Jenna Bush Hager took her four-year-old daughter along for an empowering ride as she and her twin Barbara promoted their new book.
The two sisters, both 35, first appeared at Glamour’s Women Of The Year summit yesterday in New York City. Mila, the oldest of Jenna’s two daughters, posed for photos with her mother and aunt, and also took a snap on her own, before listening to their talk.
Then, Jenna and Barbara visited Fox News’ The Five to continue discussing their newly published joint memoir, which looks back on their childhood in Texas and their White House years throughout their grandfather’s and father’s administrations.
Trio! Jenna Bush Hager took her four-year-old daughter along for an empowering ride as she and her twin Barbara promoted their new book
Family: Mila, the oldest of Jenna’s two daughters, posed for photos with her mother and aunt, and also took a snap on her own, holding a print of her aunt’s photo
Mila could be seen at the Glamour event in her mother’s arms, as the trio smiled for the cameras. Then, the little girl stood by herself with a print of her aunt’s photo to get her own picture taken.
Jenna revealed during her chat with Glamour books editor Liz Egan that Mila had especially loved the empowering affirmations made available to the attendees, declaring ‘I am strong’, to which her mother replied, ‘Yes, Mila’.
Barbara and her sister first looked back on archive pictures of their White House years, including one of Jenna arguing with her cousin Lauren during George H. W. Bush’s inauguration in 1989.
Jenna also looked back on their father George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001, telling Egan: ‘We wanted normalcy and we weren’t quite prepared for the roles of first daughter at this point. Now we are. But then we definitely were not.’
She pointed out that ‘there is no guide book’ to prepare to be the child of a president, and she and Barbara highlighted how helpful it was to be able to rely on each other as they adjusted to life in the public eye, and the ‘confusing’ juxtaposition of their lives in Texas and in Washington, D.C.
Message: Jenna revealed during her chat with Glamour books editor Liz Egan that Mila had especially loved the empowering affirmations made available to the attendees
Writing their own story: The sisters epxlained during the panel decided to write it because they wanted to shed a different kind of light on female figures
The idea for the sisters’ new book shaped up after Election Night last year. Barbara went to Jenna’s house in New York City to watch the results, and ended up spending the night.
Both sisters had a meeting the next day about writing a potential children’s book, which ended up turning into their joint memoir.
They decided to write it because they wanted to portray the benefits of women lifting each other up, and shed a different kind of light on female figures.
‘We were disappointed with how women were portrayed over the past year and a half in the media or broadly. So much was focused on how we look and inappropriate ways to discuss women, and it’s 2017,’ Barbara said.
‘It just seemed so ridiculous, so we wanted to share our stories and hope others will reflect on how lucky they are to have incredible women in their life, and how they’ve been able to be braver because they have great women alongside them.’
Jenna revealed that she has seen how empowering it can be to be able to rely on a sister, thanks to her daughters Mila and two-year-old Poppy.
Mila recently went so far as to declare that Poppy would one day ‘rule the world’, but when her mother suggested Poppy could one day become president, Mila replied: ‘But Mom, presidents are all men.’
Both Jenna and Barbara reminisced on the letters they wrote to the Obama girls at the beginning and at the close of Barack Obama’s presidency, and emphasized how Sasha, now 16, and Malia, now 19, had at times reminded them of themselves.
Later on, the twins joined The Five to keep discussing their book, with Jenna revealing that she was inspired to write about sisterhood after the birth of Poppy.
At that time, her mother Laura sent her a photo of Jenna and her twin as girls, so that Mila would realize the strong bond sisters can develop.
Jenna and Barbara started talking about their childhood more and more and realized that having each other was a ‘gift’, whether it be in ‘awkward moments’ or in everyday life.
Both sisters reminisced about the first time they visited the White House during their grandfather’s presidency, went to visit the bowling alley and tried to order a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, much to the dislike of their grandmother Barbara.
Busy: Later on, the twins joined The Five to keep discussing their book, with Jenna revealing that she was inspired to talk about sisterhood after the birth of her second daughter, Poppy
Memories: Both sisters reminisced about the first time they visited the White House, went to visit the bowling alley and tried to order a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Growing pains: Asked about her life in the public eye, Jenna admitted it wasn’t ‘always that much fun’ to run into trouble knowing the world was watching
Pair: Jenna revealed yesterday that watching her two daughters, Mila and Poppy (pictured), has reinforced her beliefs about how sisters can support and empower each other
Jenna recounted Barbara’s words, telling the hosts: ‘Under no circumstances will you order food here, this is not a hotel this is a temporary house and you will treat it with respect.’
Asked about her life in the public eye, Jenna admitted it wasn’t ‘always that much fun’ to run into trouble knowing the world was watching, but praised her parents for giving her the space she needed to grow.
‘I am so lucky we had the parents we did, because they always allowed us to be ourselves,’ she told the hosts. ‘Maybe you had a level of perfection for us, but our parents didn’t make us feel that way, which is a blessing, because I do think that kids, whether you’re the president’s children or not, are allowed to make mistakes.’
Barbara also looked back on an official lunch during which she says Silvio Berlusconi acted inappropriately towards her.
‘Well, it was lunch and he… showed a lot of affection for me,’ she said. ‘And he told me I should have children with his son and better yet, with him.
‘I was with the entire US Olympics committee and my mother so I didn’t feel threatened in any way. But I did think it was shocking.’
Host Juan Williams claimed Barbara could have started a ‘diplomatic flare-up’ if she ‘said the wrong thing’ to the man she said acted inappropriately towards her during an official function.
But Barbara pointed out how important it was to be able to count on other people’s support and replied: ‘Luckily, everyone protected me and laughed and made jokes in terms of it being ridiculous.’