Jenna Bush Hager Shares Creepy Story of Hearing “Musical” Ghosts in the White House

Nicol Natale
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Photo credit: Brooks Kraft - Getty Images

From House Beautiful

Jenna Bush Hager has been spilling lots of secrets about her time as First Daughter in the White House, and her latest is certainly fitting for October. Jenna’s father, former President George W. Bush, served his term between 2001 and 2009. While she didn’t live in the White House during this period (she was a college student living in Austin), she still spent lots of time there.

In a virtual interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Jenna confirmed all of those rumors about ghosts in the White House.

“Listen, Kelly, you would’ve liked these ghosts because they were very musical,” Jenna said. “They were musical and came with no harm. They were friendly, kind, and compassionate ghosts.”

Kelly, looking shocked, joked that she is “never going” to the White House after hearing of its special guests.

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Photo credit: SAUL LOEB - Getty Images

Jenna then recalled a potentially paranormal encounter she experienced with her twin sister Barbara Bush.

“Barbara and I were going to sleep, our rooms were right next to each other, and it was in college when people would call late. So our phone rang, and I woke up, and all the sudden we heard like 1920s piano music clear as day coming out of our fireplace,” she explained. “And I was like, surely it was the cat, or something. We had to pretend, in the middle of the night. But you could feel the music coming out of the fireplace.”

Kelly was in disbelief. “I think I would have immediately exited the premises,” she said.

“We jumped into each other’s beds. We were terrified,” Jenna recalled. But she continued to emphasize that the ghosts were peaceful. “I’m telling you, the ghosts were musical and meant no harm,” she said. “They weren’t evil.”

The White House was built in 1792 and has housed every U.S. presidents since John Adams’ term in 1800. “You can’t even imagine what’s happened there,” Jenna said.

And this isn’t the first time she opened up about the White House’s possible paranormal activity. In 2018, the she told her Today co-host, Hoda Kotb, that her and Barbara have never seen ghosts, but they have definitely felt them. “The White House has to be haunted,” she said.

In addition to hearing the “1920s music,” they had another musical experience with the friendly spirits. “The next week, we heard the same thing, but opera,” she explained. The sisters tried to talk themselves out of what they’d heard and confronted a White House staffer about their experiences.

“I said, ‘Buddy, you wouldn’t believe what we heard last night,’ and he goes, ‘Oh, Jenna, you wouldn’t believe what I’ve heard,’” Jenna told Hoda. “It was scary, but they came with good intentions. They were friendly ghosts.”

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