Jenna Bush almost drops the big Obama

Hesitates in naming her candidate for 2008

With her wedding coming on May 10 and a new book, co-authored with her mom,  on the bookshelves, first daughter, Jenna Bush appeared recently on The Larry King Show.  When asked who she would support for president in 2008 she hesitated.  Stunned, King ventured carefully, not sure what he was hearing, “Are you open to –“

“Yes, of course,” Jenna replied helpfully, “I mean, who isn’t open to learning about the candidates? But, I mean, and I’m sure everybody is like that. But I really, I mean, I honestly have been too busy with books to really pay that much attention.”

Ah yes, writing books can be an intellectual drain.

And what if Jenna Bush were to support Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton?  Don’t hold your breath.  The First Lady probably explained the facts of life immediately after the interview, to which, Jenna surely responded in a pout, “Mom, I already know the facts of life, I’m getting married in two weeks. Duh.”

Actually, if Jenna Bush or twin sister, Barbara, were to support a Democrat it would not be earth shattering anyway.  Presidential children do that sort of thing.  FDR had a son who opposed his father for re-election and became a lifelong Republican.  Ron Reagan, Jr. famously addressed the Democrat National Convention and tends to favor the more liberal candidate.  It is called “separation” and it happens in all families but in presidential families it is not a phenomenon limited to adolescence.  It is a process that is never resolved as in, this presidential son, now residing in the White House, who will not flip flop on taxes like his father, nor will he leave Saddam Hussein standing.

By the way, the First Lady – first daughter road show is not the first of its kind.  Even the joint appearances on The Today Show, with Laura Bush interviewing her own daughter has a precedent.  In the 1940’s, former First Lady-first daughter tandem, Eleanor and Anna Roosevelt co-hosted a national ABC radio show.   It lasted a year.  For the fascinating, tumultuous story of that relationship read


Published by Doug Wead

Doug Wead is a New York Times bestselling author whose latest book, Game of Thorns, is about the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. He served as an adviser to two American presidents and was a special assistant to the president in the George H.W. Bush White House.

4 thoughts on “Jenna Bush almost drops the big Obama

  1. As a parent, I think an accurate means to gauge how well you’ve taught your children is to witness which political ideology they embrace as they get older. If a parent has been successful at modeling certain principles and core beliefs, (in my case, conservatism), then their children have a better chance at following in their footsteps. Since Bush 43 has for the most part resembled a wishy washy moderate, then his children are doomed to waver indecisively when it comes to politics.

  2. You have remembered correctly. I knew the Nixon family peripherally over the years and Tricia was always the more conservative one like her father, so that’s not a surprising outcome. However, Julie and her husband David have been solid GOP supporters for the last 25 years. I would be interested in knowing if David is sticking with McCain.

  3. I believe it was Churchill who stated that “if you are not a liberal when you are 20, you have no heart. and if you are not a conservative at 40, you have no brain.”

    Jenna, like Chelsea are still very young despite having spent formative years in what can be construed as anything but a normal environment of the White House.
    the fact that both of them look reasonably well adjusted is pretty amazing. Of course either of them could appear on Jerry Springer (just how far from that is Oprah?)
    As far as their opinions, well,they are in their 20’s.

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