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. Today

    DUBYA is grandpa:))...Good for him...Congratulation!...Mila will get some good giggles with him :))

    April 15, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    And in other news, violent clashes around Iraq today have left 25 dead and more than 170 wounded.

    April 15, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Nan

    Only think I could think of is how her father sent so many to war ( a war fueled by lies and exaggerated conditions) and howthose young people will never get a chance to be a mother or father, have grandchildren, plus the ones maimed physically and emotionally, unable to live a quality life. I have no feelings about a Bush relative having a baby except these.

    April 15, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. terry

    "I'll be the guy in the Ford 250 driving around the ranch with the grandchild," George W. Bush .....Congratulation ...have fun

    April 15, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Patrick Lewis

    Congrats to W on the grandkid. You were a terrible president, but grandkids are fun. Just... stay out of politics.

    April 15, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer


    Absolutely! There's a commercial running on both the Military and History channels, asking for donations for our injured Veterans. Many of them are double amputee, with either missing legs or arms or both. There is one footage of a soldier holding his baby in his left arm as his right arm and foot are amputated. Every time I see that commercial I find myself fighting back tears. War should always be the last resort. Unfortunately Jenna's father believes otherwise. But congratulations anyway!

    April 15, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Joan Flynn

    Congratulations to the Bush family. Mom is so pleasant. hope we'll still be seeing her on the Today show now and then. God Bless you all.

    April 15, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. wade moran

    Too bad Chelsey is so ugly, maybe she would have had kids by now too

    April 15, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Go-Go

    Thousands of women gave birth on April 13. Who cares about Jenna Bush? What has she ever done to warrant special attention?

    April 15, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Booker

    Don't give a damn for the Bush family. Don't care how old or new they are. They (in time), will suck.

    April 15, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Andrew

    It's pretty despicable that people bring their hateful political rhetoric into a story like this. The man's daughter has a child, and the only thing we have to say is how much we hate him. What a cesspool our society has turned into.

    Congratulations to the Bush family. This is a time of celebration!

    April 15, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. aack

    Bet "grandpa" never gave a thought to all the men and women he sent off to a fake war that never will have a chance at their own family. Bet him and Cheney are still counting the big bucks they made by sending other peoples precious children off to die.

    April 15, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Disgusting liberals

    Just be happy for them. No need for such negative comments.

    April 15, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. sonny chapman

    What are the odds that this baby will ever serve in the U.S. Military ? About the same odds that any of Liz Cheney's kids ever will. Keeping up w/the Bush/Cheney Tradition dating back to the Good Old Days of the Vietnam War.

    April 15, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. gena

    All political nonsense aside, Congrajulations to Jenna and her family.Love her on the Today show.

    April 15, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. ksiner

    I'll do something the teabillies and the "birthers" would never think of doing (because they are so full of hate). I couldn't stand Bubbya, he wasn't a legitimate president after the SCOTUS awarded him teh presidency in 2000. But you know what, I'm still human enough to say congratulations and that I'm very happy for him and his family.

    April 15, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Gracious! Congratulations to all the wonderful people whose lives baby Mila has and will touch! Prayers for those of you who can't let go of the past and look forward to the future.

    April 15, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hey, don't be so harsh liberals. Let's congratulate the young couple and hope that little Jenna enlists in the militart when she grows up. After all, her grandpa owes it to thousands of American troops who are either dead or crippled for life. We'll soon need a few good men and women and little Jenna would be a perfect fit.

    April 15, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Jason

    I have nothing but ill will for her. I hope Karma makes her pay for the sins of her father and the families he destroyed

    April 15, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Kelly

    Great just what America needs another demon child to destroy America and the constitution like his grandfather.

    April 15, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. Cheetah Chester

    By the time this child is 21, we will still be in Iraq and Afghanistan......Good job dubya!

    April 15, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Kaye

    Come on people. Jenna seems like a nice young woman and this is a happy event for any family. If you don't wish them well then just don't post anything. Congratualtions Jenna and Henry!

    April 15, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. CA Liberal

    Rats, another Bush enters the world. Isn't there some kind of spray for that?

    April 15, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. chizzlin sam

    Hopefully Mila will get to visit W in Guantanamo someday.

    April 15, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. ronjayaz

    Wow! Such expressions of hate toward Bush It seems to have gotten stronger. But a kind word must be sed for him. He was scarred by 9/11 & we the people acted irrationally along with him. Yet Iraq was a given considering. Who else cud they have struck at in the Arab world? And dont forget "He tried to kill my daddy..."

    April 15, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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