Jenna Bush Hager Recalls Attending Grandpa George H.W. Bush's Inaugural Ceremony
With the presidential inauguration tomorrow, Wednesday, January 20, Jenna Bush Hager took some time to reminisce on her past experiences on this special day. Most specifically, in Maria Shriver's newsletter The Sunday Paper — "a modern digital newspaper that Informs and Inspires Hearts and Minds" — she enjoyed a walk down memory lane to her grade school recollections of watching her grandfather, George H.W. Bush on Inauguration Day in 1989.
"My sister and I were little — we were in first grade — and we didn't quite understand the significance of it. We just saw somebody that we loved being sworn into office," she wrote in Shriver's newsletter. "We loved balloons and the parade. And we're from Texas so even just to be in Washington when it was cold and beautiful and wintery — it was almost like living a dream." (A very cold dream, we're sure.)
Later in the missive, Bush Hager talks about one woman, who really stood out to little Jenna: "We met an incredible woman named Nancy Clarke, who was a florist, and she took us down to the floral shop and we made bouquets for our grandparents' bedside," she wrote, noting that Clarke even went on to be the florist for her wedding to Henry Hager. "Everyone asks what makes the White House feel like home and it's the people — many of whom are lifetime employees — who fill it with this beautiful spirit of family," she continued, reminding us of the power of kindness and hospitality. You can read Bush Hager's full letter on MariaShriver.com.
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On the eve of Inauguration Day 2021, it feels like a fitting moment to be grateful for all the leaders who have served our country — and all the children staring up in wonder at a sea of balloons, and soon inspired to pursue a life of service and leadership themselves.