All about Jenna Bush Hager’s husband, Henry Bush Hager

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If you’ve been wondering about the story behind the popular power couple Jenna and Henry Bush Hager, we’ve got it for you.

They met during the Presidential Campaign

The duo met each other while Henry was working on Jenna’s father, George W. Bush’s Presidential campaign in 2004. At the time, he was working as a staff assistant for Karl Rove, the senior advisor for President Bush and he was also in a relationship.

The pair hit it off right away after being invited by their mutual friends to watch the Texas football game. 

The Misunderstood Proposal

After dating for three months, Jenna proposed to Henry. However, was turned down by him, which led to a “humiliating” Valentine’s Day incident. Jenna previously recounted on Today with Hoda & Jenna, explaining that she had mistakenly believed he was proposing, a moment which later ended up being printed in The Washington Post.

“I had kind of — in a dramatic fashion that you may or may not recognize — said, ‘Listen, if you don’t want me to move to Latin America, we need to get engaged,'” she said, adding that it was “kind of like a manipulative ultimatum.”

She explained that it was around Valentine’s Day and the pair went to a fancy restaurant that allowed you to make your fortune cookies.

“They brought two glasses of champagne at the end of the meal and tied around one was the fortune which they got wrong. It was supposed to say something like, ‘Go and when you come back, I’ll be here.’ But all it said was, ‘Don’t go.’ With champagne,” she said.

She added, “So, I was like, ‘Yes! I Will Marry You!’ And his face dropped. He could have cried.”

He Finally Proposed

Eventually, Henry proposed on a hiking trip in Maine and the couple got engaged in 2007. “We hiked to Cadillac Mountain, which is the first place the sun hits the United States,” she told Kotb on Today with Hoda & Jenna.

When the sun rose, he proposed,” she said, explaining that they woke up at 4 a.m. to go on the hike, with the Secret Service “right behind him.”

Before popping the question, he asked her father President Bush for his blessing. “So, the guy comes to see me, and he says, ‘I want to marry your daughter.’ I said, ‘Done deal,‘ ” Bush told CNN at the time.

They got married in 2008

On May 10, 2008, Jenna and Henry said ‘I do’ in front of 200 guests at her family’s lakeside ranch in Crawford, Texas. 

Twelve years ago I married this dude as the sun set over Texas—the day after his thirtieth birthday,” Jenna wrote in a 2020 Instagram post. “Twelve years, three kids, some loss, and insurmountable JOY,—and I still love him with all of me. Happiest anniversary Hank.

They have 3 kids together

The couple welcomed their first child, Mila in 2013, Poppy in 2015 and son Hal in 2019. 

In May 2023, Jenna and Henry celebrated 15 years together. Jenna commemorated the day with a sweet Instagram post featuring a carousel of photos of the two together through the years. “15 years with HH’s hand in mine. I love him. A lot. ❤️❤️,” she wrote in the caption.