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Jenna Bush Hager recalls disastrous first date with husband Henry


‘I was laughing, but he was horrified’: Jenna Bush Hager recalls disastrous first date with husband Henry – whose car ran out of gas and crashed into the Secret Service vehicle behind them

  • Jenna, 39, shared the hilarious story of her worst first date ever with her Today co-host Hoda Kotb on Monday’s show in honor of Single’s Appreciation Day
  • The former First Daughter explained that she and her now-husband Henry Hager were in Arlington, Virginia, on their first date when he noticed he was low on gas
  • Henry attempted to drive to a nearby gas station, but the car ended up rolling downhill and hitting the Secret Service vehicle that was trailing them 
  • Despite their terrible first date, they ended up getting married in May 2008 and are now parents to three children: Mila, Poppy, and Hal 

Jenna Bush Hager has opened up about her worst first date ever, revealing her husband Henry Hager accidentally got into a fender bender with the Secret Service at the start of their relationship. 

The 39-year-old Today star shared the hilarious story with her co-host Hoda Kotb on Monday morning’s show in honor of Single’s Appreciation Day, which falls on February 15.   

‘My worst first date involved the Secret Service, let’s just leave it at that,’ the former First Daughter said, laughing.  ‘It was with Henry and his car ran out of gas and went backwards and hit the Secret Service.’

He was unforgettable! Jenna Bush Hager has opened up about the disastrous first date she had with her husband Henry Hager (pictured in 2019)

Looking back: The former First Daughter explained that she and Henry were in Arlington, Virginia, on their first date when he noticed his car was low on gas

Looking back: The former First Daughter explained that she and Henry were in Arlington, Virginia, on their first date when he noticed his car was low on gas

Jenna met Henry when he was working on her father George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential reelection campaign, and they hit it off. 

She explained that their disastrous first date took place outside of Washington, D.C. in Arlington, Virginia, where Henry was living at the time.  

They were in the car when Henry realized he was running out of gas. He attempted to drive to a nearby gas station that was up a slight hill — but he didn’t make it.   

‘He started to go up the hill and then booooop, crash,’ Jenna said with a laugh.  

Whoops! Henry attempted to drive to a nearby gas station, but the car ended up rolling downhill and hitting the Secret Service vehicle that was trailing them

Whoops! Henry attempted to drive to a nearby gas station, but the car ended up rolling downhill and hitting the Secret Service vehicle that was trailing them

Meant to be: Despite their terrible first date, they ended up getting married in May 2008

Meant to be: Despite their terrible first date, they ended up getting married in May 2008

While she was still amused by the situation over a decade later, Hoda gasped when she heard what happened. 

‘Were you scared or laughing?’ she asked. 

‘I was laughing, but he was horrified,’ Jenna recalled. 

The incident might have been a deal-breaker for some people, but it seems like it brought the two of them closer together.   

Party of five: Jenna and Henry are now parents to three children: Mila, Poppy, and Hal

Party of five: Jenna and Henry are now parents to three children: Mila, Poppy, and Hal

Look of love: The couple celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary in 2018

Look of love: The couple celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary in 2018

Jenna revealed last February that she was so head-over-heels in love with Henry that she asked him to marry her after just three months of dating — but he turned her down because she was too young.   

Henry ended up proposing to Jenna in 2007, and his mother, Maggie, told the Washington Post that he had asked President Bush for permission to marry his daughter.  

The couple said ‘I do’ in May 2008 at the Bush family’s estate in Crawford, Texas.

Jenna and Henry welcomed their daughter Mila, now seven, five years later. They also have a five-year-old daughter, Poppy, and a one-year-old son, Hal. 

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