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Jenna Bush Hager shares George H.W. Bush 'point of light' letter after Trump jab

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 7/7/2018 Ryan W. Miller

KILDEER, IL - JUNE 27: Jenna Bush Hager speaks on stage during the KPMG Women's Leadership Summit prior to the start of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on June 27, 2018 in Kildeer, Illinois. © (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images for KPMG) KILDEER, IL - JUNE 27: Jenna Bush Hager speaks on stage during the KPMG Women's Leadership Summit prior to the start of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club on June 27, 2018 in Kildeer, Illinois. After President Donald Trump took a jab at her 94-year-old grandfather, Jenna Bush Hager responded by sharing a letter former president George H.W. Bush wrote her explaining his "point of light" motto and how he found happiness in service.

"A point of light was a vision about serving others, one that lit up our country, one I hope our country hasn’t lost," Bush Hager, the granddaughter of the 41st president, wrote in a tweet.

Bush Hager's response came after Trump dismissed her grandfather's "thousand points of light" phrase, asking "What the hell was that?" at a rally in Montana earlier this week.

In text of the 1997 letter Bush Hager shared, the former president reflects on how he didn't need to pursue happiness because he was already happy.

"I was right when I said, as President, there can be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others. So I do that now, and I gain happiness," Bush wrote. "I have found happiness. I no longer pursue it, for it is mine."

The former president also wrote about how he did not want a Pulitzer Prize or press attention.

"Thousand points of light" is a term Bush used to reference community volunteer organizations that "spread like stars" throughout the country. The phrase later spawned the creation of the group Points of Light Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on volunteer work.

More: President Trump takes swipe at George H.W. Bush's 'thousand points of light'

"What did that mean? Does anyone know," Trump told rally goers in Montana. "I know one thing: Make America Great Again, we understand. Putting America first, we understand. Thousand points of light, I never quite got that one."

The organization also tweeted about its origin after Trump's comments.

Read the full excerpt of the letter Bush Hager shared on Twitter Friday:

You ask about The Pursuit of Happiness at a good time in my life. I have pursued life itself over many years now and with varying degrees of happiness. Some of my happiness still comes from trying to be in my own small way a true "point of light." I believe I was right when I said, as President, there can be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others. So I do that now, and I gain happiness. I do not seek a Pulitzer Prize. I do not want press attention. I don't crave sitting at the head table or winning one of the many coveted awards offered by the many organizations across the land. I have found happiness. I no longer pursue it, for it is mine.

Contributing: Brett Molina. Follow Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller

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