The dress debacle occurred on December 3, 2006, at a white House reception before the Kennedy Center Honors, and the guilty party was a red Oscar de la Renta gown. George and I were standing for the long receiving line greeting gusets when I saw a good friend of mine from Houston, She was wearing the identical red lace dress. We posed for the camera with slightly awkward smiles. A few minutes later a friend from Washington walked through in the exact same gown. Then came a goood friend of mine from California. Now there were four of us in the identical dress. We tried to turn it into a lighthearted mment, and the four of us gathered for a group photo, but I could tell that no one was amused. I had chosen the de la Renta gown beacause it blended so nicely with the brilliant red of the Kennedy Center’s interior. But after the last camera click, I raced upstairs to change into a navy blue dress from the back of my closet to wear to the awards ceremony.
My dress, however, had a long life. Not only did I wear it for the official White House holiday photo but I sent it to travel the country as part of the Heart Truth Red Dress campaign to raise awareness about heart desease.
Laura Bush: Spoken from the heart