Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Bush Recall Final Moments With George H.W. Bush | TODAY

Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Bush Recall Final Moments With George H.W. Bush | TODAY


WASHINGTON, D.C. AND SAVANNAH FOR A SPECIAL CONVERSATION ON FOR A SPECIAL CONVERSATION ON THE LIFE OF PRESIDENT BUSH. THE LIFE OF PRESIDENT BUSH. HEY, SAVANNAH. HEY, SAVANNAH.>>HI, GUYS.>>HI, GUYS. AS I MENTIONED, YESTERDAY AS I MENTIONED, YESTERDAY AFTERNOON I GOT THE CHANCE TO AFTERNOON I GOT THE CHANCE TO SIT DOWN WITH JENNA AND HER SIT DOWN WITH JENNA AND HER SISTER, BARBARA, AT BLAIR HOUSE, SISTER, BARBARA, AT BLAIR HOUSE, THE OFFICIAL GUEST HOUSE AT THE THE OFFICIAL GUEST HOUSE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. WHITE HOUSE. THAT’S WHERE THE BUSH FAMILY IS THAT’S WHERE THE BUSH FAMILY IS STAYING WHILE THEY’RE HERE IN STAYING WHILE THEY’RE HERE IN WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON. JUST LIKE THEIR GRANDFATHER, THE JUST LIKE THEIR GRANDFATHER, THE GIRLS WERE PILLARS OF STRENGTH GIRLS WERE PILLARS OF STRENGTH AND ALL-HEART. AND ALL-HEART.>>I THINK WE’RE BOTH>>I THINK WE’RE BOTH HEARTBROKEN HEARTBROKEN HEARTBROKEN. HEARTBROKEN. WE EXPECTED OUR GRANDFATHER TO WE EXPECTED OUR GRANDFATHER TO PASS AWAY SOON. PASS AWAY SOON. HE WAS 94. HE WAS 94. AND YET, IT CAME AS SUCH A AND YET, IT CAME AS SUCH A SHOCK. SHOCK. WE MISS HIM ALREADY VERY MUCH WE MISS HIM ALREADY VERY MUCH BECAUSE HE WAS THE CENTER OF OUR BECAUSE HE WAS THE CENTER OF OUR FAMILY. FAMILY. AND YET, I THINK, I ALSO GET A AND YET, I THINK, I ALSO GET A LOT OF JOY KNOWING HE’S WITH OUR LOT OF JOY KNOWING HE’S WITH OUR GRANDMOTHER NOW. GRANDMOTHER NOW.>>JENNA, OVER THE YEARS THAT>>JENNA, OVER THE YEARS THAT I’VE KNOWN YOU, YOU COULD BARELY I’VE KNOWN YOU, YOU COULD BARELY SPEAK OF YOUR GRANDPARENTS SPEAK OF YOUR GRANDPARENTS WITHOUT SHEDDING A TEAR. WITHOUT SHEDDING A TEAR. HOW ARE YOU DOING? HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>WELL, WE LOVED THEM.>>WELL, WE LOVED THEM. THE TEARS CAME FROM JOY. THE TEARS CAME FROM JOY. THEY GAVE US SUCH UNCONDITIONAL THEY GAVE US SUCH UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. LOVE. EVEN THOUGH HE HAD THE WEIGHT OF EVEN THOUGH HE HAD THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD ON HIS SHOULDERS, WE THE WORLD ON HIS SHOULDERS, WE NEVER THOUGHT OF HIM AS ANYTHING NEVER THOUGHT OF HIM AS ANYTHING BESIDES OUR GRANDPA. BESIDES OUR GRANDPA. AND THAT JOY THAT WE HAD ON OUR AND THAT JOY THAT WE HAD ON OUR FACES AS LITTLE GIRLS, IS FACES AS LITTLE GIRLS, IS BECAUSE HE MADE US FEEL SO BECAUSE HE MADE US FEEL SO SPECIAL. SPECIAL.