Secrecy Veils First Daughter's Wedding Jenna Bush is getting hitched on Saturday to Henry Hager at the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Amy Argetsinger of The Washington Post talks with Andrea Seabrook about how you cover a wedding you're not allowed to attend.

Secrecy Veils First Daughter's Wedding

Secrecy Veils First Daughter's Wedding

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Jenna Bush is getting hitched on Saturday to Henry Hager at the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Amy Argetsinger of The Washington Post talks with Andrea Seabrook about how you cover a wedding you're not allowed to attend.

ANDREA SEABROOK, host:

Right now in Crawford, Texas, we're about to see the closest thing we get to a royal wedding. Okay. Maybe see is not the right word. First Daughter Jenna Bush is getting hitched, and there's a veil of secrecy over the festivities that would make the CIA proud.

The Washington Post's Amy Argetsinger has been trying to get the scoop, and she joins us now from Crawford. And, Amy, how far are you from the altar?

Ms. AMY ARGETSINGER (Washington Post): I think roughly between 12 and 15 miles away. I don't know exactly where the ranch is. This is my first time to Crawford and they're not exactly (unintelligible) for us to find the place.

SEABROOK: Are you in the high school gym?

Ms. ARGETSINGER: I am in the high school gym right now, yes. We just had a wonderful catered lunch and we're just waiting for stuff to happen.

SEABROOK: It's the standard filing center when the press goes down to cover Bush, but I don't think Americans know that Crawford is more or less a crossroads with a water tower.

Ms. ARGETSINGER: Yes. I think there are also some grain elevators and there's a swimming hole. There are a couple of a souvenir stands where you can get talking president dolls, a lot of Bush T-shirts, a lot of Bush buttons and, you know, of course, this week a lot of the Jenna and Henry souvenirs.

SEABROOK: Cool. Like what?

Ms. ARGETSINGER: Well, there's the Jenna and Henry mouse pad. I bought the last one of those. There's the...

(Soundbite of laughter)

Ms. ARGETSINGER: ...Jenna and Henry hand-tooled leather coaster. I also bought the last one of those. A lot of mugs, a lot of buttons, framed photos, things like that. Of course, you know, the souvenir stands are sort of in the same boat we're in. We don't have a lot of information. They don't have a lot of pictures. So, every Jenna and Henry souvenir has the same photo of them that was released when they got engaged last year, and you see that same photo staring out at you from every single store window here.

SEABROOK: So, is this the kind of thing you'll be writing about for the style section? I mean, you're not going to even get to see the dress or the cake of the first dance. What do you write?

Ms. ARGETSINGER: Reporters are here going out on the street talking to the owners of the souvenir stand, talking to the tourists. Every time a press secretary shows up here in the filing center, we berate and beg and wheedle and plead for something, something.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SEABROOK: What are you wearing, Amy, to the wedding? Or rather...

(Soundbite of laughter)

SEABROOK: ...the wedding coverage?

Ms. ARGETSINGER: I'm wearing a polo shirt and some long pants so that I don't get sunburned.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SEABROOK: Not exactly...

Ms. ARGETSINGER: It's freezing in this gymnasium so I've got a sweater, believe it or not.

SEABROOK: Not exactly Vera Wang, huh?

Ms. ARGETSINGER: Not exactly Vera Wang. Well, you know, this day isn't really about me. It's about Jenna.

SEABROOK: Amy Argetsinger of the Washington Post from Crawford, Texas, waiting with bated breath for tonight's Jenna Bush/Henry Hager wedding. Have fun down there.

Ms. ARGETSINGER: Thank you very much.

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