family and I hope and pray that the baby will be blessed. George W. did more good for this country than King Obama will ever do. Obama, cut pay for the military...fine; don't go on separate vacations, don't have parties at the White House, NO WAY

    April 15, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. ERKO

    Stop having children ... everyone ... we have a population problem as it is.

    April 15, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. darte

    Welcome baby bush. Your needed to replace the many people your granddaddy had killed with wars he started. Maybe you will get to see him and Cheney during their war crimes trial.

    April 15, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Austin Lamon

    I have nothing but love and respect for her and her family. I wish we could always have people of such class and dignity in The White House.

    April 15, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Sean

    How nice that GWB has lived long enough to see himself become a grandfather. A lot of the young men and women that he sent to their deaths in Iraq never even got to live to see themselves become parents.

    April 15, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. DrScott622

    Awwww....how sweet! Maybe Jenna's daughter can grow up as a carefree child in a City like Baghdad where Grandpa Bush and Uncle Cheney work on city beautification while searching for oil!

    April 15, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. shwn snchs

    I bet the little freak has cloven feet.

    April 15, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Denise Jacquez

    Congratulations to the Bush family on this joyous occasion of the birth of Mila!

    April 15, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Phaerisee

    Although they may have to field some tannis root jests at times, I wish them all the best.

    April 15, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Ribidit

    @PatheticCNN – well, you at least got one thing correct – your self-imposed moniker....pathetic indeed!

    April 15, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Ribidit

    This Just In – Meanwhile the newborn's grandfather is released from hospital after routine lobotomy.

    April 15, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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