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. Deb in MT

    Congratulations and best wishes to the family!

    April 15, 2013 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  2. Score

    This is to bush, I dnt care about his daughters or grand child but consider the fact that he ruined many peoples lives, many may never be able to have a family or have children. And why the heck he is not in jail? He should be sent to Iraq and tried.

    April 15, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  3. bankrupt1


    (p.s. you look like your dad in this photo)

    April 15, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  4. North Dallas Don

    Good luck to the new mom and dad. And congratulations.

    April 15, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  5. James Bigbroda

    May God bless d new born

    April 15, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  6. Tammy Holt

    Congratulations to the family and proud grandparents!! There is nothing to compare to the happiness that a grandchild brings into your life! Enjoy her and spend as much time with her as you can!

    April 15, 2013 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  7. Jedh

    Congratulations!! Babies are Blessings!!

    April 15, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  8. antonio giovanni

    Great couple! Congrats and good luck!

    April 15, 2013 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  9. GO_GOP

    Momentous occasion. I hope the little one continues the family tradition and one day becomes the first Lady President of this great nation. God Bless.

    April 15, 2013 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  10. Mz

    This is just nice news regardless of what you think of Bush. You'd be hard pressed to find an issue I agree on with President Bush, but I can't help but feel like he'd be a super fun grandfather.

    April 15, 2013 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  11. Boner

    I bet old Georgie Boy is hating the fact that his first grandchild was born in New York City.

    April 15, 2013 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  12. merrel

    No doubt about it. She sure did inherit her father's smirk.

    April 15, 2013 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  13. mom

    Very happy for all concerned:) Great news, God bless:))

    April 15, 2013 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  14. Amanda

    Congrats to the Bush dynasty !

    April 15, 2013 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  15. Sudha.G.

    Dear Jenna,
    Congratulations on the birth of your first child.Wish you a world of happiness with her.

    April 15, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  16. Marie MD

    Congratulations. Make sure you don't hand her over to her grandfather. He did drop Barney!

    April 15, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  17. Gerri

    Congratulations Jenna and Henry on the birth of your daughter, Margaret Laura. We are very happy for you. She will be a delighful addition to your family.

    April 15, 2013 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  18. bruce

    And this is news worthy? Don't care.

    April 15, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  19. Reddog

    Whoop dee doo.

    April 15, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  20. stoogenki

    Sounds great....a job that is so hard to do!!! Sure beats what her father did for the country!

    April 15, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  21. Bob

    No more Bushes – please!!!!!!

    April 15, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  22. Elena

    Congrats! You are in for such an adventure. Enjoy every moment of it. It goes by fast.!

    April 15, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  23. dadinalaska

    I got to meet Jenna when she was on the road a few years ago... and she was a charming person! Congratulations to her and her family!

    April 15, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  24. Trevor

    Please stop letting them reproduce. The Bush family should be outlawed.

    April 15, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  25. Michele

    Didn't like him as President, but I'm betting he'll be a great Grandpa.

    April 15, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
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