Wednesday on TODAY, guest Fourth Hour co-host Jenna Bush Hager got a bit teary remembering what her grandparents, former President George H. W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, have told her and her family about their remarkable seven-decade love story.
"I can't even talk about it, actually," she told Hoda Kotb, tears filling her eyes. "Because I'll cry."
But then she laughed, pulled herself together and continued.
"We always ask my grandparents, whenever we get a chance, to talk about their love and how they've kept it going," Hager explained. "Because I don't think it's always been easy, but what they say — and I see this, it's true, it's not just words — 'Go 75 percent of the way. You can't both go 50. You both have to go 75 percent of the way.'"
"And they've done it," she elaborated, looking at Hoda incredulously and happily.
"Now, you go into their house in Houston or Maine ... they're watching 'Law & Order' really loud, they have earphones on, they're both in their La-Z Boys, and they're holding each other's hands.
"This really will make me cry, but i just need to say it ... I was with my grandma, and I said ... 'Do you ever think about the day that [he] won't be here anymore?' And she said, 'No. Because there won't be a day. He'll die, and I'll die right after. I can't imagine my life without him."