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. Potpie

    Yawn !! So did my neighbor.

    April 14, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Juli

    Very glad that Mila got here while H.W. is still around and able to meet her after his health crisis this past winter 🙂

    April 14, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Peace

    Good news to the Bush family and congratulations to you all for expanding the family. A warm welcome to the beautiful Mila, don't be afraid to face the problems of the world!

    April 14, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. One Dog Mama

    Congrats on the new baby – and the first grandchild! Welcome to our world!

    April 14, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. joe

    Congrats! A tip to the new father.The best thing you can do for your daughter,is be kind to her mother.

    April 14, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Galactic Cannibal

    Give me one logical reason why women change their last names when they get married . Jenna Bush does not have a single "Hager" gene on her gene pool.. Is it a subservient trait latent in women.?

    April 14, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    who cares

    April 14, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Your Panties in Texas

    I send out many congratulations to the Bush/Hager family.

    April 14, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. Susan Mauriello

    Mazel Tov to Laura and Henry on the arrival of your precious new daughter!! We are all so happy for the entire Bush and Hager Families!! This is certainly a very blessed occasion for all of you and we wish you all the best and are sending you all, many blessings. We adore the baby's name....just so beautiful, like her mom. Congratulations and warm wishes. Welcome to the world, Mila!!

    April 14, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Stephanie

    Jenna Bush is a teacher? I thought she was on the news.

    April 14, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  11. fan of Bushes

    Wonderful news,GOD BLESS ALL!

    April 14, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. juliegr

    Congrats to all - baby girls are the best! 😀

    April 14, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  13. juliegr

    Congrats to both parents and both sets of grandparents. Glad all went well.

    April 14, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. Vera A Rich

    Congratulation Jenna and Henry on the birth of your beautiful little bundle. So love when you are on the Today Show
    .God bless all of you and the you family.

    April 14, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. TexasVoter

    Congrat's to Henry and Jenna and also Grandmother Laura. Can not bring it to congradulate the Grandfather who after saying mission accomplished watched and smiled as soldiers died

    April 14, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  16. B

    Watch. In 35 years, he'll be running for president.

    April 14, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  17. M

    wait a second. FOUR POSITIVE comments in a row regarding something related to President Bush?!???? on CNN!????

    well, it's been real. i am preparing myself for the imminent apocalypse.

    April 14, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Debbie Radziewicz

    Congratulations to President Bush and First lady Laura Bush on becoming grandparents!!!!! Laura and Henry....I am sure she is absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy

    April 14, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. michael west


    Please keep the little tyke out of politics until she is mature enough.. for Bushes that's some time after the age of 70.

    April 14, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Adam

    Great! Now we can charge her father for war crimes for the thousands of lives he took from this earth.

    April 14, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. love15


    April 14, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. whoknew

    Knock the guy all you want, but he raised nice daughters. And don't say anything about their college years and being wild children. ALL children are wild at that age. She went to school, had a career, got married, THEN had a child five years later. Nothing wrong with that. GW must have done something right, huh????

    April 14, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. GOP = Greed Over People

    Glad all are doing well, congratulations!

    April 14, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. Dung

    no hoot here

    April 14, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. ernie

    Congratulations! The world need more Aries.

    April 14, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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