Interviewing Jenna

Interviewing Jenna Bush brings back lots of memories for me. I watch her now, a young woman who has written a book about her passion for helping others, and think back to the last time I talked to her.

Jenna must have been about 13. The Bush family was living in Preston Hollow and her father, George W. Bush, had just been elected Governor of Texas. It was around Christmas, there were boxes all over the house as they prepared to move, and the newly elected Governor was helping decorate the Christmas tree. He was stringing the lights and jokingly referred to himself as “the light man”.

At one point during my interview with him, he referred to a boy Jenna must have liked at the time, by name. I could hear Jenna yell from her bedroom, “Dad”! How horrifying to have to go to school the next day and face the boy your father had mentioned in a television interview.

That interview was years ago. The Governor of Texas of course went on to become President of the United States. The twins, Jenna and Barbara, finished high school in Austin, went their separate ways to college, and are now both engaged in challenging careers.

What is fun for me now is to watch Jenna. Having interviewed her mother, First Lady Laura Bush, several times I am struck by how much Jenna’s facial expressions and mannerisms resemble her Mom. And I am also amazed at how poised Jenna is for such a young woman.
She answers reporters’ questions quickly, with a bit of wit, and never gives away more information than she intends to.

She reminds me a lot of one of the most popular First Ladies ever, Laura Bush. She’s done well.

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