Former President George W. Bush was apparently not a fan of Nirvana.
His daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, revealed that an inappropriate song by the band once prompted him to break her CD in half when she was younger even though he was normally “so good about letting us listen to the music we wanted to.”
The “Today with Hoda & Jenna” co-host recalled the incident during Wednesday’s show, telling co-host Carson Daly that the Nirvana CD was one of the first she ever bought, though she admitted she could not remember which album it was.
“There was a really bad song on it, which I’ll tell you during commercial, but my dad heard it,” she said. “And my dad heard me playing it on my little Discman or whatever, CD player.”
“Future leader of the free world listening to you listen to that. That’s terrifying,” Daly quipped.
“Yes, he was terrified,” the 37-year-old former first daughter admitted.
“What’d he do?” Daly asked.
“He broke the CD over his leg,” Bush Hager recalled.
“He never was mad like that,” she added. “But this particular song really encourages, you know, I mean to hear your little daughter listen to it, you know what I’m thinking of.”
“I think any hardcore Nirvana fan could probably guess what the song is,” Daly noted. “It’s two words, right?”
“Yes, you’ve got it,” she replied.
She never revealed the name of the song, though the popular 1980s grunge rock band with frontman Kurt Cobain – who committed suicide in 1994 – sparked much controversy with their 1993 “In Utero” album which featured a song titled, “Rape Me.”
The future U.S. president did not seem to have a problem with another of his daughter’s favorite bands, punk rock band Green Day.
“Other than that, when we would drive, he would let me in our little minivan, put on, like the Green Day ‘Dookie’ CD and he would listen to it,” Bush Hager recalled.
The soon-to-be other of three joined Hoda Kotb as the permanent co-host of “Today’s” fourth hour last month, replacing former co-host Kathie Lee Gifford who retired after 11 years.
Her parents wished her well on her first day on the job.
The NBC host’s recounting of her father’s stand against the music she was listening to got plenty of reactions on Twitter where many speculated about which Nirvana song it was.
You go dad Bush!! That’s love.
— Little Miss Rogers (@BbygrlRogers) May 29, 2019
Kudos to him. Nirvana is overrated.
— NorseThunder (@Odinsonsmjolnir) May 29, 2019
At least GWB got one thing right https://t.co/KqWTFQLpzL
— Duris Holmes (@duris) May 30, 2019
Both songs were severely anti their subject matter but older people didn’t understand that.
— Miranda Binewski (@superlorna69) May 29, 2019
Any Nirvana fan should know the song. “Rape Me”.
— Justice and Honor (@STEELinNY) May 29, 2019
Love him more everyday! I always hated Nirvana….bunch of flannel wearin’ sissies. https://t.co/NtMbC1mdZG
— Jeromy Dowell (@JeromyDowell) May 29, 2019
Love that your dad took a stand!
— Mary Ann Sawyer (@marya_sawyer) May 30, 2019
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