>>Reporter: ON MONDAY, AS THE>>Reporter: ON MONDAY, AS THE SUN SET, THE NATION BEGAN TO BID SUN SET, THE NATION BEGAN TO BID FAREWELL TO OUR 41st PRESIDENT, FAREWELL TO OUR 41st PRESIDENT, AS THE BUSH FAMILY LOOKED ON, AS THE BUSH FAMILY LOOKED ON, NOT JUST FOR A FAMILY IN NOT JUST FOR A FAMILY IN MOURNING BUT A CUP,OUNTRY, TOO. MOURNING BUT A CUP,OUNTRY, TOO.>>THE BEAUTY OF IT IS THAT>>THE BEAUTY OF IT IS THAT STRANGERS STOOD ON THE STREET OF STRANGERS STOOD ON THE STREET OF WASHINGTON, D.C., WATCHING HIS WASHINGTON, D.C., WATCHING HIS CASKET GO BY AND SALUTING HIM CASKET GO BY AND SALUTING HIM AND WAVING. AND WAVING. THAT FILLS US UP IN OUR SADNESS. THAT FILLS US UP IN OUR SADNESS.>>Reporter: DO YOU FEEL THE>>Reporter: DO YOU FEEL THE LOVE AND RESPECT THAT IS BEING LOVE AND RESPECT THAT IS BEING POURED OUT FOR HIM THIS WEEK? POURED OUT FOR HIM THIS WEEK?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>ABSOLUTELY. I’M SHOCKED BY HOW MANY PEOPLE I’M SHOCKED BY HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE SOME MEMORY OF MEETING HIM HAVE SOME MEMORY OF MEETING HIM SOMEWHERE AND HOW THEY FOUND HIM SOMEWHERE AND HOW THEY FOUND HIM FUNNY OR HOW LOVING HE WAS OR FUNNY OR HOW LOVING HE WAS OR HOW PERSONABLE HE WAS. HOW PERSONABLE HE WAS. THAT’S A WONDERFUL GIFT TO US THAT’S A WONDERFUL GIFT TO US THAT WE GET TO HEAR ALL OF THE THAT WE GET TO HEAR ALL OF THE THESE OTHER PEOPLE’S STORIES AND THESE OTHER PEOPLE’S STORIES AND HOW HE TOUCHED THEIR LIVES, AS HOW HE TOUCHED THEIR LIVES, AS WELL. WELL.>>Reporter: HOW IS YOUR DAD>>Reporter: HOW IS YOUR DAD DOING? DOING?>>HE’S OKAY.>>HE’S OKAY. I THINK HE GETS A LOT OF PEACE I THINK HE GETS A LOT OF PEACE KNOWING MY GRANDFATHER IS WITH KNOWING MY GRANDFATHER IS WITH OUR GRANDMOTHER, AND THAT HE WAS OUR GRANDMOTHER, AND THAT HE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING REUNITED WITH HER. REUNITED WITH HER. AND SO, I THINK THAT BRINGS HIM AND SO, I THINK THAT BRINGS HIM PEACE. PEACE.>>Reporter: HE’S WRITING THE>>Reporter: HE’S WRITING THE EULOGY. EULOGY.>>HE’S GIVEN IT TO US.>>HE’S GIVEN IT TO US. OF COURSE, BARBARA AND I, WE OF COURSE, BARBARA AND I, WE NEVER HOLD OUR OPINIONS. NEVER HOLD OUR OPINIONS. WE’RE LIKE, THAT’S GREAT, BUT WE’RE LIKE, THAT’S GREAT, BUT CAN YOU ADD THIS LINE LIKE THIS. CAN YOU ADD THIS LINE LIKE THIS.>>Reporter: YOU’RE A TOUGH>>Reporter: YOU’RE A TOUGH CRITIC. CRITIC.>>WE JUST, YOU KNOW — HOW CAN>>WE JUST, YOU KNOW — HOW CAN YOU TELL A MAN AS GIANT AS OUR YOU TELL A MAN AS GIANT AS OUR GRANDPA WAS, HOW MUCH YOU LOVE GRANDPA WAS, HOW MUCH YOU LOVE HIM? HIM? IT’S A TALL ORDER. IT’S A TALL ORDER. I THINK IT WILL BE DIFFICULT. I THINK IT WILL BE DIFFICULT.>>I THINK HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE>>I THINK HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE HE CAN GET THROUGH IT HIMSELF HE CAN GET THROUGH IT HIMSELF WITHOUT — YOU KNOW, HE LOST HIS WITHOUT — YOU KNOW, HE LOST HIS FATHER AND IS DEVASTATED. FATHER AND IS DEVASTATED. SO, TO BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH SO, TO BE ABLE TO GET THROUGH THE EULOGY WITHOUT BREAKING DOWN THE EULOGY WITHOUT BREAKING DOWN IS SOMETHING ELSE HE’S WORKING IS SOMETHING ELSE HE’S WORKING ON. ON.