The twin daughters of President George W. Bush spoke to a room of about 350 Girl Scout supporters Thursday during the Juliette Low Leadership Society luncheon. The luncheon at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club benefited Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma.
Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush spoke of their parents as role models, how their upbringing gave them a passion for public service and their home life. “My mom is now commanding the ex-commander in chief,” Hager joked.
Hager said at first they tried to veto the idea of their dad running for president.
“We wanted to be normal college students, but we quickly realized the amazing privilege of living history,” Hager said. “We've come to see the platform we resisted at first as an opportunity because we believe the more we know about the plight of people around the world the more likely we are to make a difference.”
Hager said she went as a teacher with Teach for America to Latin America in 2006 and was inspired to write her book, “Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope,” based on the life of a 17-year-old single mother she met there who was living with HIV.
She now is a contributing correspondent to NBC's Today Show and tells stories about inspiring people in the United States.
Bush is the CEO and co-founder of the nonprofit Global Health Corps, which places young people in health fields to serve in communities around the world that don't have access to quality medical care. She has traveled extensively in Africa and her organization serves overseas and in the United States. She also is a member of UNICEF's Next Generation Steering Committee, among other nonprofit boards.
At the luncheon, the two applauded the Girl Scouts' emphasis on training leaders for a life of service. Bush noted that of 11 Global Health Corps employees, 10 are women, and seven of them once served as Girl Scouts.
“No matter where you are in life, your talents can make a difference,” Bush told the crowd.
We wanted to be normal college students, but we quickly realized the amazing privilege of living history. We've come to see the platform we resisted at first as an opportunity because we believe the more we know about the plight of people around the world the more likely we are to make a difference.”
Jenna Bush Hager,