Jenna Bush Hager: George W. Bush 'Doing Great,' Reflects on Last Eclipse Together

Jenna Bush Hager shares heartfelt family updates and health news

by Zain ul Abedin
Jenna Bush Hager: George W. Bush 'Doing Great,' Reflects on Last Eclipse Together
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In a recent interview at a solar eclipse viewing event in New York City, Jenna Bush Hager, co-host of Today, provided an encouraging update on her father, former President George W. Bush, who has been maintaining a relatively low profile in Texas.

Bush Hager expressed that her father, aged 77, is "doing great," offering reassurance to those curious about his well-being. Reflecting on past experiences, Bush Hager fondly reminisced about watching the previous solar eclipse nearly seven years ago with her father and her young children.

She shared that during the 2017 eclipse, she enjoyed the celestial event alongside her daughters Mila and Poppy, who were then 4 and 2 years old, respectively. Additionally, she recalled the presence of her grandparents, former President George H.W.

Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, who have since passed away. The absence of her loved ones during the recent eclipse prompted Bush Hager to express feelings of nostalgia and longing for those cherished moments.

Health Update: Bush's Recovery

Earlier disclosures about George W.

Bush's health were revisited during the interview. In November, Bush Hager disclosed on Today with Hoda & Jenna that her father underwent back surgery in 2023, potentially explaining his absence from public events, such as the ceremonial first pitch at the World Series opener in October.

A spokesperson for the former president confirmed the procedure, citing fusion surgery on his lower back and assuring that his recovery has been progressing positively. Despite the surgery, Bush remains resilient and is looking forward to engaging in activities such as riding mountain bikes with wounded warriors at his ranch.

The update provided by Jenna Bush Hager offers a glimpse into the personal life of the Bush family while reassuring supporters of the former president's health and well-being. As George W. Bush continues his recovery and maintains a private lifestyle, his family's reflections on past memories serve as a reminder of the enduring bonds that unite them.