President George W. Bush Celebrates 75th Birthday With Call From Daughter Jenna Bush Hager

by Matthew Wilson

Former President George W. Bush celebrates his birthday on Tuesday (July 6th). The politician turned 75-years-old in style. His daughter Jenna Bush Hager is the host of the morning talk show “Today With Hoda & Jenna.”

To celebrate her father’s birthday, Jenna and co-host Hoda Kotb decided to surprise call Bush. And the former president was more than ready for the occasion. Bush was spending his day with a little relaxation and walked down memory lane with his daughter. He was thankful to the TV hosts for their birthday wishes.

“Oh man, how lucky am I? Well, thank you. I’m glad somebody recognized it as such,” Bush said. “I’m just so grateful that you two would take time out of an incredibly busy schedule. It just felt like yesterday I felt like I was 74.”

Bush revealed he didn’t feel like he was only a couple of years away from 80. In fact, Bush discussed spending his retirement knocking off a couple of strokes from his golf game. He also enjoys painting, particularly portraits. And he’s even painted his daughter Jenna, though she doesn’t appear particularly fond of the portrait.

“It’s all in your mind. I don’t feel it. I don’t feel five years shy of 80 let me put it that way,” Bush said.

George W. Bush Honors Veterans

George W. Bush also had a busy weekend over the Fourth of July. He sat down with the CEO of Cigna Corporation, David Cordani to discuss an issue that’s near and dear to both of their hearts. Bush discussed the challenges that wounded veterans face returning home from active duty.

Bush advocated for wounded veterans at the Achilles Resilience Relay event. The event is a 650-mile relay race that stretches from North Carolina to New York City. It raises funds and awareness for wounded veterans and their struggles. Bush commemorated the bravery that service members face every day.

“Demonstrating bravery on the battlefield, they often return home with injuries — both visible and invisible — that intensify the challenges of transitioning to civilian life,” Bush told the Cigna Corporation CEO.  “Together, we celebrate an elite group of veterans who, through their perseverance and athletic accomplishments, are teaching us that when we face adversity, we can push our limits of what is possible.”

Bush urged people to stand up for and try to help their military veterans. He believes that people should end the stigma in regard to wounded veterans. Bush served for two terms in office as the president and commander-in-chief, starting in 2001.

“A lot of these vets get stigmatized and they say, ‘I don’t want anybody to know I’m struggling.’ You can’t help a person who is not willing to be helped,” Bush told PEOPLE. “My message is that it’s courageous to talk about your injuries — those you can see and those you can’t see.”