Bush Daughters to Face Family After Alcohol Citations

ByABC News
June 1, 2001, 10:24 AM

W A S H I N G T O N, June 1 -- It could be a chilly weekend at Camp David.

After being cited by Texas police for underage drinking Thursday, President Bush's 19-year-old twin daughters are heading to the presidential retreat in Maryland for what could be an awkward weekend with their family.

Texas police issued citations on misdemeanor charges to the first daughters on Thursday for a night out at an Austin restaurant earlier this week.

Jenna, who less than a month ago pleaded "no contest" to possession of alcohol charges, was cited for showing another person's identification to buy drinks. Barbara, along with a 20-year-old friend who was with them, was cited for possession of alcohol. The Austin Police Department said today a hearing had been scheduled for June 12.

Grandma Bush: 'Pretty Hard to Believe'

The Bush daughters may also have to face some questioning from their grandmother.

"I've learned a long, long time ago that until you talk to the child, or if you weren't there, it's pretty hard to believe everything you read or hear," former first lady Barbara Bush told WDIV-TV in Detroit Thursday.

Mrs. Bush will have the chance to talk to her granddaughters at Camp David this weekend. Also scheduled to attend the previously planned family reunion are former President George Bush, the president and first lady Laura Bush. It will be the first daughters' first face-to-face meeting with their family since their trouble with the law began.

The citations were issued after police investigated an incident Tuesday night, when Austin police were called to a Tex-Mexican restaurant in south Austin. The manager had called to report that minors were trying to buy alcohol.

"This stemmed from a call the Austin Police Department received about 10:30 on Tuesday night at Chuy's on Barton Springs Restaurant," assistant police chief James Chapman explained Thursday. "We had a call to go in there based off of people that may have been drinking underage, and representing themselves to be 21 when they are not."