Jenna Bush White House Roof Story Proves A Big Letdown — Not 'Fifty Shades Of Grey,' She Clarifies

Jonathan Vankin

Jenna Bush Hager created a major letdown Thursday morning, denying that her "hanky panky" on the White House roof was anything but "innocent." Her newly walked-back confession came on NBC's Today show, where the 33-year-old former first daughter is employed as a correspondent.

During an interview on the Bravo cable network's Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday, Bush Hager, who has been married to Henry Chase Hager since 2008, responded to a call-in question about whether she had ever "fooled around" in the White House when her father, George W. Bush, was president from 2001 to 2009.

At first, Bush Hager demurred, saying, "Listen, a lady never talks!" But then she loosened up at least a little, admitting to "hanky panky" that involved "maybe a little kiss on the roof."

She denied ever having taken the hanky panky into the famed Lincoln Bedroom, however, quipping, "Maybe I missed an opportunity there."

But speaking on the Today show the next day, Bush threw cold water on the excitement generated by her titillating comments, denying that anything beyond the aforementioned "little kiss" ever took place in the White House — or on its roof — as far as she was concerned.

"My husband and I did have our first kiss on the White House roof. Is that embarrassing?" she wondered aloud. "It's not as 'Fifty Shades of Grey' as people want it to be. It was pretty innocent, but really lovely."

Perhaps the public, eager to know more details of the Jenna Bush White House roof antics, should have been tipped off by Bush Hager's use of the rather antiquated term "hanky panky."

While actual research on the topic is difficult, an initial survey appears to indicate that the term "hanky panky" has not ben used in connection with activity in the White House since the Iran-Contra scandal in 1987, when Lt. Col. Oliver North, whose office was in the White House basement enlisted the help of his secretary, Fawn Hall, to shred documents relating to the scandal.

Under oath, North swore that he did not engage in "hanky panky" with Hall.

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"You know that I've got a beautiful secretary, and the good Lord gave her the gift of beauty, and people snicker that Ollie North might have been doing a little hanky-panky with his secretary," the Iran-Contra point man testified. "Ollie North has been loyal to his wife since the day he married her."

"I think I single-handedly brought back the word hanky-panky," Jenna Bush Hager said, finding one positive note from her White House roof confession.