Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush got into a sisterly squabble about a boy they both liked in seventh grade on the Today show — after the latter claimed he was interested in her first.
The 41-year-old twins were celebrating the release of their new children’s book, Love Comes First, when Barbara joined Jenna and her cohost Hoda Kotb on Tuesday’s broadcast for a special sisters edition of their advice segment Girl Code.
When Jenna read one of the questions out loud, she had no idea that it would spark a debate about the boy she dated in middle school.
‘My sister told me she has a crush on a guy. He just asked me out. What do I do?’ she read from the teleprompter.
Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush got into a sisterly squabble about the boy they both liked in seventh grade on the Today show Tuesday
Jenna explained that they ‘didn’t have the same taste’ in guys, but they did like the same person ‘for a brief moment’ in middle school. The sisters are pictured in 1994
Hoda, 59, wanted to know if something like that had ever happened to them, but Jenna insisted the viewers’ questions had nothing to do with her and her sister.
‘We didn’t have the same taste,’ Jenna said. ‘Except I do think in seventh grade we both liked the same person for a brief moment.’
‘Well, he liked me first,’ Barbara bluntly stated. ‘And then you liked him.’
‘He gave her a frog ring in Central Park,’ she added.
‘I don’t think he liked you first,’ Jenna responded.
‘Yes, he did,’ Barbara argued. ‘He told me I was cute, and in seventh grade, if a boy tells you you’re cute…’
‘But then why did he not ask you out?’ Jenna interjected. ‘He asked me out.’
‘Because then he liked you,’ Barbara clarified.
‘Well, he liked me first,’ Barbara bluntly stated. ‘And then you liked him’
Barbara recalled how the boy in question told her she was ‘cute’ before he asked out her sister and gave her a frog ring in Central Park
The awkward moment passed as quickly as it came, and the sisters were soon back to laughing with each other.
Earlier in the segment, Jenna and Barbara fielded a question from a woman who was going on a trip with her early-bird sister and wanted to sleep in.
When Hoda asked Barbara if she was someone who liked to wake up early on vacation, she admitted she was the exact opposite.
‘I set the alarm three minutes before I need to be somewhere. I want to stay under the covers as long as physically possible,’ she said.
She explained that three minutes gives her enough time to brush her teeth, make a coffee, and get out the door for her morning power walk
‘Barbara loves sleep so much,’ Jenna said.
‘I love being horizontal,’ Barbara agreed.
The activist had Hoda laughing when she shared that she tries ‘to get eight hours of sleep a night,’ but her ‘dream would be 13.’
Jenna and Barbara had dinner with just their parents – George W. and Laura Bush – for the first time in ‘a decade’ over the weekend
The Bushes celebrated the former first lady’s 77th birthday, as well as their 46th wedding anniversary, while their daughters were back in their home state of Texas
The conversation reminded Jenna of how she recently told her father, former President George W. Bush, that his obsession with punctuality prepared her for Hoda, who also likes to be early for everything.
The twins shared that their father had them constantly frazzled about being late — ‘even though we were never late.’
‘Even at [almost] 42 years old, when we had an early flight, he was like, “Girls, what time will y’all be waking up?” Like seven times. “What time are y’all leaving?”‘ Jenna recalled.
Barbara explained that she ‘sees no reason to have extra time at the airport’ and arrives right before her flight.
‘Dad once texted my husband [Craig Coyne] and said, “Barbara needs to be ready at 7:30,” and my husband said, “I’ll do my best.” My dad replied, “That’s not good enough,”‘ she said.
Jenna and Barbara were fresh off their whirlwind book tour after traveling to their home state of Texas without their husbands or children.
The sisters had a special dinner with just their parents for the first time in ‘a decade’ while celebrating their mother Laura Bush’s birthday.
The former first lady turned 77 on Saturday, the day before her 46th wedding anniversary.
Barbara and her husband, Craig Coyne, have a daughter, Cora Georgia
The couple’s daughter turned two years old on September 27
Jenna and her husband of 15 years, Henry Hager, are parents to three children, Mila, ten, Poppy, eight, and Hal, four
Jenna shared a snapshot of herself and Barbara beaming while sitting across from their mom and dad, as well as a picture of their parents cozied up next to each other.
‘Happiest birthday to our darling mama! [We’re] so happy to get to spend the night with you just the four of us! We love you so! @laurawbush AND happiest 46 years to our parents. Love you both!’ she wrote in the caption.
Jenna opened up about the memorable moment on the Today show Monday while chatting with Hoda about their trip to Texas, saying they made five stops in just three days.
‘We went to dinner just the four of us and what we realized is, I don’t think we’ve been just the four of us in almost 20 years,’ she explained.
‘That’s an exaggeration,’ she corrected herself. ‘But let’s say a decade, because I have had a husband for a long time, we’ve had children for 10 years, Barbara’s had boyfriends and husbands, et cetera, et cetera.’
Hoda immediately laughed and wanted to know what she meant by ‘et cetera et cetera,’ and Jenna clarified that Barbara had a few boyfriends before she married her husband.
Barbara and Craig have a daughter, Cora Georgia, who turned two on September 27.
Meanwhile, Jenna and her husband of 15 years, Henry Hager, are parents to three children, Mila, ten, Poppy, eight, and Hal, four.
‘There was something about it that was really special, to be just the four of us,’ the former first daughter said of their dinner.
‘We had the best time and then we went and all got in bed,’ she added. ‘My dad was watching some sort of football game, and my mom opened her presents. And then we went to bed at 8:45. Anyway, it was so much fun.’