The hosts of the “Today” show gave Jenna Bush Hager a warm and lengthy welcome Thursday morning, complete with a montage of old family photos, home videos, and interviews with family members.
Jenna’s grandmother Barbara, mother Laura, and twin sister Barbara, reminisced about Jenna, the showboat, who dreamed of being on Broadway, and professes to love Meatloaf’s “I’d Do Anything For Love.” “Singing’s not her thing…at all,” says her grandmother. “But she thought it was.”
Laura and Jenna swear that the twins had very ordinary childhoods, despite frequent cameos on the campaign trail, and introductions to heads of state and personal “heroes.” Laura Bush says, “George and I made a very conscious effort to keep both girls out of the spotlight.”
“Telling my story makes me uncomfortable,” says Jenna. “But talking about other people who are doing extraordinary things… is amazing.”
The segment finished with Bush Hager being officially welcomed to the “Today” family by hosts, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker, Matt Lauer, and Natalie Morales on the set. Bush Hager told them she was “thrilled” to join the show, and that “one of the great parts is now I’m not ever again, promise, part of the story.” (Video here).
Her first report as guest correspondent will be tomorrow from Dallas.