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Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush Found It Difficult To Date While Their Father Was President

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As daughters of the United States President Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush found it hard to navigate the dating scene.

For most people, having your dad as the President of the most powerful nation in the world can be a huge flex. However, although it had its benefits, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush had to contend with some unexpected issues. 

As the daughters of the 43rd president of the United States, Jenna, and Barbara were widely popular. The twin sisters, who were in their 20s, contested the dating scene with their father’s huge post hanging over their heads. 

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Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush
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Their tag as the daughters of the President made dating trickier than what most girls their age experienced. While appearing in an interview recently for their children’s book “The Superpower Sisterhood,” the sisters recounted their dating experience while their father was still at the White House. 

Barbara, now 40 years old, noted that the experience was very intimidating for the men who sought after them for a relationship. Jenna declared

“When Henry first asked me out, I remember him showing up at the White House, and his ears were red, and I was like, ‘Are you okay?’ He was so nervous. He was sweaty because … The helicopter — Marine One — was about to land, and he was like, ‘We have got to get out of here, like right now.’ “

Thankfully, things ended up quite well however the pressure of dating the president’s daughter was evident. Jenna also narrated how Henry and their Dad went mountain biking before they got married. 

The experience was difficult for him as he broke the chain on his bike and eventually ran into the Secret Service’s car door. Still, he persevered and ended up with what he wanted; to marry Jenna. 

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The Sisters Still Maintain A Strong Relationship

Jenna and Barbara have seen everything from being in the womb to their birth, the White House, marriage, and motherhood. In her essay for Vanity Fair, Bababara penned exactly what their relationship and connection meant to her. She wrote

“Jenna is my point of reference. I’ve never known the world without her in it, minus one minute. Or without her next to me. We’ve had a peculiar life — one that is extraordinary in scope yet ordinary in the day-to-day. And what a magical idea the universe had in giving each of us the luxury of a partner.

She noted that they’ve always had each other as a dinner partner, a dance partner, or a partner in crime. Barbara also shared many stories from their childhood, including how they dug for treasures in a neighbor’s backyard or howled at the summer moon. 

Barbara wrote about how their antics continued as they grew and how they always did what they wanted, which brought them happiness. She recalled their favorite book, “The Scarlet Ibis,” which they read together. 

She lauded their ability to prod laughter and love no matter what hurt they felt. Barbara also disclosed that they’d expanded the sisterhood pack with the addition of Jenna’s daughters, Poppy and Mila. 

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What Are They Up To Nowadays? 

Jenna married boyfriend Henry Hager in 2008. The couple has since become parents to daughters Mila and Poppy and son Henry. Meanwhile, Barbara is a new mother recently welcoming her child Cora Georgia with her husband Craig Coyne. 

Jenna is the host of NBC’s “Today Show,” and editor-at-large for Southern Living Magazine. She also co-authored the best seller ” Sisters First and Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life” with her twin sister. Jenna and their mother, Laura Bush, also wrote “Our Great Big Backyard and Read All About It!”

Meanwhile, Barbara is the co-founder and board chair of Global Health Corps. The organization has mobilized more than one thousand young leaders to try and solve some of the world’s global health challenges. She also recently obtained her master’s degree from Harvard University.

Although they are both married and mothers now, the pair try to get their families together often. Kennebunkport, Maine, is their favorite destination for summer vacation. The sisters bring their kids together to try and create recreate the bond they share. 

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