Today's Jenna Bush Hager breaks down in tears over Capitol riots and says she 'said goodbye to grandfather in rotunda'
TODAY'S Jenna Bush Hager broke down in tears over the Capitol riots, sobbing that she kissed her grandfather George H.W. Bush goodbye in those hallowed halls.
The TV host became emotional during Thursday's episode of "Hona and Jenna" when she recalled her grandfather being laid out in the United States Capitol rotunda before his State Funeral in 2018.
"I kissed my grandfather goodbye in that rotunda," she cried. “I have felt the majesty of our country in those walls. And nobody can take that from any of us.”
Jenna's late grandfather was the 41st president from 1989 to 1993; his son and her father, George W. Bush, was the 43rd US President (2001 to 2009).
She spoke at her granddad's funeral at the National Cathedral, December 5, 2018 in Washington DC.
"One of the best privileges of our job is that we travel all around the country and we meet incredible, ordinary, extraordinary teachers and nurses and kind people," she told co-host Hoda Kotb.
"What was so hard I think for so many of us who have grieving hearts is that these images are not our America.
"This is not the America that you know, that I know – this is not the America that we want our kids to know, so that was hard. I have had the privilege of standing on those steps and several inauguration.
"And 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 DC," she continued in a shaky voice. "That meant so much to so many.
As well as president, Bush Sr was a WWII combat veteran, a member of Congress, ambassador, director of the CIA, vice president.
Jenna emphasized that the "casual cruelty" online and "words of leaders that don't reflect our country" aren't this country.
"We have an opportunity [to spotlight the people who spread goodness]," she concluded. "I have faith that our country will be better."
Her emotional commentary comes after a mob of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday during the Electoral College certification count, forcing politicians, journalists, and staffers to shelter in place.
One woman was shot dead and 56 cops were injured in the chaos that swept DC, according to Robert Contee, Acting Chief of the MPD.
Aside from the woman who was shot, police say three others were killed in what was described as "medical emergencies."
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