Worlds Collide: Jenna Bush Hager Interviews Bill Clinton


While former President Bill Clinton has been showing up all over the news this past week to discuss violent rhetoric, most of his time recently has been spent working on his many philanthropic endeavors. Over the past few years, he’s started numerous charities and appeared on TV to support them, typically while flanked by a member of the Bush family. However, since he’s run out of presidential Bushes, this morning he chose to join the one who’s a correspondent for the Today Show: Jenna Bush Hager. The youngest Bush (by a few minutes) talked to him about the Clinton Global Initiative and continuing relief efforts in Haiti during an interview that was one part informative and two parts awkward.

The producers of the Today knew that the big interest here was seeing members of America’s premiere families meet so, before the real conversation gets underway, they give us a few seconds of forced niceties between interviewer and subject. Which is by turns weird and awkward. The whole thing feels like the uncomfortable dialogue between a college student home for Christmas and her mom’s book club friend that she ran into at the grocery store. Fortunately, the social train wreck ends quickly and we get down to a clearly knowledgeable Clinton discussing the many issues in Haiti post-earthquake.

However, the most interesting part of the talk may come at the end, when Bush Hager segues into asking Clinton about the preparations for his daughter’s wedding. We say this is the most interesting part mostly because we’re hoping that it’s just a tease for an upcoming interview between Chealsea Clinton and George W. Bush. Come on, Today Show, hook it up!

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