Laura Bush Just Commented on Jenna Bush Hager’s Claim That the White House Is Haunted

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Jenna Bush Hager firmly believes that the White House is home to some “friendly ghosts.” She said so while visiting The Kelly Clarkson Show in October 2020, but her mom, Laura Bush recently appeared on the talkshow and totally dismissed her daughter’s claim.

“[Jenna] mentioned that the White House was haunted,” Kelly said “Did you ever experience that?”

Sitting across from her virtually, Laura shook her head and smiled. “No, I think Barbara and Jenna were the ones that felt like it was haunted and pretended like they heard voices,” she said, referring to Jenna’s twin sister Barbara Bush. “It’s probably just the Secret Service talking down the hall in the other room that they heard. But we didn’t think it was haunted.”

The former First Lady continued: “We loved living there. It was a magnificent house and has a magnificent art collection which was also fun, to have the chance to live with those beautiful paintings.”

Kelly said she’s been to the White House a few times, but admitted that living there “would have been a little daunting for a kid.”

Jenna and Barbara weren’t exactly little kids when their dad, George W. Bush was president from 2001 to 2009. For the majority of it, they were college students, but they did stay there often. That’s when they allegedly encountered their new friends.

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

The first interaction happened when she and Barbara were settling in for the night. “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.”

Jenna remembered jumping into bed with Barbara. “We were terrified,” she recalled. But she doesn’t think what she assumed were spirits had ill intentions. “I’m telling you, the ghosts were musical and meant no harm,” she added. “They weren’t evil.”

Despite the conflicting Bush family experiences, the White House does have a lot of history. It was built in 1792, so if it were haunted, it wouldn’t be all that surprising.

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