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Jenna's De Facto White House Wedding; Where Was Cheney?

To placate all you hungry Bush twin-philes, we have a few more details about Jenna (Bush) Hager's de facto White House wedding last weekend, the celebration for the hordes of extended family and friends who didn't make the cut for the real wedding down in Crawford.

Henry and Jenna Hager (White House Photo)

As we reported last April, the wedding was capped at first cousins -- no third cousins once removed or displaced-yet-loyal administration officials allowed. But they got their chance to see the first bride in her wedding gown up close and personal last Saturday in the Rose Garden and dance the Funky Chicken to the beat of the U.S. Marine Band.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of State Colin Powell were there. So were national security adviser Stephen Hadley, former Undersecretary of State Karen Hughes and former White House chief of staff Andy Card. Even the subpoena-dodging Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, made the cut for the list of roughly 500 guests.

But one famous administration official who was nowhere to be seen was Vice President Dick Cheney. He and his wife, Lynne Cheney, were out in Beaver Creek, Colo., at the annual American Enterprise Institute's World Forum, a Cheney spokeswoman tells us.

The newlyweds, Jenna and Henry Hager, spent most of their time on the dance floor, guests say. They also had a bride's wedding cake and a groom's wedding cake and did all the normal wedding rituals: they cut the cakes, drank champagne, had a first dance.

And President Bush, we're told, floated around the party chatting with guests, "engaging them and joking and being totally like any father of the bride -- beaming with pride." And despite his abysmally poor approval ratings with the public, the president couldn't have been more gracious and normal, "just like any other guy," says one guest, adding, that the Bush family seemed "normal, down to earth and fun."

More signs of normalcy: a dog food bowl and a soccer ball lying on the lawn adjacent to the Rose Garden. And mini-cheeseburgers on the buffet table.

Jenna wore her Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, which was described to us as "gorgeous" with white lace over a hint of black in the skirt of the dress. She wore her hair long, adorned with white flowers. First lady Laura Bush wore a "plum dark pink gorgeous dress," our fashion informant says, adding that the groom's mother "looked stunning in powder blue silk." Twin sister Barbara wore a royal blue dress "that puffed stylishly under the hem."

Another guest was impressed that the Marine Band played "Car Wash." And we're told there was "lots of circle dancing" -- very Texas.

And proving that marriage won't slow her down, Jenna and her husband and about 100 of their closest friends had an after-party at the new club Rookery on Pennsylvania Ave. not far from the White House, where, according to our colleagues at Reliable Source, the twins got on stage -- just like old times -- and belted out "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 27, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
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Who cares?

Posted by: Luke | June 27, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?

Posted by: Bob | June 27, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

lol ...I second that...who really does care?

Posted by: cat | June 27, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Who are these Bush twin-philes and why are they not turning to Pox News for this load of bull.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 27, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Put the Bush Twins in fatigues and send them to Bagdad!!! The troops will be home the next day!!! Support the brave troops. BRING THEM HOME!!!!!!!

Posted by: LR | June 27, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

The hell with these armchair warriors.

Posted by: David | June 28, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

It sure is nice that minutiae like this can take up someone's time. We even bothered to read it.

It ranks with Michelle Obama's comments about her shopping at Target. Ypu bet she drives her own car and shops like the rest of us...


