- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 23, 2002

PRAGUE Jenna Bush, Secret Service code name "Twinkle," shunned the bright lights of her mother's 10-day European tour.

In the three years since Miss Bush and twin sister, Barbara, now 20, told their father they wanted nothing to do with his presidential campaign, neither has embraced public life.

"They just want to do like every other college junior," first lady Laura Bush said Tuesday with a chuckle.

Miss Bush, who just finished with her sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin, traveled with her mother to Paris, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

"She doesn't want her picture in the paper, so she avoids the times that there are a lot of press," Mrs. Bush told White House reporters in her traveling entourage.

While leaving an Air Force jet in Paris, Miss Bush strode behind a military valet's walking wall of Neiman Marcus garment bags.

In Budapest, she waited on the plane until the press was loaded into the motorcade.

Miss Bush traveled to Berlin yesterday to see her dad. She will return to the United States while President Bush and the first lady continue on to official visits in Russia and France.

Israel Hernandez, deputy to senior Bush adviser Karl Rove and a close friend of the Bush family, has been traveling in the official party to accompany Miss Bush.

When Mr. Bush was governor of Texas, Mr. Hernandez, now 31, was often called upon to help look after the twins when the parents were away, friends recall.

A government-paid escort is not unusual. When Hillary Rodham Clinton brought daughter Chelsea Clinton along on foreign trips, family confidante Capricia Marshall, also the White House social secretary, went along primarily for Miss Clinton's sake.

White House spokeswoman Noelia Rodriguez decreed at the outset of this trip that Miss Bush was traveling as a private citizen and was "off-limits" to the news media.

White House staff politely but firmly suggested to photographers that they avert their lenses, even on the rare occasions Miss Bush attended the first lady's public appearances.

At a remembrance ceremony at the Terezin concentration camp outside Prague, Miss Bush stood inconspicuously near the back of a military band.

In the presidential box of Budapest's Magyar Allami Opera House, Miss Bush did not take a front seat beside her mother until the house lights went dark for the evening's performance of "Madame Butterfly."

The following night, she was designated to sit at her mother's front table for a formal dinner on the lawn of the U.S. ambassador's residence, but ordered up some last-minute rearranging for a table at the back.

Barbara Bush, who finished up another year at Yale University two weekends ago, traveled with her mother to England and Italy last summer but stayed away altogether from this European trip that was her mother's official coming out on the international stage.

Just before leaving for Europe, Mrs. Bush traveled to New Haven, Conn., to help Barbara Bush move out of her dorm room. Mother and daughter then spent a weekend in New York City, shopping and walking unnoticed through Central Park.


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