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I've always had a soft spot for first-twins Jenna and Barbara Bush. It's got to be hard growing up under so much scrutiny, but they seem warmhearted and never resentful of the American people. People magazine interviewed Jenna and Barbara about the past eight years, and about what's next for their family. Here are some highlights.

  • Jenna on how her dad has changed: Eight years ago, my dad was a very popular Texas governor. And I think in Texas, he was able to get a lot done because he was friends with Democrats and Republicans — Democrats supported him. So he was — we were very optimistic. I think maybe I was a little naive about how people would treat him. But he's never wavered in his decisions and he's the same as he was when we were little, his ethics. So that's something to be proud of in itself. . . . He looks a little bit older, obviously. He's been under a lot of stress, so we're ready for him to go back to Texas and be warmly received, I'm sure.
  • Barbara on advice for the Obama girls: We gave them a tour. We were here when we were seven, which is Sasha's age, when our grandfather was president, and so we know how fun it was to be that age in this house. And so we showed them our little secret, fun places.
  • Jenna on the Obama girls: [T]hey're a lot younger than we are, cuter than we are — all younger and cuter. We're old news.


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melizzle melizzle 8 years
I also like the twins. It's tough being the president's kid.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I love them and their mother. How many of us didn't drink underage? Seriously. I loved her wedding dress too. We will welcome them back to Texas.
janneth janneth 8 years
I like 'em! Laura too.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I never heard much from them except for the drinking and Barbara falling on the ground (or something like that idk) but i guess it's b/c they were in college.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I should clarify - IGNORANT, angry, bitter people... Disagree with the man all you want but he's obviously not dumb or mean or unethical.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Her wedding dress was beautiful! She looked stunning. I can't image the feeling of relief they will have once he gets back to Texas. I think these girls and Mrs. Bush really have it the worst, its hard to hear so many angry, bitter people say hateful things about someone you love.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I liked it kranky. I saw her wedding pictures in a magazine (I think!). It looked like a very quiet and classy wedding. Her engagement ring is very unique too.
kranky kranky 8 years
Anyone here really like Jenna's wedding dress? I thought it was so pretty.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
that reporter deserved to be bit!!!!
krae85 krae85 8 years
I'm excited they are coming back to Texas!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I hope cuter than barney *cough* attack dog * cough* ahahahaha
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
No dog is cuter than Barney!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I saw this on a news show somewhere. Jenna said the new puppy was going to be cuter. I don't know if she meant cuter than them or cuter than Barney. :) All kidding aside, I think they turned out well all things considered. It's got to be so hard growing up in such a spotlight.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Why UnDave , does it play "land of confusion" and "invisible touch"?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I hope the Bush girls reminded the Obama girls not to push the big red button next to daddy's side of the bed. (a la Genesis) ;)
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"But he's never wavered in his decisions and he's the same as he was when we were little, his ethics. So that's something to be proud of in itself" It must be nice to hear that from your daughter, He is a good dad and they are testament to that.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I actually liked the Bush girls....they were as normal as they could be under such scrutiny. Drinking underage is a big deal, but it's not like they are some type of anomaly for doing so. They haven't shown themselves to be anything other than, solid, fun loving, normal young women! P.S. I think the Pres Kids should be off limits regardless of if you like the parents politics or not
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
I love how they bonded with the little girls. :D That's so cute.
stephley stephley 8 years
"But he's never wavered in his decisions and he's the same as he was when we were little, his ethics." Of course, the structure of that sentence renders it meaningless, which any sentence referring to Bush's ethics would be.
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