Posted by: Pat10 | June 29, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: newsendorser | June 30, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

~~~~~Another voice cries out: "Who Cares!"

Who programmed and wound up the father of the bride so he could be "charming and proud"? Now THERE's a side of him we haven't seen. Too bad he wasn't programmed for "gracious" when he had a Texass barbecue for Queen Elizabeth and Philip.

I hope we won't have to listen to Bush stories after he is finally dethroned like we have had to be exposed to Hellary since she "suspended" her campaign.

Must be too many slow news days if we have to see this kind of reporting.

Posted by: Vampirella | June 30, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I can't fathom why ANYONE thought we'd give a rat's rear end about this ridiculous and pointless story...!

Posted by: dott | June 30, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Most, no, a majority....don't give GD about this story.

Posted by: skiloypet | June 30, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse


I for one hope I NEVER have to hear about the ugly "twins", ever again.

Posted by: MJ | June 30, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I am surprised that Colin powell was there, one of tahemost disgraced of all of Bush appointees

Posted by: sam rahall | June 30, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Cheney is too busy running the country

Posted by: oberst | June 30, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The Cheney's would have known months in advance about the White House affair and surely could have been there. A choice was made but by whom? Being at the a forum in Beaver Creek doesn't quite wash with me as a "reason" they weren't at the wedding reception. It's only a place and a place could have been anywhere else. Could the real reason have been that Jena and Henry can't stand the man and didn't want him there? Is there dissension in the Bush family about the Cheney's? Is our President cutting his puppet strings? Odd that the reporters didn't speculate as they usually do. A gag order from the White House? Come to think of it, why was their absence even mentioned? So that WE may do the speculating?

Posted by: MrSteffLax | June 30, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

PS: I agree with all the "who cares" comments with the exception of noting the Cheneys' absence. Who wore what designed by whom and in what colors is "who cares" pap. The real story here is Cheney's absence. Makes for interesting, possibly significant speculation.

Posted by: MrSteffLax | June 30, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Why would you need Cheney there? This wasn't a shotgun wedding.

Posted by: mark | June 30, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Cheney and his entourage weren't doing what they did here in Midland,TX back in February when his Secret Service detail ran a stop sign in a rental van and did $3,500 in damages to my car and a crooked adjuster said it was only $1,800, which is all I got. Another Bush administration "up yours" as we have witnessed over the last eight years!

Posted by: Buckaroo | June 30, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

"dance the Funky Chicken to the beat of the U.S. Marine Band"

"Even the subpoena-dodging Harriet Miers, the former White House counsel, made the cut"

"...despite his abysmally poor approval ratings with the public, the president couldn't have been more gracious and normal, "just like any other guy," says one guest"

"More signs of normalcy: a dog food bowl and a soccer ball lying on the lawn adjacent to the Rose Garden. And mini-cheeseburgers on the buffet table"

"Another guest was impressed that the Marine Band played "Car Wash." And we're told there was "lots of circle dancing" -- very Texas."

Mary Ann is quite the social critic, huh?
What a Bi***...what a consumate DC snob. People like her gives me the shivers.

As far as the rest of you, why are you reading a column that covers a topic you
say you don't care about? Too stupid to resist? And too small minded to not make your petty comments?

Y'all make me ill

Posted by: Anonymous | June 30, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The only relevance I find in this story is why Jenna and her husband are not fighting her daddie's war in Iraq. There are many parents of soldiers killed in Iraq who won't be able to celebrate their dead child's wedding.

Posted by: Muggs | July 1, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

i read this article to see if karl rove was dancing.

Posted by: jeff | July 1, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

No war unless a democrat is president!

Posted by: Muggs | July 1, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: J.J. G | July 1, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

What do Jenna and Henry have to do with soldiers killed in Iraq? A wedding is a happy event that in no way relates to the father-of-the-bride's political life. It's truly sad to see such animosity and bitterness directed toward these two.

Posted by: RiverCity | July 1, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they could just picture Cheney showing up in his tweed hunting jacket, with a leash looking to hook Bush back up.

Posted by: George III | July 1, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

As everyone else says, who cares? I mean, seriously, people get married all the time. the only thing of note was that Cheney wasn't at the wedding. I guess they didn't want him shooting anyone in the foot.

Posted by: ha ha | July 1, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

yeah,yeah,yeah i read the article to see if karl rove was dancing with other members of the texas crime syndicate.

Posted by: jeff | July 1, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

To borrow a comment from the Angler Who Wasn't There ... "So?"

Posted by: wotten1 | July 1, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm . . . I thought they HAD a very secret lovely wedding about a month ago in the charming hellhole of Crawwwwwwford? Is it necessary to get married twice in a month? Oh, yes, I see it's on the taxpayer, go right ahead! So that all the usual suspects could attend--and I DO mean suspects! Does this guy know the nightmare he has just married into? Baltimore, I FEEL for ya!

Posted by: Granny Jan | July 2, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Jenna is too precious, and I don't say that lightly. I am so impressed with this woman and seriously do not know how she ended up so grounded and aware considering her lineage. How can a man so badly screw up a country and not a daughter? It's perplexing.

Posted by: Marie | July 2, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

To River City - GWB sent us to war in Iraq. When the country is at war everyone should make a sacrifice just as they did in WWII. What sacrifices have we made as a country other than the families who have lost members in this war? The least the Bushes can do is to at least play it down. Oh yeah, I forget. GWB did say he gave up playing golf....What a guy

Posted by: Muggs | July 2, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: jeff | July 2, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Hail Hail the Gangs All Here
What the Hail do we Care
What the Hail do we Care
Etcera! Limon Anybody? Or would Carmen be Better?

Don't tell but I heard that Jesus Joseph and Mary Blessed this Wedding with 259 Value Meal Coupons for the formerly homeless in Elliot Spitzer's Favorite
Ramapo Borsch Belt Vacation Spa.

Personally I like the thin crust and the Colas.


dePaul Consiglio

Vote for America
Into the Future and Back to the Age of the

Posted by: dePaul Consiglio Monsey NY USA | July 4, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

cause and effect:

what's the problem rove? you like to dance EVERYWHERE with the exception of before the house judiciary committee.

afraid you'll have one of those "gotcha" moments?

Posted by: jeff | July 9, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

tell me the truth rove. is that you on youtube dancing all over the world? just stuck a hairpiece on your head. it's the legs and shuffling that give you away.

can't you just shuffle before the house judiciary committee.

Posted by: jeff | July 10, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

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