- Jenna Bush Hager revealed her Secret Service code name while her father, former President George W. Bush, was in office.
- Jenna said she was nicknamed “Twinkle,” while her twin sister, Barbara Bush, was referred to as “Turquoise.”
- Jenna has opened up about what being the daughter of a president was like.
While the United States Secret Service may look intimidating in their sunglasses and suits, it turns out they have a bit of a sense of humor—at least, according to Jenna Bush Hager. On a recent episode of Today, Jenna revealed that her family’s Secret Service personnel dished out fun code names to her and her twin sister, Barbara Bush.
Jenna and Barbara were in their early 20s while their father, former President George W. Bush, was in office. “It’s so funny, and I don’t know where this is coming from, but when you have Secret Service, you have a code name,” Jenna told co-host Willie Geist on Today. “And my sister’s code name was ‘Turquoise,’ because her eyes are really beautiful and turquoise.”
Jenna said her nickname wasn’t as exciting, though. It even led to confusion. “[It was] ‘Twinkle,’ which some people got confused with ‘tinkle,’” she said
“Would you rather be Turquoise or Twinkle?” she asked Willie. “Turquoise, I guess,” Willie replied. “I would’ve called you ‘Tornado,’ or something like that. That would’ve been cool, like a wrestling name.”
Jenna has previously opened up about being the daughter of a president, including misconceptions that she lived in the White House. “People will always be like, ‘What was it like there?’ I was in college, so I lived in Austin,” she told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live. Barbara was also in school, attending Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
And naturally, because of her father’s high-profile job, she faced a bit of judgment. “It’s hard to tell what people think about me, but I think probably maybe that I’m not a hard worker,” she told Hoda Kotb on Today. “I try to fight against that a little.”
In addition to her career as an NBC anchor, Jenna is an author, works with a range of charities, and stays busy as a mom of three. “You’re one of the most down-to-earth people,” Hoda told her. “You never get that feeling that you’ve lived any other kind of life than the lives we’ve lived.”
In a 2017 letter to Malia and Sasha Obama, daughters of former President Barack Obama, Jenna and Barbara wrote: “We have watched you grow from girls to impressive young women with grace and ease. And through it all you had each other. Just like we did.”
“Now you are about to join another rarified club, one of former First Children—a position you didn’t seek and one with no guidelines. But you have so much to look forward to. You will be writing the story of your lives, beyond the shadow of your famous parents, yet you will always carry with you the experiences of the past eight years.”
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