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WASHINGTON--There is an intersection between show business and politics where political and entertainment celebrities mix. And on Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres parked herself on that corner when she interviewed one of the first daughters, Jenna Bush.

Turns out Jenna she wants to meet Chelsea Clinton. (Who is expected to surface any week now to stump for her mom.)

Said Jenna, on a book tour, "maybe we'll go get a cup of coffee in New York when this is all over." Said Ellen, "we should have coffee too. I'll be your friend."

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Transcript from The Ellen DeGeneres Show


On Wednesday, December 5, First Daughter Jenna Bush makes an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” They discussed being in the public eye, her recent engagement and if she’s friends with Chelsea Clinton. Also during the segment, Ellen asked if Jenna would call her parents, The President of the United States and the First Lady Laura Bush at home. Below is a transcript of what took place.


Ellen: I've talked to your mom on the phone before.
Jenna: She told me.
Ellen: Really? Good. Did she have fun?
Jenna: She did have fun. She said she thought she sounded stupid.
Which I'm sure she did.
Ellen: No, she was great. And we talked about all her work she's
doing. And she was great. And of course, I've met your grandfather,
who I just adore. I mean I think he has a little soft spot for me,
too. I think.
Jenna: He couldn't be a better grandfather. I have to say.
Ellen: He is the greatest, sweetest guy. I had so much fun. He was so
cool. We just sat. We had dinner together in New Orleans, and
everything he ordered he made me taste. And then he made me taste, he
had some kind of cocktail that he had that was delicious.
Everything…you have to have this, try this.
Jenna: He's so cute. He's so generous…I really adore him. I'm pretty lucky.


ON MAKING FRIENDS

Ellen: Here's my question to you…I would think it would be the hardest
thing in the world for you to make friends?

Jenna: Really? You know, it is. Luckily I've had a lot of great friends that
I've had for a long time. My friend that took the photographs in this
book is here today. She'd be really embarrassed if you showed her.
I've known her since I was 16. And I have great friends from high
school, and college. So yeah, I do make good friends with working. A
lot of my colleagues at school became great friends of mine. So, I
think it takes a little bit longer but usually people are good.
Most people are. But it’s got to be really hard to trust people
and to know.

Ellen: Are you friends with Chelsea? Do you know Chelsea at all?

Jenna: Well, I want to know her. She emailed me after of course three
interviews (while promoting her book). I said, "Call me Chelsea,” and then the next day I got an email. And I was like I wonder why she didn’t call or email,
because I begged her to. I think she seems like a very lovely
person.

Ellen: Yeah, because you got to have someone. You have your sister
obviously. But to have this kind of experience, to live
the life that you're living, very few people can share that with you.
And Chelsea would be somebody. I think you all have a lot in common.

Jenna: I think so. I think maybe we'll go get a cup of coffee in New
York when this is all over.

Ellen: We should have coffee too. I'll be your friend.

Jenna: Yeah, that will be fun. You can come.

Ellen: I would like to hang out too. I'll just invite myself. Because
I drink coffee.

Jenna: Great. I would love it if you could come.

ON BEING RECENTLY ENGAGED

Ellen: And congratulations on being engaged.
Jenna: I think he's much cuter in real life, though I have to say.
Ellen: That's not a good picture of him?
Jenna: I mean, I think he looks cute. But I think he's cuter in real
life. Not with the tie.
Ellen: Is he not usually that dressed up?
Jenna: Well he's in business school so he usually wears T-shirts.
Ellen: In business school?
Jenna: Yeah in business school you don't have to dress up.
Ellen: Really? That's ironic. I would think that you'd have to dress up.
Jenna: Yeah, I think it's the last couple of years before you have to
become really uptight.
Ellen: Oh, then you suddenly have to transition.
Jenna: Then you have to get out the suits again, exactly.

ON BEING IN THE PUBLIC EYE

Ellen: I'm just fascinated because I think you're in a situation, to
witness, to be in show business you're criticized all the time. You're
judged all the time. To be the President of the United States, you're
Criticized all the time. For that to be your dad has got to be… you know?
And everybody, whatever their relationship is with their parents… You
can love them like crazy, but they can drive you crazy. You know
everybody loves their parents. But it still is really hard. It's got
to be really hard for you to walk that line. To go, that's my dad, and
to hear criticism.

Jenna: Well, I try not to watch that much television or read anything,
you know, I mean any newspaper.

Ellen: This is a safe show, because you'll laugh every day. You can
watch this every day.

Jenna: I do watch you a lot actually. But nothing where I know there's
obvious things to stay away from. But also, he knew that when he got
this job. He knew there would be the possibility to be criticized. And
I try not to listen to what other people say, but I know they are
criticizing him in a role. That he is very different to them than he
is to me...he's my father. So I see him as someone that is totally
different. And I understand that, and I just try not to listen.

JENNA’S THICK SKIN

Ellen: Does it make you stronger as a person because you've witnessed
growing up with your grandfather in office and now your father is. To
understand how to have a thick skin?

