March 13, 2008 in Nation/World

Wedding plans call for budgeting, tact

Associated Press The Spokesman-Review

WASHINGTON – President Bush has started joking about the worst-kept secret in the White House: the May 10 wedding of his daughter Jenna.

“I had to face some very difficult spending decisions and I’ve had to conduct sensitive diplomacy,” Bush said Wednesday. “That’s called planning for a wedding.”

Bush’s line got a laugh from his audience at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Jenna and her fiancé, Henry Hager, have decided to be wed at her parents’ ranch in Crawford, Texas, rather than at the White House. The White House has refused to release any details, such as the setting on the ranch, who has been invited and how many people will attend.

Bush’s wife, Laura, has described the soon-to-be married couple as “soul mates” and has said the president likes Hager.

“He’s a really good guy,” the first lady said recently on “The Early Show” on CBS.

“He’s finally going to be the son that George never had,” Mrs. Bush said. Jenna has a twin sister, Barbara.

Bush joked later at a National Republican Congressional Committee dinner that Laura Bush could not attend because she was busy planning the wedding.

Bush said he was late getting to the event because his wife had him watching “Father of the Bride.” “I didn’t finish it,” Bush said. “I’m going to make my remarks short and go home and watch it,” he said.

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