George W. Bush, Amateur Pet Painter, Is Now a Grandfather

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George W. Bush, Amateur Pet Painter, Is Now a Grandfather
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George W. Bush, Amateur Pet Painter, Is Now a Grandfather

Jenna Bush Hager gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Saturday night. When the young Margaret Laura "Mila" Hager goes home from the hospital she'll sleep under a portrait of a cat painted by her (in)famous grandfather. Grandpa George W. Bush recently contributed the painting of the family pet — it's just one of many amazing artworks the former president's done during his idle days of retirement.

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But the real star of the story here is little Mila. George and Laura Bush announced the birth on Sunday afternoon. "She was born last night, April 13, at 8:43pm in New York City," the first-time grandparents said in a statement. "We met our beautiful granddaughter today. Jenna and Mila are healthy. And our family is elated."

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They should be. Welcoming a new member of the family is a joyous occasion, and in particular, Jenna becoming a mother is a big milestone for the Bush family. Remember, this is the girl who couldn't stop getting in trouble for underage drinking when her father was in the White House. Now she's all grown up with a real job and everything. On Friday, The New York Times published a very timely profile of Jenna in her new role at the Today Show, where she's a contributor. She's even surprised to have ended up where she is. "If you had asked me in college, was I going to do the job I'm doing now, I would say, 'Absolutely not,'" Bush Hager told the paper. The piece describes her father, W., as "an impatiently expectant grandfather and a baby nursery decorator." The cat painting counts as decoration.

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So, over a decade after he first took office, George W. Bush has a new job: helping to raise his grandchild. In the past, he's said that he takes "great delight in busting stereotypes" which is part of the reason he took up painting to begin with. "People are surprised," he told a Dallas newspaper of his hobby. "Of course, some people are surprised I can even read."

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