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'Today' Co-host Jenna Bush Hager Reveals Why She Decided to Carry Her Husband's Last Name

Laura Beatham
Feb 16, 2021
02:20 P.M.

"Today" host Jenna Bush Hager revealed why she decided to carry her husband's last name during her show.

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"Today" co-host Jenna Bush Harger revealed why she decided to carry her husband's last name to her co-host, Hoda Kotb, during their show "Today with Hoda & Jenna."

The conversation was centered around President's Day, which happened on February 16th. Jenna is one of former President George W. Bush's two children.

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Hoda asked Jenna during an episode of their show this week whether she had debated about changing her last name to her husband's when they married.

She shared that she had never debated the name changing. She explained what happened when she was a teacher, and she went by "Miss Jenna." She said to Hoda:

When I was a teacher, I went by, "Miss Jenna," and I went by, then, Mrs. Hager" once I married Henry."

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She shared that she loves her family but believes it is nice to have your own name. Her sister, Barbara Bush, did not change her name when she was married.

Bush Hager shared a funny story about her youngest daughter Poppy, who had asked her how changing surnames worked. The young girl has asked her mom if it changed while she was in the hospital.

The couple has had other hilarious moments together, one of which included the security service.

Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb on "Today with Hoda & Jenna." February, 2021. | Photo: YouTube/TODAY

Jenna Bush Hager and Hoda Kotb on "Today with Hoda & Jenna." February, 2021. | Photo: YouTube/TODAY

During the episode, the conversation turned to President's Day. Hoda asked the former first child if they did anything to celebrate the day, perhaps with a cake.

Jenna shared that the family did not. However, for the first President's Day after Bush was not President, her husband, Henry Hager, had sent him a funny gift as she explained:

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"Henry on the first President's Day that my dad wasn't president, sent a singing gorilla to his office to sing like "Happy President's Day." "

Luckily the former President of the United States had found the singing gorilla hilarious. The couple has had other hilarious moments together, one of which included the security service.

Bush Hager shared that the couple was on a date, and Henry's car ran out of fuel. He was trying to make it to the gas station, but it was on a slight hill, and so he ended up rolling into the security service vehicle behind them.

Luckily the date was not a total disaster as they would eventually get married in 2008. President Bush had hold CNN at the time that it was a spectacular wedding.

Bush Hager and her husband have three adorable children together. Mila is their firstborn daughter, then they have Poppy, and their youngest child is their son, Hal.

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