Laura Bush and Teresa Heinz Kerry have more in common than one might think.
At least according to the first lady.
The ever-poised Mrs. Bush and Heinz Kerry, the wife of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, met for the first time last week after the presidential debate in Florida.
It was a brief encounter, but Mrs. Bush said Wednesday she felt a campaign-trail kinship with her possible successor.
“I could tell we had a lot in common. We even chose the same color suits to wear for that night,” Mrs. Bush told Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show,” recalling how she and Heinz Kerry commented on their outfits.
“I really do feel we are members of a club,” Mrs. Bush said. “We are the only ones who know right now what it’s like for your husband to run for president in 2004. I’m sure we’d have a lot to talk about.”
'I will be wearing blue'
In an apparent attempt to avoid a fashion faux pas after the second debate Friday in St. Louis, she announced, with a wry smile, that “I will be wearing a blue suit on Friday night.”
A former school teacher and librarian, the first lady is known for her neighbor-next-door demeanor, while Heinz Kerry doesn’t follow the typical political script. She once told a reporter to “shove it” and has discussed subjects others might avoid, like her prenuptial agreement with Kerry and the cosmetic Botox injections she has taken.
Visiting “The Tonight Show” for the third time since husband George W. Bush was elected, Mrs. Bush stayed away from sticky topics like Iraq. Instead, she and Leno prattled about her two daughters, her hairstyle and pontificating pundits.
How does she deal with loudmouths on the TV talk shows?
“I turn them off,” she said matter-of-factly.
When it came to playful political points, Leno wasn’t quite so charitable.
After Mrs. Bush said she didn’t notice her husband scowling at times in the first debate, Leno jumped in: “I guess when you don’t have Botox, you can actually move your face,” an apparent jab at Kerry.