>>Reporter: IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU>>Reporter: IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ALL HAD SOME VERY PRECIOUS TIME ALL HAD SOME VERY PRECIOUS TIME WITH HIM, PARTICULARLY THIS WITH HIM, PARTICULARLY THIS SUMMER. SUMMER.>>WE DIDN’T TAKE IT FOR>>WE DIDN’T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED. GRANTED. WE KNEW, MOST LIKELY, THIS WAS WE KNEW, MOST LIKELY, THIS WAS GOING TO BE HIS LAST SUMMER. GOING TO BE HIS LAST SUMMER. WE ALL KNEW THAT. WE ALL KNEW THAT. AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES WERE MY LITTLE GIRLS SINGING WERE MY LITTLE GIRLS SINGING “JESUS LOVES ME” AND WATCHING MY “JESUS LOVES ME” AND WATCHING MY GRANDPA SING IT. GRANDPA SING IT. AND EVERY DAY, MILA AND POPOPPY, AND EVERY DAY, MILA AND POPOPPY, LET’S GIVE GRAMPY A HUG. LET’S GIVE GRAMPY A HUG. AND I SAID, I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS AND I SAID, I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. IS RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. AND SHE SAID, OF COURSE IT IS AND SHE SAID, OF COURSE IT IS RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. GAMPY HAD TO GET TO GRANNY TO GAMPY HAD TO GET TO GRANNY TO HELP WITH THE CHRISTMAS TREE. HELP WITH THE CHRISTMAS TREE. THEY HAVEN’T BEEN APART. THEY HAVEN’T BEEN APART. AND SHE PROBABLY WAS, COME ON, AND SHE PROBABLY WAS, COME ON, TIME TO COME HOME. TIME TO COME HOME.>>Reporter: WAS HE REFLECTIVE?>>Reporter: WAS HE REFLECTIVE? DID HE TALK ABOUT, JUST KNOWING DID HE TALK ABOUT, JUST KNOWING THAT HIS LIFE WAS COMING TO A THAT HIS LIFE WAS COMING TO A CLOSE? CLOSE?>>HE WAS REFLECTIVE ABOUT MY>>HE WAS REFLECTIVE ABOUT MY GRANDMOTHER. GRANDMOTHER. I ASKED HIM IF HIS HEART WAS I ASKED HIM IF HIS HEART WAS BROKEN. BROKEN. AND HE SAID YES. AND HE SAID YES. AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, DO AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, DO YOU THINK IT WILL FEEL WORSE YOU THINK IT WILL FEEL WORSE THAN THIS? THAN THIS? AND IT REALLY GOT ME. AND IT REALLY GOT ME. OF COURSE HIS HEART WAS BROKEN, OF COURSE HIS HEART WAS BROKEN, HE HAD LOST THE LOVE OF HIS HE HAD LOST THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE. LIFE. AND YET, WHEN YOU ASKED HIM HOW AND YET, WHEN YOU ASKED HIM HOW HE WAS DOING, HE WOULD SAY, I HE WAS DOING, HE WOULD SAY, I COULDN’T BE BETTER. COULDN’T BE BETTER. I THINK INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT I THINK INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT HIS TIME BEING LIMITED, HE LIVED HIS TIME BEING LIMITED, HE LIVED AS MUCH AS HE COULD. AS MUCH AS HE COULD.