“I Personally Thought It Was Great”: Jenna Bush Hager Defends George W. Bush And Ellen DeGeneres’ Friendship After Backlash

Date November 27, 2019

Last month, Ellen DeGeneres and George Bush became a trending duo on social media as commentators and critics alike took shots at their friendly relationship. While Ellen is undoubtedly one of the most influential women on TV when people discovered that she’s buddies with Bush, her reputation took a big stumble.

The show host, who was spotted enjoying an NFL match alongside the former president, was judged as people pointed out their different viewpoints on social issues. The biggest concern, of course, was “how on earth” Ellen DeGeneres, a champion of LGBT rights could be pals with Bush, a man who opposed same-gender marriages in America.

Recently, Jenna Bush Hager came out in defense of her father and DeGeneres, saying that she thought their friendship was a great thing.

Jenna Bush defends Ellen and George’s friendship

After George and Ellen’s friendship came under scrutiny by the public, the issue was bound to arise again and when PEOPLE interviewed Jenna Bush Hager, she had nothing but good things to say.

My dad likes people that think differently than him, that believe differently, and people are surprised by this.

Explaining herself, Jenna Hager said that as she was raised by her parents, she was led to know that having your own opinions is a good thing. Defending her father, she added that as a kid, anyone that had an opinion was free to air it, no matter how mundane it was.

For the 38-year-old mother to 2, people can have different opinions and even when they don’t agree, it’s important for them to treat each other with “respect and kindness.

Concluding her feelings on her father and Ellen’s friendship, Ellen added, “I personally thought it was great.”

People agreed that George and Ellen should not be judged

In this age, everyone makes their feelings felt and many agreed with Jenna Bush that Ellen and George can still be friends even though they disagree on some issues.

It’s called kindness and being a decent human being. 2 things lost in society today. And it’s sad

It was great just because two people have different views doesn’t mean they can’t be friends! Be kind that’s her motto!

I don't have the same beliefs as some of my friends and family members... doesn’t mean that I can't still love them and be around them and hang out with them...

That’s what smart people do. You have to surround yourself with different opinions so you can learn and grow.

Do you agree that it’s possible for people who disagree on important issues to be friends? Do people have to pay a price when they are kind to others?