Jenna Bush Hager Says Father George W. Apologised To HER For Underage Drinking

Jenna Bush Hager recalls how she and her twin sister Barbara Bush were caught underage drinking when their father, former President George W. Bush, was in office and said he eventually apologized for telling her she was “normal” to be.

The Today star, 40, discussed the paperback release of her book “Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss” with her co-host Hoda Kotb, 57, during Tuesday’s show when she opened up about her surprising response. father on her quote.

In 2001, Jenna was a student at the University of Texas at Austin when she was charged with possession of alcohol as a minor and of using a fake ID to purchase alcohol within a five-week period.

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Jenna Bush Hager, 40, shared her father George W. Bush’s surprising reaction to her being caught underage drinking while in office on Tuesday’s Today show in 2001

The Today presenter recalled that when she called her father (pictured in 2001) to tell him about the quote, he eventually apologized to her for telling her she could be

The Today presenter recalled that when she called her father (pictured in 2001) to tell him about the quote, he eventually apologized to her for telling her she could be “normal.”

“Barbara and I were together. I think we were 19 and a half maybe 20, close enough but not allowed [to drink]’ she said of those trying to buy alcohol in a restaurant.

‘The fact that we thought we could do that just says how [our parents] were like, “Oh, you can be normal, it’s okay,” she added, admitting that it was a “stupid” thing for her and her sister to do as underage public figures.

“When I called my dad to say, ‘I’m really sorry…I got a ticket for underage drinking,’ he said, ‘No, I’m sorry.’ We were embarrassed [our parents]but they would never say that,” she explained. He said, ‘I’m sorry, I told you? [that] you can be normal and you can’t. You can’t order margaritas.”‘

Jenna was first arrested by police in April 2001 for drinking a beer at a club and pleaded no contest to a charge of underage possession that same month.

She was ordered to pay $51.25 in court costs while serving eight hours of community service, and she also had to attend an alcohol course.

The following month, Barbara, who was a student at Yale University, was visiting her sister in Austin when they were arrested for trying to buy alcohol at Chuy’s, a Mexican restaurant chain.

That came after the manager notified the restaurant’s authorities to report that a group of individuals who did not look 21 were ordering alcoholic beverages.

Barbara had already been served when police arrived and was charged with underage possession, while Jenna was rejected for using an ID that belonged to someone else of legal drinking age.

Jenna said her daddy said to her,

Jenna said her daddy said to her, “I’m sorry, I already told you” [that] you can be normal and you can’t. You can’t order margaritas

In 2011, Jenna was a college student at the University of Texas at Austin when she was subpoenaed for using a fake ID to purchase alcohol while out with her twin sister Barbara Bush (pictured in 2004).  The incident happened five weeks after Jenna was charged with possession of alcohol

In 2011, Jenna was a college student at the University of Texas at Austin when she was subpoenaed for using a fake ID to purchase alcohol while out with her twin sister Barbara Bush (pictured in 2004). The incident happened five weeks after Jenna was charged with possession of alcohol

The incident landed the two on the cover of weekly newspapers.

‘We are ashamed’ [our parents] – although they never said so – on the world stage. We got into trouble with the law!’ Jenna told Hoda about their public transgression.

Jenna has previously told her co-anchor about the incident, telling Hoda in 2020 that she “cryed” when she called her father to tell him about her brush with the law.

“The first time I had a public failure, I called my dad, and I cried and I apologized to him,” she recalls. ‘I got a minor into possession of alcohol when I was 19. And I felt ashamed, and I really felt sorry for him because I thought this would make him look bad.”

In her 2017 memoir, Sisters First, which she co-wrote with her twin Barbara, Jenna admitted to “damaging” her sibling by taking her to the restaurant where they tried to order alcoholic beverages — recalling how she tried to use an ID that was given to her by an older student at the University of Austin.

“One of the great things to do at the University of Texas at Austin… was that older girls, who had already turned 21, gave the younger ones their ID. Of course, the reason you might want to have ID before you were 21 was to drink alcohol,” she wrote, according to Radar Online.

‘As a student, you are more concerned with who is having a party or who is playing beer pong than when you appear in the tabloids with your fake ID.

“I never thought, ‘Oh, wait a minute, now that my father is president, people will recognize me.'”

Jenna said the fact that they thought they could act like normal students was a testament to how her parents raised them

Jenna said the fact that they thought they could act like normal students was a testament to how her parents raised them

'We are ashamed' [our parents], though they never said so, on the world stage.  We got into trouble with the law!'  said Jenna (pictured with her father and sister in 2005)

‘We are ashamed’ [our parents], though they never said so, on the world stage. We got into trouble with the law!’ said Jenna (pictured with her father and sister in 2005)

She explained that she and Barbara went to Chuy’s with a group of friends, recalling how “everyone ordered margaritas,” prompting the twin sisters to do the same.

When asked for ID, Jenna pulled out the copy that belonged to another student at her university – ‘naively’ not realizing that the restaurant staff would immediately recognize her and know that the ID was not hers. .

‘Yes, I was actually that naive. When I knew myself, I probably would have requested the table for Jenna Bush, group of three,” she wrote in her book.

“Even Barbara, the Ivy Leaguer in our group, didn’t realize how much more recognizable we were as our twins, two together instead of one.”

Earlier this week, the Today stars kicked off Jenna’s latest book tour with a discussion in front of a live audience in New York City on Monday night.

They both posted photos from the event on Instagram, with Jenna thanking Hoda for her love and support.

‘So grateful to work with the most giving, dearest friend! Thanks to all of you and @hodakotb for coming out on a freezing cold Monday to celebrate my paperback book,” she wrote.

Hoda praised her co-star in her Instagram post, writing: ‘Beautiful evening with my sweet @jennabhager. She walks this earth with her heart out for all to see. #everythingbeautifulintime.’

She shared a similar sentiment on Tuesday’s Today show, saying it was “so beautiful” to see Jenna onstage talking about her grandparents.

Jenna admitted to Hoda Kotb that it was

Jenna admitted to Hoda Kotb that it was “stupid” for her and her Barbara to try to buy alcohol when they were public figures and underage

The Today stars kicked off Jenna's tour Monday night for the paperback release of her book

The Today stars kicked off Jenna’s tour Monday night for the paperback release of her book “Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss” in New York City.

Jenna wrote the book after the loss of three of her grandparents.  She explained on the Today show that writing the book was an important part of her

Jenna wrote the book after the loss of three of her grandparents. She explained on the Today show that writing the book was an important part of her “grieving process.”

“I wrote this book before the pandemic, before our world had changed in so many ways, and it was about this period in my life when I lost my three remaining grandparents,” she explained.

“But I also found out I was pregnant with Hal. I got this job to sit next to you. It was this really beautiful year in my life, but it was filled with both beauty and loss.”

Jenna’s paternal grandmother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, died in April 2018 at the age of 92. Her paternal grandfather, former President George HW Bush, died in November of that year at age 94, less than eight months after his wife.

In 2019, she also lost her grandmother and maternal namesake, Jenna Hawkins Welch, the mother of former First Lady Laura Bush. She was 99 when she died.

“I recommend it to anyone dealing with grief. Write it down and find out who these people are to you,” Jenna advised on Tuesday’s show. ‘That’s what I did.

“I only thought about my grandparents. I wrote about their funerals, about memories with them, and it was such an important part of my grieving process. I think I was really grieving.’

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