Jenna Bush, the President's daughter, is getting married tomorrow at the family's private ranch near Crawford, Texas. She and her groom, Henry Hager, will declare their vows in a private ceremony closed to the press.
A story from the Associated Press appears in the Columbus Dispatch, which tells of the history of presidential family weddings: "Historically speaking, the occasion will blend into a lively and varied mix of first-family nuptials stretching back to Dolley Madison's sister Lucy in 1812."
Jenna and her twin sister got quite a reputation when they were younger, for being typical girls of college age, and the spirited beneficiaries of privilege in a town like Washington.
This writer bears no ill will toward the Bush twins. On the other hand, one is not inclined to believe the press was rough on them. They knew if they were going to hit the bar scene in DC, and be bad little girls with little in the way of consequences, someone was going to consider that "news." And Daddy knew that while they were living the high life, other parents were sending their kids off to Iraq. That would have cost him one hell of a lot more "political capital" during WWII, when even FDR's son signed up just like other boys. (And no, girls, the Peace Corps is not the same thing.)
All the same, yours truly would wish only the best for the future Mr and Mrs Hager on their special day tomorrow. I just hope neither of them (or any of us, for that matter), forgets those who made the ultimate sacrifice, to make such a day possible.
Memorial Day is just around the corner...