The 41-year-old television anchor admitted that her grandmother’s harsh words “hurt” her.
According to Bush Hager, her father ‘cheered’ on her misbehaviour.
She thought back on the key memory while watching Today With Hoda and Jenna.
Jenna Bush Hager stated that her father, former President George W. Bush, had actually encouraged her to misbehave when her grandmother, Barbara Bush, once wrote her a harsh letter about it.
The 41-year-old television host opened up about her disobedient tendencies on Friday’s broadcast of Today With Hoda and Jenna, describing how she once got into trouble with her grandmother following a tennis match.
It comes after Bush Hager said her father ‘naively’ assured her and her twin sister, Barbara, that they could have ‘regular lives’ while he was in the White House.
She related, “My grandmother once wrote us a very mad letter.”
She was upset with my behaviour when I was playing tennis, but my dad found it amusing and continued to support me.
Bush Hager continued by saying that her father had instructed her to dump an unpleasant letter from her grandmother, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 92, in the trash after she got into trouble and received it.
When her father texted her to inquire about whether she had kept the message, it brought up memories of the traumatic episode for her.
She said to her co-host, 59-year-old Hoda Kotb, “He remarked, “I wish you had it so we could do it an interpretative reading.”
“Some things you hurt will make you laugh later,” they say.
Bush Hager has already spoken openly about her late grandmother’s cutting habits.
In January, she disclosed that when she was a teenager, her grandmother made the cruel remark that she appeared “chubby” in a bikini.
Bush Hager recalled: “I remember being a teenager.”
She acknowledged that her statements had a negative impact on her confidence.
I can still picture the colour of my bikini—it was yellow.
My grandmother, whom I admired but who had a cutting disposition, spoke to me as I was lying next to my sister, Barbara Bush.
She said something along the lines of, “Oh, Jenna! seeming swollen.”
Years passed before Bush Hager discovered that her grandma had been projecting her own anxieties onto her.
According to her granddaughter, the former First Lady experienced similar criticism from her own mother, Pauline Pierce, who frequently compared her to her older sister, Martha Pierce.
In a cover interview with People magazine last week, Bush Hager discussed the media attention she received as the first daughter and how it helped her develop resilience, claiming she no longer cared what others think of her.
In the 2000 presidential election, her father, a Republican, faced off against a Democrat named Al Gore while she and her twin sister were seniors at Austin High School in Texas.
We were both 18 at the time, and she recalled that he was aware of how much we wanted to go college and lead regular lives.
That was his assurance to us: “Don’t be alarmed.
You may lead typical lifestyles.
It turned out not to be entirely accurate.
To be honest, I think we were all a little naive.
She was a freshman at the University of Texas in Austin in 2001 when President Bush took the oath of office, while her sister was attending Yale University, the alma mater of their father.
Bush Hager refused a call from actress Katie Holmes who needed assistance getting ready for her role in the 2004 movie First Daughter since she was preoccupied with undergraduate life at the time.
She said, “I was at the library and living a normal life as a freshman in college.”
I had a gut feeling that she would be disappointed in what she saw.
Bush Hager and her co-host Kotb are used to being open and honest on their noon NBC show.
Bush Hager was appalled when Kotb revealed earlier this week that she is all for eating in bed.
Many folks enjoy eating in bed.
I am with you and I understand.
I believe it’s a smart move,” she exclaimed.
Bush said, “Disagree,” and later said, “Hoda, you’ve got to stop eating in bed.”
Bush Hager pointed out that Kotb was getting crumbs in her sheets while she made the claim that eating in bed was “cosy.”
The mother of two remarked, “Here, let me show you what you do.
I take my hand and I wipe the crumbs off my bed and onto my bedroom floor.”
Bush Hager responded unimpressed, ‘So that it’s all over [the] ground in your New York City apartment where little mice like to come and eat a Ritz cracker’.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn