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. TheBob

    The crime family expands.

    April 14, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. Phyl

    Congratulations Bush family...God bless the little one and the new parents...

    April 14, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. Juan Carlos

    I'd like to add my congratulations to both families and wish the girl a lifetime a good health and happiness.

    I'm especially glad I got to add this comment before this entire thread of commentary becomes a cesspool of the usual Democrats vs Republican spewing of "opinions".

    April 14, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. James K

    Wonderful news. Something liberals and conservatives can agree on. A child is born. Welcome to the world Mila.

    April 14, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  5. missingmick

    Congratulations to the Bush and Hager Families! Welcome little Mila! May your life be filled with blessings.

    April 14, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. Namejunie smart

    Congratulations to Jenna and her husband on the birth of their daughter. And congratulations to Mr and Mrs Bush on being first time grandarents.... Its a wonderful adventure!!

    April 14, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Sammy Z

    Congrats but Oops. I came here on accident and now wondering why anyone, outside her family, should care.

    Darn you CNN...THIS IS NOT NEWS!

    April 14, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Eileen

    Congratulations! Jenna will be a great Mommy, just like her Mom was!

    April 14, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. wordgirl

    Presidential daughters seem to live charmed lives - extravagant weddings, journalism jobs they aren't qualified for, and children. Jenna Bush...Chelsea Clinton.....

    April 14, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. stevensrmiller

    The underage drinking of The Bush Daughters rarely made press when their father was responsible for the safety of all Americans and their children. Now that he's out of power, why do they bother to tell us when of them has a baby?

    Best of luck to mother and child, of course, but this isn't news, nor is it balanced.

    April 14, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. wisdom4u2

    Congratulations to the whole family. Say wha'cha want about Bush, but I think he's funny as heck. That little granddaughter is going to have one goofy Grandpa. God Bless Y'all.

    April 14, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. Peter Gerdeman

    Maybe she can find the WMD?

    April 14, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. MPMisho

    GOD bless Mr.president George W Bush and his family today,tomorrow, forever...

    April 14, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. Laeko House

    Congratulations Jenna and Henry on the Birth of your Beautiful Little Angel Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager.. Also Congratulations to the Happy Grandparents ..May GOD the Father continue to Bless all of you and Guide you in his WORD now and always..

    April 14, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Wow, to think she used to be the good-looking one..... now she looks like her dad!

    April 14, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Congratulations ,
    Send her to art school , PLEASE !

    April 14, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  17. liz OH

    God Bless what a wonderful joy

    April 14, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  18. tricksareforkids

    Oh dear god another Busch

    April 14, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  19. Cathy

    Congratulations Jenna and Henry on the birth of your daughter. Love to you all.

    April 14, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  20. dev

    Congratulations to all the members of Bush and Hager's family. We pray for your health and baby girl...Take care of you...!

    April 14, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  21. Hi There

    Wow...she is a spitting image of her mother. Congrats!

    April 14, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  22. snomannn

    Such wonderful and happy news. Congratulations to mama Jenna, daddy and of course the grandparents ! Wishing the little baby Mila a long and happy life.

    April 15, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  23. Sarah Carter

    May GOD 4EVER Bless D BUSH FAMILY !!

    April 15, 2013 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  24. Mila Bella

    What a beautiful name – Mila.
    Full of life and energy.

    April 15, 2013 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  25. AG

    Delighted. The Bushes are good people.

    April 15, 2013 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
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