Is the White House haunted? Jenna Bush Hager shares creepy story

The White House has certainly seen its share of residents, but have any of them seen ghosts?

TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager paid a virtual visit to “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Monday and said there are ghosts in the historic residence.

“True or false: There are ghosts in the White House,” the talk show host asked.

“True!” Jenna replied. “And listen, Kelly, you would’ve liked these ghosts because they were very musical.”

Jenna added that the spirits were “friendly” and “compassionate” to her and twin sister Barbara Bush.

She also shared the creepy story during a conversation on TODAY in 2018 with Hoda Kotb.

Jenna recalled the time she and Barbara may have encountered the undead while living in the White House during their dad’s, former President George W. Bush’s, time in office.

The sisters were in their shared bedroom when Jenna’s phone rang. “It woke us up in the middle of the night,” she explained. “We had a fireplace in our room, and all a sudden we started hearing, like, 1920s piano music as clear as day coming out of the fireplace.”

It was so spooky that Jenna said she jumped in her sister’s bed. “We were both awake!”

Jenna and Barbara Bush (Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images)
Jenna and Barbara Bush (Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images)

To make things even more suspect, it wasn’t a one-time thing. “The next week, we heard the same thing but opera,” she said.

They ended up talking themselves out of the possibility the place was haunted, but a White House staffer made her question it again.

“I said, ‘Buddy, you wouldn’t believe what we heard last night,’ and he goes, ‘Oh, Jenna, you wouldn’t believe what I’ve heard.’”

Ghost stories from the White House are nothing new. Many former presidents and people who have lived there have reported seeing or feeling the presence of President Abraham Lincoln. And Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands apparently even fainted at the “sight” of him.

There have also been reports of ghost sightings for Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Andrew Jackson and even British soldiers walking the hallways. (*Shudder!*)

But Jenna insisted the ghosts she and her sister potentially came in contact with had good intentions. “They were friendly ghosts,” she assured us.

This story was originally published Oct. 15, 2018.

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Butterfly Bush Care – How to Start a Butterfly Garden

When starting a butterfly garden keep in mind certain plants attract butterflies into your garden. The butterfly bush is one such plant. "Budleia" is the Latin term for the butterfly. Therefore if you see this name on the plant tag or in the description, you can be relatively sure it will attract butterflies to your garden.

Butterflies feed on nectar in order to survive. The butterfly bush is loaded with nectar; Therefore the bush attracts the fragile insects as well as bees and hummingbirds. The bush grows large clusters of blossoms that are supported by thin, fragile looking branches. These blossoms are known to grow two feet in length.

After a rain or watering the flower heavy branches droop to the ground. When planting the bush allow enough space between plants so that they fall over without touches each other. Over one hundred unique species of the butterfly bush have been identified, but the butterfly adores not all of them.

Most species of the bush are sweetly fragrant to humans and butterflies. The midday sun is when the nectar is at its sweetest. An attractive characteristic of the bush is its beautiful colored flowers that come in shades of blue, red, purple, pink and white. Late spring is when you see its first blooms and they remain on the plant until the first seasons frost.

Seven feet is an average height for the bush, however some grow twelve feet tall. The butterfly bush is a fast growing plant and will fill in bare spots with beautiful blooms rapidly. Butterfly bushes generally grow well in most soil types, as long as it is well drained. The bush is quite hardy once established and can survive mild droughts. Soggy soils can cause the roots to develop disease or die.

The butterfly bush is classified as a semi-evergreen in zones with mild winters. In the northern states, you may prune it to ground level, and the bush will re-grow from the roots.

In warmer climates found in the southern states, trimming back is not required because they'll grow to their maximum size and stay there year-round. Flower cluster may be pinched-off to encourage extended blooming. Plant the butterfly bush in a full or partly sunny location, them sit back and enjoy the pleasures the bush brings.

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