Opinion: Breaking News: Jenna Bush sets a wedding date


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President Bush’s daughter Jenna and her fiance, Henry Hager, have set May 10 as their wedding date, according to a report late tonight on the People magazine website.

Despite speculation about a grand White House wedding, fueled in part by her mother saying it would be ‘a lot of fun,’ the couple will be married on her parents’ 1,600-acre ranch near Crawford, Texas, People reported. That will ensure the kind of privacy for the wedding and reception that both Jenna and her twin sister, Barbara, have craved during much of their parents’ and grandparents’ public political lives.


‘It’s going to be a small wedding,’ an unnamed source told the magazine. She’s already selected her bridesmaids. A White House official would not confirm the People report.

The 26-year-old Bush and 29-year-old Hager became engaged Aug. 15 when he proposed on a Maine mountaintop at sunrise, after a month of secret planning among family members and Hager’s formally asking the president and Laura Bush for permission.

A former Commerce Department staffer and aide to political strategist Karl Rove, Hager is in his final year in the MBA program at the University of Virginia.

Bush, like her mother, is an elementary school teacher and has returned to her Washington classroom after a leave of absence to serve as a UNICEF intern. Her experiences in Latin America led to a book, ‘Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope,’ published last September. She is working on another book with her mother to encourage youths to read.

-- Andrew Malcolm