Perusing the Washington Post this morning, I learned that Jenna Bush, the blonde twin, taught elementary school right here in my own neighborhood of Mt. Pleasant, Washington, D.C., at the Elsie Whitlow Stokes charter school. In recent days, Jenna has made herself available to the media for the first time. She's promoting her new book, Ana's Story, which tells the tale of a 17-year old HIV-positive mother in Panama who she met while working with UNICEF. Jenna is also recently engaged to Henry Hager, a GOP blue blood.
But what I found really interesting is that despite defending her dad as a good man, Jenna comes perilously close in the interview to publicly opposing his policies. Here's some of what she had to say:
On Iraq and criticism of her father: "Nobody wants war. ... Obviously, all of this breaks my heart."
On HIV prevention strategies: "Everybody knows that condoms prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS."
On the United Nations: "I'm not my dad. I can tell you that UNICEF is doing incredible work."
Visiting Elsie Whitlow with reporters from the Post and NBC, Jenna speaks frankly to the students about HIV. "Can you get HIV from holding hands?" she asks the students. "No!"
Someone call Bill Frist.