If there’s anyone who could profoundly feel the pain endured to American Democracy by the attacks on Washington D.C. yesterday, it’s one of its former inhabitants, and that spoke leaps and bounds through the response former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager had to the situation at large.
Speaking on “Today” with Hoda Kotb within hours of the attacks, Hager reflected on the situation at the Capital building and said very firmly that “these images [of the protests] are not our America.”
‘This Is Not The America That I Know’
“What was so hard, I think, for so many of us who have grieving hearts, is these images are not our America,” the former first daughter said to Kotb during their candid January 7th chat. “This is not the America that you know. This is not the America that I know. It is not the America that we want our kids to know.”
“I have had the privilege of standing on those steps in several inaugurations—not just for family members—but for the first Black President of the United States of America when I was a teacher in inner-city D.C., and that meant so much to so many. I kissed my grandfather goodbye in that rotunda. I have felt the majesty of our country in those walls and nobody can take that from any of us,” she detailed about the experiences she took part in while her father was still in office.
Hager then went on to share the advice she received from a close friend, “We feel like we’re helpless, maybe, in this moment, but we’re not because the casual cruelty on the internet and words of leaders that do not reflect our country, we can stop that. We can share kindness, and smiles and love and we can take back what is our country that we all love so very, very much.”
The 39-year-old shared that despite seeing events transpire yesterday that she still can’t fathom she is hopeful for the future.
Full Of ‘Optimism’
The vicious attack on the U.S. Capital building yesterday saw four people allegedly killed, nearly 50 arrested, and several explosive devices found planted throughout infiltrated areas.
Hager says she is full of “optimism” for America despite the troubling circumstances, telling Kotb that, “I see you, seeing people I love—I mean, I have to say, I want to hug so many people today [and] that’s a hardship—but seeing people that represent the good, spotlighting them. Like, we have an opportunity, and I think I have faith that our country will be better,”