Jenna Bush Hager reveals her twin Barbara PIERCED her own belly button in the seventh grade - as she recalls how her daughter Mila predicted her little sister Poppy will 'rule the world'
- Jenna, 37, was joined by her fraternal twin Barbara Bush on the Today show on Tuesday morning while promoting their new children's book, Sisters First
- The sisters talked about their close bond as well as the love Jenna's daughters Mila, six, and Poppy, four, have for each other
- Jenna proudly recalled how Mila came up to her after Poppy was born to declare that her little sister is going to 'rule the world' one day
- The twin authors said Mila and Poppy served as their 'muses' for their new book
- Jenna also admitted during their appearance that she tried to ride her sister's coattails into Stanford and recalled how Barbara pierced her own stomach
Jenna Bush Hager has reflected on the bond that she shares with her fraternal twin sister Barbara Bush while opening up about how her two daughters served as their 'muses' for their new children's book, Sisters First.
The 37-year-old sisters appeared on the Today show together on Tuesday morning — one day after Jenna returned to work following her maternity leave — to promote their latest project, which is a 'love letter to sisters everywhere.'
Their time on stage was full of revelations, with Jenna revealing that her sister boldly pierced her own belly button in the seventh grade. The mother-of-three also spoke about her daughters' relationship, recounting how Mila, six, told her that her little sister Poppy, four, was 'going to rule the world' one day.
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Twins: Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush appeared on the Today show together on Tuesday to promote their new children's book, Sisters First
Next generation: he sisters talked about their close bond as well as the love Jenna's daughters Mila, six, and Poppy, four, have for each other
The twins' new children's book was inspired by their memoir of the same name, Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life, which was published in 2015.
Barbara explained that they planned on doing a children's book first, but the idea evolved when Jenna was pregnant with her second daughter.
'We were busy helping Mila get excited for her new baby sister Poppy by telling her all the fun, hilarious things we did when we were little,' she recalled.
'She was so excited to be a big sister when Poppy was born, and so we thought it would be fun to share the different stories that we had shared with her for other sisters.'
Before their joint appearance on the Today show, the twins invited a group of sisters — including Mila and Poppy — to the Color Factory in New York City for the first reading of Sisters First.
Special day: Before their appearance on the Today show, the twins invited a group of sisters to the Color Factory in New York City for the first reading of Sisters First
Best friends: Mila and Poppy were among the sisters who listened to the reading and participated in a group discussion
Footage of the heartwarming event aired on Tuesday morning's show, and both Jenna and Barbara noted how sweet it was to see how much these little girls love their sisters.
When asked to talk about their siblings, Poppy told Mila she loved her and chose 'sparkly' as the best word to describe her. Mila returned the love by saying Poppy is 'cute and loving.'
Jenna, who welcomed a baby boy, Hal, in August, said her girls have been close since their first meeting.
'When Poppy was born, Mila said one day, she goes, "Mommy, Poppy's going to rule the world," and I loved that she wasn't comparing,' the mom said. 'I thought for a second, I was like, you know, maybe she could. Maybe Poppy could be president.'
If anyone has a chance of being president, it is a member of the Bush family, as both Jenna's father, George W. Bush, and late grandfather, George H.W. Bush, served as commander-in-chief. However, Mila wasn't convinced.
Too cute: Jenna and Barbara noted how sweet it was to see how much these little girls love their sisters
Sweet: When asked to talk about their sisters, Poppy told Mila she loved her and described her as 'sparkly.' Mila returned the love by saying Poppy is 'cute and loving'
'She goes, "But mom, all presidents are men,"' Jenna recalled. 'And first, my heart broke and I got enraged at [my husband] Henry just because he was sitting there and he was a man.
Then,' she joked. 'I was like, we have to get her enrolled in gifted intelligence.'
Inspiration: Jenna and Barbara said Mila and Poppy were their 'muses' for their new book
While speaking about her own close bond with Barbara, Jenna credited their parents, George W. and Laura Bush, for never comparing them when they were growing up.
'They really encouraged us to be who we were and be good at what we wanted to be good at and pursue individuality in that way,' Barbara agreed.
Jenna, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, was quick to point out that Barbara went to Yale University, an Ivy League school.
'When I was applying for college, I was like, "Dad, look what I found on this brochure. I can go to Stanford if Barbara gets in. They have a twin policy. They'll let me in,"' she shared. 'And my dad was like, "Do not ruin her chances."
'But they made us feel like even though I didn't have a perfect math SAT, I was still worthy of there love and she made me feel like that,' Jenna said of her parents and sister.
She also noted that she and Barbara were born to love each other, though that didn't mean they didn't get into fights from time to time.
Close as can be: On the Today show, Jenna proudly recalled how Mila came up to her after Poppy was born to declare that her little sister is going to 'rule the world' one day
'That type of love, I think, is inherent. I mean, that's how we are born. We loved each other from the moment — did we chase each other around the house with a baseball bat? I might have! But that love was still there.'
Both Jenna and Barbara stressed that their book is about more than just 'blood sisters,' it's about friends you become like family.
'Our mom is an only child and she has a group of sisters that she travels to national parks with, and they make her feel brave, like she can hike and do all these things,' Jenna explained. 'That's what sisterhood is. Whether it's blood sisters or friends like you all, it's pretty special.'
Later on in the show, the sisters played a game of 'On the Spot,' where they had to answer personal questions about each other, ranging from their first kisses to who kept their bedroom cleaner.
When asked which one of them was the 'rule breaker,' Barbara said they both were, but Jenna couldn't resist citing an example of her twin's rebellious nature.
Rebel: While answering personal questions during a game of 'On the Spot,' Jenna shared that Barbara pierced her own belly button in the seventh grade
Goofing around: Jenna also had fun imitating Barbara's go-to dance move, though her sister insisted it wasn't an accurate depiction
'In the seventh grade, she pierced her own belly button,' she said, shocking her co-host Hoda Kotb.
The twins were also able to take a moment to share what they loved best about each other, and they both ended up tearing up.
'I admire so much about Jenna,' Barbara said. 'Jenna makes everything more fun. She always has a positive attitude.
'I'm going to cry,' she admitted as she started tearing up. 'It makes going through life with her next to me so much more fun.'
Jenna, meanwhile, gushed that her sister 'has the biggest heart in the world.'
'She has chosen a career around it,' she added. 'She started a global not-for-profit and to her, there's no stranger.'