Jenna Bush is Pregnant!

Texas (and America) finally has an answer to the royal pregnancy.
Wed December 12, 2012 11:49 pm
The White House | Shealah Craighead

Texas finally has its answer to the royal pregnancy. Jenna Bush Hager, the married half of the Bush twins, announced her pregnancy on the Today Show Wednesday morning. 

“I’m nervous and so excited to say that Henry and I are pregnant. Or, I’m pregnant,” Jenna, 31, said. After Jenna spilled the news, her husband Henry joined her on stage, clutching a bouquet of white flowers. The couple  married at the family’s Crawford Ranch in May 2008.

Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush then phoned in to the show to gush about becoming grandparents. (George said he was “fired up” about the news and wants the baby to call him “sir” or “jefe.” Jenna suggested “Pancho.”)

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Breaking the news of your pregnancy on national television is, of course, “the American equivalent of sending out a formal announcement from Buckingham Palace,”  Gawker’s Caity Weaver  quipped

The baby, due this spring, will  likely beat the spawn of Prince William and Kate Middleton into the world. Is it too early to start speculating about George Bush Hager’s 2060 presidential campaign?

The Washington Post’s Reliable Source blog  noted that that the  Daily Mail had the scoop on this one:

If there was a buzz in the air, thank the British tabloid the  Daily Mail, which on Tuesday afternoon published a story online assessing Hager’s thickening midsection and asserting, based on a single unnamed source, that’s she’s pregnant. Today reps declined to comment on the story yesterday, presumably waiting for the morning’s big reveal. 

The reaction on the Internet Wednesday morning was mixed, but tended towards kindness. “I was going to say something snarky about Grandpa George, but you know what? He’ll probably make a pretty fantastic grandfather. Throw a kid on the knee, have a nice afternoon,”  wrote Bradford Pearson at  D Magazine’s Frontburner

And at the  Atlantic Wire, Richard Lawson  imagined a meeting between Bush’s grandchild and the Royal Baby in the 2030s:

[J]ust imagine it! In twenty-some-odd years, this little baby, all grown up, will meet the adult version of Royal Baby and spill chili on him or her in some sort of hilarious pratfall, or say, “Dare me to eat this?”—and then chuckle and say, “Naw I’m just messin’ with ya.” It’s going to be so special. Royal Baby all pinched and uptight, clearly unnerved, while Dubya’s grandkid starts referring to the waiters as “Sparky,” as in “Hey, Sparky, more dinner rolls, toot suite. Love these freakin’ things.” Royal Baby responding with a skeptical, “Quite…” while Dubya’s grandkid leans back in its chair and, picking its teeth, says, “Say somethin’ to me in fancy talk. I love the way you limeys jabber, all fancy-like.” Royal Baby stiffens

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