Jenna Bush Hager Says Her Parents Almost Adopted Before Getting Pregnant with Twins
Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura raised two wonderful daughters, twins Jenna and Barbara, during their time in the White House, but according to Today show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, their family almost looked very different.
During an early Mother’s Day chat with other moms of the Today show (hosted at the home of Kathie Lee Gifford), Jenna revealed that her parents were having fertility troubles, and eventually sent in an application to an adoption agency. “My parents couldn’t get pregnant for a lot of years, and so they tried to adopt, and the day they found they were pregnant with us was the day they found out that they had been accepted to adopt,” she revealed.
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When they found out they were pregnant with twins, they held off on their adoption plans, according to Jenna. But the former first daughter still keeps an old photo of her parents by her bed—the same one they sent out to the adoption agency along with their application. “My mom used to say, ‘Doesn’t this just look like two people who are desperate to have children?’”
Bush Hager recounted the story while celebrating the arrival of colleague Hoda Kotb’s adopted daughter, Haley Joy, who joined the co-host's family earlier this year.