December 8th, 2008
09:21 AM ET
10 years ago

Streisand, Bush share kiss

Streisand has long been a critic of the president.

Streisand has long been a critic of the president.

(CNN) - Barbara Streisand is among the Democratic Party's leading Hollywood supporters and has charged President Bush stole the 2000 and 2004 elections, but all that seemed like water under the bridge Sunday when the famed entertainer appeared at the White House.

Streisand, who was honored at the Kennedy Center Sunday evening for her legendary career, got a kiss on the cheek from the president at the White House shortly before the event kicked off. Streisand did give the president a kiss back.

The event was so surreal it was played on video for attendees of the Kennedy Center honors later in the evening.

"Art transcends politics this weekend," Streisand said of her venture to the Bush White House, according to the Associated Press.

Though Streisand, who has called for Bush's impeachment, said it would be "lovely" if she instead received the award under President-elect Barack Obama.

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  1. clifford

    I'll bet this dumb broad didn't even know the President kissed her!!!

    December 8, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Jon


    December 8, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Beca

    Just like Obama is bringing some of his rivals to work for him, Bush is recognizing people that are actually against him. Not a big deal!

    December 8, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. TexasIndependent

    Streisand needs to stick to entertainment and stay out of politics. Impeachment? Are you kidding me? You don't impeach a president simply because you disagree with his ideas.

    December 8, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Red Hen

    Like most Hollywood Hypocrites, Ms. Streisand has chosen personal gain over her lofty political ideals instead. She certainly had the option of waiting to be kissed by the 'Big O' but chose instead to 'get it now' from a man whose grace and manners transcends her political ideology.
    Kudos to G. W. for showing that the President can honor ALL Americans for their achievements, even those who have been critical, vicious and just outright rude (including Jimmy Carter). Way to go George, your mama would be proud!

    December 8, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Mike

    He should have punched her in the mouth instead of a kiss. I could have respected him for that.

    December 8, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Tony

    Barbara Streisand is maybe the stupidest entertainer ever. But she has A LOT of competition.

    December 8, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. beckster


    December 8, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Jamie


    December 8, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. The Pecan State Pundit

    The worst kind of Conservative embraces the worst kind of Liberal. I'll have nightmares tonight.

    December 8, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Steve from Florida

    Who cares what a Hollywood type thinks?

    Although I am a clear Bush "disliker", Barbra's or any entertainer's views have no impact on my choices for politicians or anything else!

    They are, in fact, only pretenders.

    December 8, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. Dave

    Typical. Can't have your cake and eat it too Babs.

    December 8, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. MK


    December 8, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. sophia nyc

    No, what Bush has done was sodomize American society. It is NOT water under the bridge. Hold him accountable.

    December 8, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Lance Coardill

    Lucky guy, President Bush. Clinton would have found a way to insert the tounge

    December 8, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. NoOnesHomeBoy

    I'm sure Barbra wanted to bend over and give W. a proper target to kiss...

    December 8, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Bill

    Not that I am a fan of President Bush, but I would rather kiss Bush's wife than kiss Barbara Streisand. I have also been a democrat for the past 50 years and recently voted for Barrack. I honor Barbara as one of the best entertainers of all times, but think she should stay out of politics. Al democrats don't have the same views as the Hollywood hot line. I also don't feel Bush or Clinton should have been impeached. Bush had majority support from Congress and the Senate for the war. Despite the intentions of going to war against Sadom Hussaine should have been done a long time ago by all the countries that signed the international law against Genicide. Someone has to be a leader and America stepped up to the plate even if it was decades too late. I am surprised Barbara who is Jewish never gave that a thought. It is OK to commit Genocide as long as it is not done against the Jews.

    December 8, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. demit

    With a snot like there's no wonder Barbara's head turns WAY left...

    December 8, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. A kiss is just a kiss

    Could this be the beginning of a beautiful relationship?

    December 8, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. pat huntington ny

    betcha she secreted herself right to the bathroom to wash Bush's slime off her cheek and wash her mouth out with listerine!

    December 8, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. J Willaimson

    Barbra met John Kennedy while he was President (this while her career was just starting to take-off). It's amazing to think about how many presidents have come and gone since then. Congratulations to Miss Streisand and I wish her many more years of what she does best – singing better than anybody else!

    December 8, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. lf

    Let Barbara sing and the President ride off into the sunset to let history be the best judge of his 8 years in office. People were so displeased with Truman in 1952, and now history give him great marks.

    December 8, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. ran

    How would Rice know about being a good SOS she never was anygood at either SOS or NSA. She is another of Bushes's people who should be in jail.

    December 8, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Jaye

    Gag me with a spoon! LOL

    December 8, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. BS not Maverick

    The kiss of goodby!

    December 8, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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