3 surprising things about Jenna Bush Hager from her days at Preston Hollow Elementary and Hockaday

Jenna Bush (Illustration by Brian Smith)
Jenna Bush (Illustration by Brian Smith)

JENNA BUSH HAGER

Notable Alums: Preston Hollow Elementary School and The Hockaday School

Her legacy

Before joking around with Hoda and Kathy Lee as a Today show correspondent, Jenna Bush Hager was a frequent target of the press. The younger twin daughter of our neighbors the 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush and Laura Bush, Hager is a granddaughter of the 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush. She attended Preston Hollow and Hockaday before graduating from Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin. She is mother to Mila and Poppy and the co-author of “Sisters First” with sister, Barbara.

Three things to know

1. Hager ditched the Secret Service when she was a first-grader at Preston Hollow. She went to the playground with a friend then made up a story about being kidnapped. The Secret Serviceman believed her, but her mother did not.

2. When she transferred to Hockaday, she wrote she felt like she was visiting a foreign country. “Everything was bigger and shinier than in our old elementary school. The girls seemed smarter and fancier, brasher and bolder, prettier, and sometimes meaner.”

3. When Henry Hager asked then President Bush for permission to marry Jenna, Bush gave his approval and ended the talk by saying, “We love Jenna, but you know she can be a pain in the ass.”


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