Jenna Bush Hager Had a “Not So Great” Reaction to George W. Bush’s Painting of Her

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After Jenna Bush Hager's father, President George W. Bush, painted her portrait, the Today show cohost admits she wasn't super excited about the results.

While speaking to People recently about her dad's personal artwork, Jenna shared that the former president painted her last summer and she "had a reaction, which was not so great." But to be clear, it wasn't so much a commentary on her father's talent.

"I tend to be critical of myself, but also critical of the way somebody else sees me," Jenna explained to the outlet. "So he painted me and it was okay. I just feel like I guess I have to start doing Botox, because he uses so much texture that my forehead looked really wrinkly. I think what is beautiful is that he captures the essence of people, and I do look very joyful."

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Last Wednesday, Jenna reiterated her feelings about the painting on the fourth hour of the Today show with her cohost Hoda Kotb. While producers flashed a photo of George's completed work, Jenna asked Hoda, "Is that what I look like? ... Is that what my face looks like? I'm just wondering."

While chuckling with Hoda, Jenna further explained, "When he was here [at the Today show], he told Hoda that I hate the painting. And I don't hate it." Hoda chimed in that George actually asked her if she wanted to keep it because Jenna "didn't like it."

Hilariously, Jenna also told Hoda that George's "biggest fear" is painting the women in his family. Apparently, when George tried to do a portrait of former First Lady Laura Bush, it ended up being "a bust" and was eventually "destroyed."

Despite not being super excited about her own portrait, Jenna has greatly appreciated her dad's other family paintings. This January, Jenna proudly posted two of George's portraits of her and husband Henry Hager's son, Hal, on Instagram and said they were her favorite Christmas gifts.

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" @Georgewbush Love how you see our precious boy. These bring me joy," she wrote at the time.

George has been sharing many of his painted works after releasing his new book Out of Many One: Portraits of America's Immigrants this April. The book includes 43 of George's oil paintings of American immigrants alongside their inspiring stories from many parts of the world.

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