“Sisters First” – By Jenna Welch Bush Hager and Barbra Pierce Bush was one of the most heartfelt, family based books that will have you laughing and crying from beginning to end.
This book takes the reader through the life of one of the most famous set of twins in this time period. From the time they were born and their grandfather was already Vice President up to just last April. When the country lost one of the most enduring and lovable first lady or The Enforcer and most importantly their grandmother Barbra Bush. (and everything in between)
Honestly when I first saw these girls, the news was reporting on the fact that someone had stolen Barbra Bush’s purse from under a table at a restaurant in Argentina. My first reaction was laughter and thought how careless the first daughters could be. I take all of that back now! I am 22 years old and completely understand how something like this can occur!
It was stories like these that might have gave the world the idea that they were just craving attention. That was just not the case. They never wanted every girls night to be plastered on the nightly news or on the front cover of magazines. They were simply young college girls trying to live a normal college life. I mean their parents told them they could live a normal life. However, almost having your boyfriend’s car get crushed by Marine One of the South Lawn of The White House on a first date is not what I call normal. (I think their father enjoyed having the Secret Service following his two girls everywhere.) lol. However, that was just not possible for them. Every little mistake or fumble they made showed up in next day news.
After all is said and done they grew up into very intelligent, down to earth young women. That have become very successful in their own careers. It may not have always been easy growing up with such a famous name (especially Barbra). They may not have always wanted their father to become President! However, they know that their name and their families legacy has given them opportunities that they would not normally have. Jenna has been given the opportunity to not only tell her family’s story but as well as many other extraordinary peoples stories on the Today Show. Barbra was able to realize her own passion with Global Health through the many travels with her parents during her fathers presidency.
The most important thing that I took away from this book had nothing to do with politics or the many articles written about the Bush girls. It was the incredible bond the Jenna and Barbra share as not just twins but as sisters. Throughout the book they kept bringing how they would always lean on each other for guidance and love. Through happy times such as Jenna’s wedding and the birth of her two girls to the devastating loss of a best friend, and their grandparents. They didnt just have each other but they had a fantastic support system of family and friends. Even the Secret Service and White House staff became a part of the extended family. It is just so important to surround yourself with people that will always be there for you no matter what!!
This book reminds me how incredibly lucky I am to be able to have four loving, caring and supportive sisters mixed into my big loving and caring family!