We Are Family: Ex-Presidents Call Each Other ‘Brother From Another Mother’

By Barbara Hollingsworth | October 7, 2013 | 3:13 PM EDT


Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Instead of partisan rancor between the families of former Republican President George W. Bush and his Democratic predecessor, Bill Clinton, the Bushes and Clintons both describe their post-White House relationship in intimate familial terms.

Former first daughter Jenna Bush-Hager even said that her dad refers to Clinton as his “brother from another mother.”

“I’m not sure if you know this, but Secretary [Hillary] Clinton and I are actually related,” Bush-Hager said last week while hosting a star-studded charity benefit in New York that raised $1.8 million for Save the Children, a 501(c)3 organization that received $174,311 in federal grants last year.

“People are shocked in the audience, but yes, she’s married to my Uncle Bill. Uncle Bill has become so close with my grandparents and my father - they’re constantly on what we call ‘The Road Show’ - that my dad calls him ‘a brother from another mother’,” Bush-Hager, a correspondent for NBC’s “Today Show,” told guests, including actress Jennifer Garner, former first daughter Caroline Kennedy, and New York Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz.

Later in the evening, Hillary Clinton returned the love: “I want to say a special word of appreciation to Jenna, who I have a special feeling of kinship with. It is an unusual experience living in the White House, and I’m so proud of what you’re doing, you and your sister, and the contributions you’re making, and so I join your Uncle Bill in telling you, ‘Keep at it.’”

This was the second time in as many months that the former First Families described themselves in terms usually reserved for blood relations.

In September, when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush presented Hillary Clinton with the National Constitution Center’s 2013 Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, she noted that her husband “just had one of their annual play dates up in Kennebunkport” at the Bush family compound.

“Jeb and I are not just renewing an American tradition of bipartisanship. We’re keeping up a family tradition as well,” Hillary Clinton said.

And in April, speaking at the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Library in Dallas, Bill Clinton said that “starting with my work with President George H.W. Bush on the tsunami and the aftermath of Katrina, people began to joke that I was getting so close to the Bush family that I had become the black sheep son.

"My mother told me not to talk too long today, and Barbara, I will not let you down,” Clinton joked.