- Jenna cohosted Thursday’s show with her twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush
- The 41-year-olds were asked about the first cocktail they ever loved
- Jenna claimed her producers were ‘trying to shame them’ for underage drinking
The 41-year-old was cohosting Thursday’s show with her twin sister, Barbara Pierce Bush, when they played a game called ‘First Loves’ that wasn’t as innocent as it seemed.
Jenna accused her producers of setting her up after they were caught off guard by a question that alluded to their past brush-ups with the law.
‘The first cocktail I ever loved… Wow,’ said Barbara, who was filling in for Hoda Kotb.
‘I think they’re trying to shame us,’ Jenna chimed in. ‘With our underage drinking, minor possession of alcohol.’
‘Yeah, that was rude,’ Barbara agreed.
The Bush twins were famously caught underage drinking during their freshman year of college, just months after their father, former President George W. Bush, was sworn into office.
Despite the implication, Jenna had no problem bringing up their past citation before answering the question from her producers.
‘I would have to say it was probably a wine cooler,’ she said of the first cocktail she loved.
‘Definitely a wine cooler,’ Barbara replied.
‘Or a Natty Light,’ Jenna added, earning a disgusted groan from the audience.
‘Or, remember there was something called Strawberry Hill?’ Barbara asked. ‘I don’t know if that’s still around, but I liked it — it was all sugar.’
Jenna couldn’t help but note that the sweet wine also ‘made you feel terrible.’
The twins have both been candid about being busted for underage drinking and even wrote about it in their 2017 memoir, Sisters First.
Jenna was a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin when she was first picked up by police for drinking a beer in a club in April of 2001 and pleaded no contest to a charge of possessing alcohol underage that same month.
She was ordered to pay $51.25 in court costs while serving eight hours of community service, and she also had to attend an alcohol awareness class.
The next month, Barbara, who was a student at Yale University, was visiting Jenna in Austin when they were arrested for attempting to purchase alcohol at Chuy’s, a Mexican chain restaurant.
That came after the manager notified authorities from the restaurant to report that a group of individuals who did not look 21 were ordering alcoholic beverages.
Barbara had already been served by the time police arrived and was charged with underage possession, while Jenna was rejected for using an ID that belonged to someone else who was of legal drinking age.
The incident landed the two on the cover of weekly magazines.
Jenna recalled on the Today show last year that her father ended up apologizing to her and her sister after telling them the first daughters they could be ‘normal’ at college.
‘The fact that we thought we could do that just speaks to how [our parents] were like, “Oh, you can be normal, it’s OK,”‘ she said, admitting it was a ‘stupid’ thing for her and her sister to do as public figures who were underage.
‘When I called my dad to say, “I’m really sorry… I got this ticket for drinking underage,” he said, “No, I’m sorry,”‘ he explained.
‘We did embarrass [our parents], but they never would say that. He said, “I’m sorry, I told you [that] you can be normal, and you can’t. You can’t order margaritas.”‘