Facts about The Twins
The Bush Twins Biography
Barbara, who has dark hair, was born first and is named after her grandmother, the former First Lady and wife of George Bush the elder. Jenna is blonde; she is named for the twins’ other grandmother, Jenna Welch, mother of Laura Bush. In the fall of 2000, as their father was finishing a successful run for his first term as U.S. president, both girls began attending college: Barbara Bush at Yale and Jenna Bush at the University of Texas.
Both Bush twins had well-publicized brushes with the law during their college years: Jenna Bush was cited for underage drinking in an Austin bar in April of 2001; she later pleaded no contest and was sentenced to community service and alcohol awareness classes. A second incident occurred on 30 May 2001, when both girls were cited by police after attempting to buy drinks at an Austin restaurant.
Both twins graduated from their respective colleges in May of 2004. George W. Bush left office and returned to private life in Texas in January of 2009. Jenna Bush married her longtime boyfriend, Henry Hager, on May 10, 2008 in Crawford, Texas. They have two daughters: Margaret (known as Mila) was born in 2013, and Poppy was born in 2015. Jenna later became a correspondent for NBC; Barbara founded the Global Health Corps.
George W. Bush was succeeded by President Barack Obama, and the Bush Twins were succeeded as “first daughters” by Obama’s own two daughters: Malia Obama and Sasha Obama. In 2017, as Obama left office, the Bush Twins wrote an open letter to the Obama girls, urging them to “Explore your passions. Learn who you are. Make mistakes — you are allowed to.”
A 2003 Associated Press report noted the Secret Service code names for the twins were: Twinkle for Jenna, Turquoise for Barbara.