George W. Bush has become a grandfather for the fourth time after his daughter Barbara welcomed her first child with husband Craig Coyne: a girl named Cora Georgia.
The 75-year-old former president shared the news of the family’s latest arrival in a press release issued Tuesday, which revealed that his 39-year-old daughter had given birth to her baby in Maine – “not far” from the home of the Bush family. in Kennebunkport, where she and Craig were married in a surprise ceremony in October 2018.
“With full hearts, Laura and I are delighted to announce the birth of our new granddaughter,” George wrote in a statement.
Barbara gave birth to Cora Georgia Coyne on September 27, 2021, in Maine, not far from our childhood home where Barbara and Craig were married.
Parents! Former President George W. Bush has revealed that his daughter Barbara, 39, has given birth to her first child with husband Craig Coyne, 40
Happy news: The 75-year-old former president shared the news via a press release issued Tuesday, revealing that his daughter gave birth in Maine on Monday
“Cora is healthy and cute, and we are proud and grateful.”
The family has not yet shared any images of the newborn baby or her parents.
Baby Cora is the fourth grandchild to George and his wife Laura, 74, who have two other granddaughters, Mila and Poppy, and one grandson, Henry ‘Hal’, through their daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara’s twin sister, and her husband Hendrik Hager.
Unlike Jenna, who is an anchor on the Today show and regularly documents her family life on social media, Barbara is famously private and keeps her personal life largely hidden from the spotlight.
Her daughter’s birth comes nearly three years after she and Vanderbilt graduate Craig, 40, tied the knot in an intimate surprise ceremony in Maine after being engaged for just five weeks.
Barbara and Craig’s wedding was attended by a close circle of friends and family, including George and Laura, Jenna, Henry and their three children, and the bride’s grandfather, George HW Bush, whose beloved wife Barbara had been just six months earlier. passed away.
The ceremony was conducted by Barbara’s aunt, Dorothy Bush Koch, while her nieces Mila and Poppy acted as flower girls for the occasion.
At the time, it was reported that Barbara and Craig were planning to settle in New York City together – after spending much of their relationship on different shores, with Barbara living in the Big Apple while writer Craig remained in Los Angeles.
However, it’s possible that the couple chose to move to Maine before the birth of their first child.
Barbara and Craig first started dating in November 2017 after being hooked up on a blind date by friends — and just a few weeks later, they made their relationship official on New Year’s Eve.
Craig then proposed to Barbara just five weeks before they tied the knot, at a family gathering in Maine.
“It’s just been a really sweet romance,” Barbara told People at the time. “And we’ve been most of the long haul—he’s been to LA and I’ve been to New York—but we’ve spent a lot of time together.”
Barbara has long been more reserved than her twin sister Jenna, and she doesn’t have a public Instagram account — unlike her sibling, who regularly shares pictures of her home life with her three children, both on social media and on the Today show.
And while her job requires Jenna to be in the spotlight every day, Barbara also has a much more modest professional profile. co-founder of Global Health Corps, a nonprofit focused on public health.
Meanwhile, Craig is a writer and former actor who has appeared in a handful of films, including Jarhead (2005) and Unlovable (2018), as well as the web series Lonelygirl15 (2006).
Craig was cast by director Sam Mendes for Jarhead, which is based on the memoir by US Marine Anthony Swofford and starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Unlovable is an upcoming drama about a woman struggling with a sex addiction.
The Vanderbilt University alumni considers himself “the biggest Chick-Fil-A fan in the world,” according to a website for one of his films.
After graduating from Vanderbilt, the groom worked as a page in the US House of Representatives before moving to Los Angeles.
Pages in this position usually serve in their freshman year of high school, meaning Craig probably worked as a page between 1997 and 1998.
The then president was Bill Clinton and Craig’s new father-in-law George W. did not enter the White House until January 2001.
As a writer, Craig has worked on a live-action show for Comedy Central, as well as an original series with Parks and Rec star Jim O’Heir called Ask Play, which he also directed and is said to be in post-production. .
The groom, who creates web content and series with producers in Los Angeles and the UK, has also written a play, Delusions of Grammar, which landed him on the roster for the 2016 William Inge Theater Festival in Kansas.