Jenna Bush is obviously a very beautiful bride, how do the historians rate these brides among the children of presidents, or is there such a thing? Who do they say were the most beautiful brides?
There are two answers to that question. The political answer is… “They are all beautiful, what do you mean?” Then there is the inexorable and unforgiving answer of history that says, “Nellie Grant, Alice Roosevelt, Luci Johnson and Tricia Nixon were the most beautiful brides.” At least, till now, and that would only be the answer among White House brides.
There was the famous Hollywood actress, Faye Emerson, who was a star and a beautiful woman. She appeared in movies with Sydney Longstreet, Peter Lorre, Ronald Reagan and Raymond Massey. She married FDR’s son, Elliot Roosevelt, on a movie set near Grand Canyon, which fascinated the public, a marriage between Washington and Hollywood.
Certainly, Tricia Nixon was a beautiful bride and at her wedding, there was some indication that Alice Roosevelt was not a happy camper. Tricia was on the cover of LIFE magazine twice and there were raves about her. So Alice started making these little barbed comments about Tricia, saying she was a bore and that Julie Nixon had all the personality. Alice complained about the wedding, she said it was poorly organized, that her seat was wet.
I think she was disappointed that her own wedding, which had been such a major news event, but had happened 65 years before, had been all forgotten. No one seemed to remember or even care how beautiful she had been and how she had so captured the nation. All eyes were on Tricia Nixon.
And this Saturday all eyes will be on Jenna Bush, who now will surely be joining the ranks as one of the most beautiful brides in American history. And the nation will send their best wishes to her and her new husband, Henry Hager. See www.whitehouseweddings.com
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The colorful tradition of weddings of presidential children