Jenna Bush Hager was proud to introduce her young daughters to the White House, the same house she lived in with her twin sister, Barbara Bush, while their dad, former President George W. Bush, was in office.
Jenna and her husband, Henry Hager, brought their two daughters, Mila, 9, and Poppy, 7, to visit the inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for the first time ever on Friday, September 23.
Jenna Bush Hager Divulges Details On Her Daughters’ Very First Visit To The White House
Jenna called the night “so magical” on TODAY with Hoda & Jenna on September 26, as her daughters had the chance to meet President Joe Biden.
The current president and first lady Jill Biden welcomed the Hager family upon arrival — a moment Jenna said she practiced with her girls.
“We’re like, OK, you shake your hand and you say, ‘Nice to meet you, Mr. President,'” Jenna said of the rehearsal.
“Poppy’s like, ‘I don’t know if I can do it.’ They were so nervous.”
“We kept practicing, and Mila was like, ‘My stomach’s dropping!’ But they got out, and they said, ‘Nice to meet you, Mr. President.’ And then Poppy goes, ‘Where’s the movie theater?'” Jenna shared.
The family was invited to attend Elton John‘s performance at the White House on September 23, which Jenna said was particularly special as her mom, Laura Bush, who was also in attendance, always played songs by the “Rocket Man” singer growing up.
“We knew every song, and the thing about Elton John is that with all of these collaborations, my kids are singing along,” Jenna said.
“They know ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Tiny Dancer’ because of the Britney (Spears) collaboration,” she added.
And what made the night even better was what makes the White House “feel like a home,” which are the people who work there, according to Jenna. In fact, many who currently work there are the same from her days living in the nation’s home.
“Ron, who was one of our favorite guys that worked in the White House, right before the concert started came over and was like, ‘What are y’all doing?’ And I got to introduce my girls to him. They made some chocolate cake for my dad, and it was just — it was very, very sweet,” she said. “It reminds you that our country’s institution is so special.”
She added that her family was surrounded by teachers and first responders, alongside notable politicians, in the audience.
Jenna believed it was a night her kids will remember for the rest of their lives. And to top it off, Jenna said her kids were “pretty well-behaved.”
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