updated 05/06/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/06/2010 AT 10:05 AM ET
You’d think Barbara Bush would be the first person tuning in every time sister Jenna, a Today show correspondent, does an on-air segment. Trouble is, Barbara has no TV!
“I live alone, so I’m trying to force myself to get out and do other things,” Barbara tells PEOPLE of her low-fi existence in a fifth-floor New York City walk-up apartment.
Luckily, Jenna, who lives outside the city, regularly comes to town and stays in hotels – where Barbara can get her TV fix. “She’ll pack a bag and come stay with me,” says Jenna. “We’re in the room, and I’ll be, ‘Can’t we read?’ And she’s like, ‘Nope. Is there a Law & Order on?’ ”
Barbara also keeps it simple when she visits Jenna and her husband, Henry Hager – she takes the bus. “It’s $10 and has Internet,” she explains.