Laura Bush made a surprise visit to the Fourth Hour of “TODAY” when she dropped by the show and surprised her daughter Jenna Bush Hager.
In true Fourth Hour fashion, Kathie Lee Gifford encouraged Hager to have a little morning pick-me-up and said “Your mom’s not here so you can do anything you want!” Gifford, after taking a sip, then said, “Actually she is! Here she is! Mrs. Laura Bush!”
Mrs. Bush was welcomed to the studio with a standing ovation from the audience as she took a seat between Gifford and Hager.
“Everyone needs to be on their best behavior,” Bush said as she settled in. She told the hosts that she was in New York City visiting her granddaughters, Mila and Poppy, for Valentine’s Day. As for her real Valentine, former President George W. Bush, she said that she “left him a Valentine at home. … It had an owl on the front of it and it said ‘Owl always love you.’ Needless to say, he didn’t send me a Valentine.”
Hager teased her mother about the “reason” she married the former president three months after meeting him but she insisted there was no controversy because the twins were born four years. Hager also told the audience that her father is a “really good listener” and Mrs. Bush gushed that she loves that her husband and daughter, Barbara, read the same devotion every day, Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling.”
“It made me feel a little left out, let’s be honest,” Hager teased adding that she teased her father about the text conversation he has with Barbara and now he texts her, too.
Gifford then encouraged the former First Family members to play a little game called “Family First” where Mrs. Bush answered questions about being with the former President. Hager teared up when her mother said she was “thrilled” when she found out that she was expecting twins and revealed that she definitely believed in “love at first sight” as soon as she met her husband.
Apparently, the girls were pretty naughty and Mrs. Bush told Gifford that Hager and Barbara got in big trouble when she caught them prank calling the switchboard of the White House while their grandfather George H. W. Bush was serving as Vice President. Naughty! Naughty!
But, Mrs. Bush turned the tables on her daughter when she insisted her granddaughter, Mila, needed ice cream at just three months old!
“She was sitting there feeding her ice cream,” Hager said. “But she wasn’t changing the diaper.”
Well, grandmas are made for spoiling!