Barbara Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush and granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush, voted for Hillary Clinton, she revealed in an interview with The New York Times’ Frank Bruni. In a wide-ranging interview with Barbara and her sister, Jenna Bush Hager, the siblings promoted their upcoming joint memoir, Sisters First, and shared stories about their family and from their time living in the White House.
The sisters said the two of them spent Election Night in Jenna’s bed after they fell asleep watching the returns into the early hours of the morning. While Jenna was coy about whether she was disappointed in the result — Barbara, for her part, made clear that she had wanted Clinton to win — both sisters responded decisively in the affirmative when asked if they wanted to see a female president soon.
“One hundred percent,” said Jenna, noting that her perspective had been impacted by her daughters Mila, 4, and Poppy, 2. “Mila the other day in the car, goes, ‘Mommy, Poppy rules the world,’ about her baby sister. And I go: ‘Well, Poppy could rule the world. Maybe one day she could be president.’ And Mila goes, ‘But, Mom, presidents are men.’ She said that.”
Barbara, who in March delivered the keynote address at the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas annual luncheon, also shared a disturbing incident from 2006 when she and her mother shared a meal with Italy’s then prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi, she said, told the then 24-year-old that she should have sex with his son, before adding if he “was younger, I’d have children with you.”
The sisters also spoke about Donald Trump, their father’s burgeoning interest in painting and emojis, and even their stance on the pro-choice movement.
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