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. Donna

    Wonderful news!! Happy days ahead!!

    April 14, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. splinter48708

    A (cyber) toast to the new parents: May your time with the precious little one be as joyful as possible. May she grow up to be a proud American and if politics is in her future, may she be taught how to do the job right.

    To the Bushes: Many happy congrats on your new title. I title, I pray is more cherished than "Mr. President". Teach your granddaughter what she needs to know in life. May your love for Mila never cease.

    April 14, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. eugenics eugene

    I bet she and her cousin will make lovely parents.

    April 14, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Alina77

    Thank God its not a boy that would try to be a President in the future.

    April 14, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Lizzy10

    How sweet.

    April 14, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. woof

    Good for you, girl.

    April 14, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Revenant Shadow

    Congrats, Grandpa Dubya!

    April 14, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. SantaAna

    Good, nice "news" for a change--no pervs, or weirdos involved-congratulations-to all the Bush's, Hager's, and relatives of this little one !!

    April 14, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. whatsup

    Congrats!! 🙂

    April 14, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Michelle

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news!!

    April 14, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Jacqui

    Heartfelt Congratulations!

    April 14, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Shenea

    Congratulations to the Bush and Hager Families on the new addition to the family!

    April 14, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Rodney

    Congrats to the Bush family!!

    April 14, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. twalk

    Hope it does not look like her or the Bush family.

    April 14, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. Mike

    Amazing. A total miracle. Unbelievable. Birth. Who woulda thought! Wow!

    April 14, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Derek

    How on earth is this national news?

    April 14, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. MATTY13

    Hopefully CNN will screen out all the hate comments from the haters.

    April 14, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. G_Edwards



    April 14, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  19. Beth


    April 14, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Aurora Chuck

    Way to go Jenna. God bless.

    April 14, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  21. Bob M

    Just what the world needs...another Bush. That dangerous sociopathic family has taken our country into 3 foreign wars, is responsible for the deaths of thousands of American military and tens of thousands of Iraqiis and others, and cost the American taxpayers trillions of dollars. In large part, all to enrich the Bush family with their Halburton and their oil holdings. A family that has been a nightmare to the United States.

    April 14, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Mila Norman

    Welcome another Mila to this world. A beautiful name for a beautiful child. Good luck

    April 14, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Jacob

    God bless the Bush family

    April 14, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. Miriam

    Congratulations to the whole Bush family. God bless with good health and happiness.

    April 14, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. alex

    great, another bush

    April 14, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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