Open Letter from Bush Daughters Aims to Impart Wisdom and Advice to Obama Daughters

Andy Beth Miller | Contributor to | Friday, January 13, 2017

Open Letter from Bush Daughters Aims to Impart Wisdom and Advice to Obama Daughters

Leave it to the children to lead, it may seem, at least when it comes to a recent open letter penned by former President George W. Bush’s twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara. The two girls—via their thoughtful and generously kind overture recently issued to Malia and Sasha Obama—appear to be able to cross bi-partisan lines like their elders never quite could.

According to a recent report by, Jenna and Barbara display “true class, graciousness, and generosity of spirit”by not only reaching out to the Obamas in this way, but also with the style and spirit in which the letter is written, which is a welcome change from the divisive, negative political party separation that the recent campaigns have sadly fostered to further the Democratic and Republican divide.

Specifically, in their open letter, which they published at, the Bush sisters seek to share advice—and even apparent encouragement—to Malia and Sasha as the Obamas prepare to exit the White House—a huge transition that Jenna and Barbara know all too well. In’s own words, “The letter is one of advice and thoughtfulness of what they would have appreciated hearing when their dad left the presidency.”

One pearl within the passage had the Bush’s sharing the encouragement to: “Never forget the wonderful people who work at the White House. Our greeter as 7-year-olds at our grandfather’s Inauguration was Nancy, the White House florist, who ushered us in from the cold. She helped us make colorful bouquets of winter flowers for our grandparents’bedside. Twenty years later, Nancy did the flowers for Jenna’s wedding. Cherish your own Nancy.”

As well as “cherishing your own Nancy,”the twins advise the Obamas to enjoy college, make mistakes, explore their passions, and more. Thoughtful, giving, and tremendously impressive, the Bush daughters extend a final beautiful thought:  “Take all that you have seen, the people you have met, the lessons you have learned, and let that help guide you in making positive change. We have no doubt you will.”

You can see the entire letter at:


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Publication date: January 13, 2017