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.

Filed under: George W. Bush • Jenna Bush
soundoff (278 Responses)
  1. bluedogboy

    If Rand Paul or Rick Santorum become President, you'll wish Bush was back in office.

    April 15, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Mark B.

    To all the people out there who need a history lesson. Congress gave Bush permission to declare war on Iraq. Obama declared war on Afghanistan WITHOUT Congressional permission. Are you all that ignorant, really?

    April 15, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. jfisch

    Great another Bush to ruin America!

    April 15, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Bob

    Just what the world needs, ANOTHER bush child, this one to be raised by a drunken trollop.

    April 15, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Concerned Citizen

    All this war talk about Bush and his war..Funny that the Democratically controlled Senate approved funding for the war. a total of 82 Democrat Reps and 29 Senators voted in favor of the resolution. Let's see here Joe Biden, John Kerry, Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Diane Feinstein... I love that people continue to call it Bush's war when all the Democratic Senate had to do was vote against funding and the war would never have continued. Oh well, continue to keep your heads in the sand and blame all ill will on President Bush.I would like to see one Democrat n here share the blame with Biden or Clinton.

    April 15, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Bob

    And another draft dodging chickenhawk is spawned.......

    April 15, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Dyna

    Why did Americans elect George W? Because of his daddy. The same reason that Hillary is being considered now. She did not get there on her own. She followed Bill Clinton and has done nothing on her own if Bill was not in the picture. It's time to stop the dynasties and let the people that are good come up from the bottom.

    April 15, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Kathie Weatherill

    Welcome to the world Mila and congrats to all the family

    April 15, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Cindi

    I hope the child grows up to be a better person than her relatives. Many were hurt by the way Bush ran the oval office.
    Perhaps that is why the Reps lost the oval office twice.

    April 15, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Pete

    I just hope to God her daughter has more sense than her mother and grandfather..If I had my way she wouldn't be meeting her grandfather the murderer anyway just his freakin grave after he was hung with Cheney for human rights violations,any response republicans about your hero!!

    April 15, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. ca2011

    Let's hope and pray the baby did not inherit any grandpa's genes responsible for development (or lack thereof) of brain cortex.

    April 15, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. SmartPotato

    Great. What the world needs: More of the Bush family.

    April 15, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. blackfargo

    What a bunch of nasty comments about a woman and her baby. The puke you "Liberals" are spewing is so hypcritical it's amazing. Shockingly stupid, the lot of you.

    April 15, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Jennifer NY

    I am very happy for Jenna and her hubby...she is adorable.

    April 15, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Todd mildred

    Whats with the Russian name?

    April 15, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. CryBabies

    @ blackfargo.... Does that really surprise you?!?! It gets real old listening to the same bs over and over.

    April 15, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. larry

    Congrats to Jenna and husband on your first child...

    April 15, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. MPL

    Two questions:
    #1- Who cares?
    #2-See #1

    April 15, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. MPL

    The only reason that GW approved the marriage, was he thought the future son-in-laws last name was Lager, and he could get a deal on some free sud's.

    April 15, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Angie

    Congrats, Jenna and Henry!!!!

    April 15, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. don

    congadulations to the bush family to all the liberals and bleeding hearts if george w was left alone he would have ridded us of the terorists the way they deserve it an eye for a eye i will always respect george w bush and ps im a canuck

    April 15, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. WendyPDX

    Very happy she had a healthy baby girl....congratulations!

    April 15, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  23. Elaine

    Can't you just be nice for a change. Why always the politics

    April 15, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  24. John

    We can only hope that the child has more sense than Mark B. The war in Afghanistan started BEFORE Obama was in offive. Please reference your facts before you call people ignorant.

    April 15, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  25. tinwa

    Boy, If you want to hear unadulterated HATE, just come to this site. My ;last visit for the next 6 months. Congratulations on the tolerance for a baby. I'm thinking most of the "liberals" on here would much rather this girl had gone to planned paretnhood for her 'medical' care.

    April 16, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
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