Jenna: Probably, and it makes me never want to go into politics.

Ellen: Really?

Jenna: I have no interest anyway, but if I did, it would be out the
window, I'm sure. My sister feels the same way just because we've seen
people we love be criticized and it just doesn't seem like the type of
life I'd want to live.

Ellen: No I can't imagine anybody wanting to go into that. You can't
please everybody. Especially with politics, it's just…you know….

CALLING HER PARENTS:
Ellen: Now, is it easy, like if you just feel like calling him at
anytime do they go, oh, like he's in a meeting?

Jenna: I usually call him in the evening or in the morning when I know
they'll both be at home.

Ellen: Right. Because if I call my agent and my manager and they're
like, oh, they're in a meeting, when they're not…
Audience laughs

Ellen: Could you just pick up the phone like right now and call him?

Jenna: Sure. He's going to kill me though.

Ellen: Just say hi.

Jenna: You think I'm allowed to do this?

Ellen: Why not? You're his daughter.

Ellen: I could just call the White House Main Line.

Jenna: What time is it there? They're definitely asleep. What time is it there?

Ellen: No its only 4:30 right now so it's like 7:30….

Jenna: They may be in a holiday reception right now but I'll try to
call my mom's line.

Jenna: I'm going to get in trouble!

Ellen: Here, see if you have a dial tone. Hit 9.

Jenna: You're not recording the number or anything?

Ellen: No no no…I'm covering the number. Nobody's even looking. I'm
not looking. I don't want to get in trouble. I just want to say
hi…I'll call your grandfather if he doesn't answer.

Jenna: We'll try it. I'm not going to get anything I asked for Christmas.

Jenna: This is Lindsey. Hi Lindsey, I'm on the Ellen show. Are my
parents there? I'm on the Ellen show… she's going to kill me.

Ellen: Hey Lindsey, how are you doing?

Lindsey: Hi! I think she might be on your dad's line. But I'll transfer you.

Jenna: Okay.

Ellen: Well, I've already talked to her..let me talk to the dad.

Jenna: They're going to kill me, I'm going to be in so much trouble..

Ellen: No, they're going to be thrilled. Why wouldn't they want to
say, "Hi" to everybody, and say "Merry Christmas?”

Jenna: They may have wanted some warning.

Ellen: We're not barging in while they’re in their pajamas or something.

Jenna: Hi Mom? I hope so. It's like a phone call straight to live television.

Ellen: It's just a hello.

First Lady Laura Bush: Hey Jenna.

Jenna: Hi Mom.

First Lady Laura Bush: Hey I'm not watching you because you're taping right now.

Jenna: What are you doing, then?

First Lady Laura Bush: I'm just sitting here with Daddy.

Ellen: Oh hey! It's Ellen. I wanted to say hi to Daddy.

Audience cheers.

Jenna: Dad, Mom…

First Lady Laura Bush: Here he is…

Jenna: Ok, bye mom.

Ellen: No wait…

Jenna: I love you.

President Bush: Where you going?

Jenna: I'm not going anywhere, Dad.


President Bush: I love you.

Ellen: Hello President Bush…how are you?

Jenna: This is the Ellen Degeneres Show.

President Bush: Well that's great!

Ellen: How's it going?

President Bush: It's going great, Ellen. How's my little girl doing?

Ellen: Oh, she's great. She's scared she's going to get in trouble,
because I just said, "Is it easy to just pick up the phone and call
your dad anytime? She said, "Yes". So I said, "Okay well, let's call
him, and then she goes, "oh", and now she's scared that she's not
going to get any Christmas presents.

Jenna: Dad?

President Bush: Yes, baby.

Jenna: Are you mad?

President Bush: No, not at all. I'm excited to talk to you. I'm glad
to talk to Ellen.

Ellen: Look, we are showing a picture of you holding your daughters
when they were just born. That's beautiful.

Jenna: Best day of your life, remember Dad?

Ellen: All right, well, we just wanted to say Merry Christmas, and we
thought you'd want to say Merry Christmas to our audience.

President Bush: I do want to say Merry Christmas to your audience, and
I want to tell my little girl I love her.

Jenna: I love you too, Dad.

Jenna: See, I'm not in trouble.

Ellen: You're not in trouble, that's great.

3 Comments

I think this was great! Idon't always agree with our Pres. but I believe him to be a good person of moral integrity and values and respect him.

They are without a doubt the most personable family; I, too, believe our President and his family have proven themselves to be a good Christian family, he is a fine leader.

I think the exchanged between President Bush and first daughter was so cute. I mean, I don't always agree with the President either, but the exchange between Him and His daughter was sweet. I keep reading the exchange between Him and His daughter. President Bush is like regular people, not some stuck-up snob. I'm going on 40 years old, my daddy never said anything like that to me.Did my daddy care about me, I'm sure He did. However, He never talked like that to me.

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