>>Reporter: THAT INCLUDED>>Reporter: THAT INCLUDED WATCHING BARBARA GET MARRIED WATCHING BARBARA GET MARRIED JUST WEEKS AGO, AT THEIR JUST WEEKS AGO, AT THEIR LONG-TIME SUMMER HOME IN LONG-TIME SUMMER HOME IN KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE. KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE.>>WE DECIDED TO GET MARRIED>>WE DECIDED TO GET MARRIED QUICKLY SO MY GRANDFATHER COULD QUICKLY SO MY GRANDFATHER COULD BE WITH US. BE WITH US. HE GOT DRESSED EARLY AND CAME HE GOT DRESSED EARLY AND CAME DOWNSTAIRS EARLY BEFORE THE DOWNSTAIRS EARLY BEFORE THE WEDDING, SO HE COULD SEE ME IN WEDDING, SO HE COULD SEE ME IN MY WEDDING DRESS BEFORE WE GOT MY WEDDING DRESS BEFORE WE GOT MARRIED. MARRIED.>>Reporter: WHAT DID HE SAY>>Reporter: WHAT DID HE SAY WHEN HE SAW YOU? WHEN HE SAW YOU?>>ONE OF THE LAST THINGS HE>>ONE OF THE LAST THINGS HE SAID TO ME WAS, THAT I NEVER SAID TO ME WAS, THAT I NEVER LOOKED SO BEAUTIFUL. LOOKED SO BEAUTIFUL.>>Reporter: A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT>>Reporter: A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT TO CHERISH OF A LIFE WELL LIVED. TO CHERISH OF A LIFE WELL LIVED. WELL, THE GIRLS HAVE SO MANY WELL, THE GIRLS HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES. MEMORIES. IN OUR NEXT HOUR, THEY’LL SHARE IN OUR NEXT HOUR, THEY’LL SHARE MORE OF THEM. MORE OF THEM. AND THE FACT THEY HAVE SO MANY AND THE FACT THEY HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES SPEAKS TO HOW MUCH TIME MEMORIES SPEAKS TO HOW MUCH TIME THEIR GRANDFATHER GAVE THEM. THEIR GRANDFATHER GAVE THEM. HE HAD THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD HE HAD THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD ON HIS SHOULDERS AND THEY ON HIS SHOULDERS AND THEY THOUGHT HE WAS THEIR THOUGHT HE WAS THEIR GRANDFATHER. GRANDFATHER.>>TALKING ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS>>TALKING ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND THAT IMAGERY. TREE AND THAT IMAGERY. WE’RE SO CLOSE TO JENNA AND WE’RE SO CLOSE TO JENNA AND SEEING HER HEART OUT THERE. SEEING HER HEART OUT THERE. BUT TO WATCH BARBARA, THAT WAS BUT TO WATCH BARBARA, THAT WAS BEAUTIFUL. BEAUTIFUL.>>I WAS GOING TO SAY, BARBARA>>I WAS GOING TO SAY, BARBARA HAD A LOT OF SPECIAL ONE OF ONE- HAD A LOT OF SPECIAL ONE OF ONE- TIME WITH HER GRANDFATHER, WHICH TIME WITH HER GRANDFATHER, WHICH SHE TALKS ABOUT. SHE TALKS ABOUT.>>PASS ALONG OUR LOVE.>>PASS ALONG OUR LOVE.>>I WILL.>>I WILL. I WILL. I WILL. BY THE WAY, JENNA WILL HAVE MORE BY THE WAY, JENNA WILL HAVE MORE IN AN HOUR-LONG TRIBUTE. IN AN HOUR-LONG TRIBUTE. WE’RE CALLING IT “A LOVE LETTER WE’RE CALLING IT “A LOVE LETTER TO GAMPY.” TO GAMPY.” IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT, 8:00, 7:00

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