Jenna Bush Hager Pays Emotional Tribute To White House Butler Who Died Of Coronavirus

Jenna Bush Hager Pays Emotional Tribute To White House Butler Who Died Of Coronavirus

Jenna Bush Hager paid an emotional and heartfelt tribute to former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who died final weekend, describing him as “the loveliest” one that made the official residence really feel like an actual dwelling. 

Jerman died on the age of 91 after contracting the coronavirus. He served 11 presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama, throughout his 55-year profession on the White House. He retired in 2012.

The “Today” present host Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, mirrored on Jerman’s impression on her household to co-host Hoda Kotb on Thursday’s episode.

“He was the loveliest. I think ‘lovely’ is a word that can kind of be overused. But he was always smiling,” she stated. “You know, it’s interesting because people will say, ‘Gosh, how was the White House? Did it feel like home?’ And the reason why it felt like home was because of people like him.”

Bush Hager recalled telling former first woman Michelle Obama, when displaying her across the White House, that the workers would change into a part of their household. At the funeral of one other butler who she referred to as “Smiley,” Bush Hager stated Obama approached her and stated she now knew what she meant.

“Smiley made my girls feel like this place was a home,’” Jenna remembered Obama telling her. “And Mr. Jerman did that in tenfold. We loved him. He was beloved by my family, and he will be so missed.”

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Bush Hager’s mother and father, former President George W. Bush and former first woman Laura Bush, additionally described Jerman as “a lovely man.” 

Michelle Obama, who included {a photograph} of Jerman in her bestselling memoir “Becoming,” praised him for his “kindness and care” and for serving to “make the White House a home for decades of First Families, including ours.”

“His service to others ― his willingness to go above and beyond for the country he loved and all those whose lives he touched ― is a legacy worthy of his generous spirit,” Obama added in an announcement. “We were lucky to have known him. Barack and I send our sincerest love and prayers to his family.”

Former first woman Hillary Clinton additionally honored Jerman for making “generations of first families feel at home.”

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