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. ThemovieFan


    I may not be a fan of the father but family is different and should be out of bounds.

    April 14, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. NameScott

    Let the liberal hate begin. I wonder who will be the first to mention WMD and the new baby? Hhhhhmmmm?

    April 14, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Leslie Ann Warren


    April 14, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Jaye

    Congratulations to Jenna and Henry! How wonderful for the Bush clan. Enjoy and many blessings to all.

    April 14, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Jannynet

    Congratulations and welcome to a new little girl who will be surrounded by loving family.

    April 14, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. MoMO

    she is 31???? she looks like she is 50

    April 14, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Shane

    Dang. How many names that kid got? Wonder if Jenna was sober when she gave birth?

    April 14, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Just Me

    Wow! And this is news?

    April 14, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. George

    Congratulations to the Hager and Bush families on thier new arrival. No politics when a new child comes into the world. I wish her a long and happy life

    April 14, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. omeany

    great! Just what we need more Bushes.

    April 14, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. J

    I'm so happy for them.

    April 14, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    Congratulations to the Brand New Parents!!

    April 14, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Kelli Jo Blanton

    Gross....so she'll be riding around the ranch in that war criminals pick up? I hope he won't be drunk. Good luck kid

    April 14, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Can't Stand Bush

    I wonder how the families who will never have grandchildren because their own children were killed in Bush's war feel about this?

    April 14, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Varoom

    The baby can already put together a more coherent sentence than her grandfather.

    April 14, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. holly

    Congrats to all God bless enjoy your gift

    April 14, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Sam

    God bless you and your child, Jenna.

    April 14, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Jean

    Congratulations to the new parents and the Bush and Hager families! God bless little Mila and all of you!!

    April 14, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. randy p

    i am black. when i was born it did not make national news.

    April 14, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    So happy for the Bush family to add a healthy baby girl to the family. Congrats!

    April 14, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Daily Llama

    I hope Jenna gave up her ravenous cigarette and boozing habits well before the baby happened .....

    April 14, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. Pk duster

    I hope mila is like laura bush lura is the only one that has the sense to like all people either who are rich or poor i hope georiga have those same valus

    April 14, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. MyManJohn


    April 14, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Maggie JS

    Congratulations to all! Mr. Bush, being a grandparent is the best thing in the world. Enjoy!

    April 14, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. anton Dubinski

    Looks like grandpa, uh oh.

    April 14, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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