07/23/2014 12:01 pm ET Updated Jul 23, 2014

Jenna Bush Hager Reveals What She's Learned From 'Gampy' George H.W. Bush

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Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush and a "Today" contributing correspondent, opened up about the lessons she learned from her "Gampy," former President George H.W. Bush, in a piece for Today News.

Hager tells intimate stories of her grandfather, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday by going skydiving. The new mom told how the former president is still "young at heart," tweeting for the first time at age 89, and she shared how "this summer over dinner he made a hilarious and slightly dirty joke that had the whole table in tears."

Hager also told a touching story about how Bush once put his granddaughters before a major presidential debate:

He has epitomized always putting family first. When we were little, he often babysat us even though he was running for president. Once, when we spent the night at the vice president's house, my sister lost her beloved stuffed cat, Spiky. He was prepping for a debate against Michael Dukakis, but after Barbara declared she couldn't sleep without him, he spent much of the evening searching for the elusive animal.

Read Hager's piece at Today.



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