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Here's Why Jenna Bush Hager Is Proud of Former First Daughters, Malia & Sasha Obama

Busayo Ogunjimi
Sep 12, 2020
09:30 P.M.
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Jenna Bush Hager was live on the latest episode of "Just the Sip" podcast, where she spoke to E!'s Justin Sylvester about her new and reserved special praise for former President Barack Obama's daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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"Today" co-host Jenna Bush Hager graced the most recent episode of the "Just the Sip" podcast and opened up to Justin Sylvester about her new memoir, "Everything Beautiful in Its Time: Seasons of Love and Loss."

In the book, Hager revealed details about her paternal grandparents, Barbara and George H.W. Bush, and maternal grandmother, Jenna Welch, who all died in one year. 

Malia and Sasha Obama leaving the White House on August 6, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

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Hager also narrated multiple stories about them, some of which she shared with Sylvester during the podcast. The 38-year-old, who is daughter to former US President George W. Bush, and his wife, Laura, also spoke about her time in the White House.

Sylvester wondered how Hager's college experience would have been if social media was present at the time. In her reply, the television anchor noted that she and her twin sister, Barbara Bush, would not have fared well, saying:

"We wanted to be normal college kids. We experienced college in a normal way, which allows you to make mistakes. Thank goodness there was no social media." 

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Being able to cope with social media while being the US President's daughters is one of the many reasons Hager is proud of Barack Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

She explained that she and Barbara saw themselves in the Obama girls because Malia and Sasha went into the White House at a similar age as them when their grandparents were inaugurated.

It broke her heart that people could no longer celebrate the memory of their loved ones.

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Hager said she and her sister knew what it was like to be the daughters of the world's most powerful president. She explained that they wanted to be themselves, adding:

"You want to be able to have the room to make mistakes without being criticized for silly things. And they are exceptional girls—I mean, now they're women."

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In a previous interview, Hager also talked about Malia and Sasha living their lives after eight years in the White House. The mother of three noted that the Obama girls needed no advice, noting that they were remarkable girls and had done a terrific job as first daughters.

Hager spoke to "Watch What Happens Live's" Andy Cohen about the misconceptions of being a first daughter. She noted that it was hard to tell people's thoughts about her. 

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The television show co-host also said that people did not really know who her parents were, before adding that she and Barbara were in college when their father was president and did not live in the White House.

Meanwhile, in a recent chat with USA TODAY, Hager talked about her new memoir and her return to the "Today Show" amid quarantine and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The television anchor expressed her sadness over the happenings around the world, noting that it broke her heart that people could no longer celebrate the memory of their loved ones the way they would want to.

Hager wished she could talk to her grandparents about the pandemic, adding that she would have loved to hear their viewpoints. She, however, said she felt fortunate to have been able to celebrate their lives before the pandemic.

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