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Former First Lady Laura Bush Continues DC Drought



    Since the Obama Administration moved into the White House last year, former first lady Laura Bush hasn't spent much time, if any, in the District.

    Many thought the Southern belle would return to Washington to accept the Internationalism Award given by American Women for International Understanding at their gala held at the National Press Club last night. But the drought continued.

    "She's on travel," saidAnita McBride, who served as Assistant to President George W. Bush and Chief of Staff to the former first lady.

    McBride, a resident of D.C., accepted the award on Bush's behalf following a video acceptance from the former first lady herself.

    "Mrs. Bush gets invited to things all the time. It was customary, even when we were in the White House, to send video acceptances when she could not attend," McBride said.

    Bush is staying close to home these days while continuing her commitments to women around the globe. During Women's History Month, she is set to work to increase education efforts in conjunction with the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council, a public-private partnership developed to support Afghan women and girls.