December 8th, 2008
09:21 AM ET
9 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. Andy J, Upstate NY

    blah blah blah

    Gosh, i think i actually like Bush more than Barb

    December 8, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Mi13

    She's like butter...
    I think it's possible to disagree with someones politics, and still like, or even love the person, I have many friends from the "other" party, big deal.

    December 8, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Mary

    She should keep her mouth shut about politics.

    She obviously thinks her award is more important than her politics

    December 8, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. sunshine

    just shows streisand is a hypocrite.

    December 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. N. S. Huntsville, Al


    December 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Bush Legacy-prison bound for all!

    Kiss of a killer!!! Interesting!!!

    December 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Lynn in NM

    Babs kissed a Republican???? Isn't this the same person that said she hadn't been able to perform until Clinton was inaugurated??? Did you need the publicity Babs?

    December 8, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Hopefully everyone is civil about this, it is an honor to receive an award from your goivernment for your achievments; even if the President is not one you are fond of. this is the way our democracy works and I for one I'm thankful for it.

    December 8, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. LIP

    Striesand should be honored, but isn't and it's funny what some people will do for attention. I think what Bush did is what you call turning the other cheek. After making ridiculous statements about President Bush, such as impeachment and theft of the office and after her husbands son stars in a sappy movie about Bush, then she attends a function at the White House and smiles as if nothing has happened. Give me a break...they should have thrown her out on her nose.

    December 8, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. A Canuck

    Ugh....gross....I didn't need this so soon after my Cheerios !!!!

    December 8, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Howie

    How could W be so low to accept a kiss from this lady, of all people. W your standards are going low

    December 8, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Len in Washington

    Slow news day, CNN? This is pretty lame.

    December 8, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. kaw

    If it would have been "lovely" to receive the award from President Elect Obama then I guess Babs should have demonstrated the courage of her convictions and declined the honor at this time.

    December 8, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. marie - ohio

    Barbara, shut up and show some respect for our president. Be happy that you received this outstanding reward.

    December 8, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Franky

    My first question is, why is Streisand invited to the White House? For that matter, why are Hollywood people there? Man, I knew the President is gonna take it slow but never this slow...

    December 8, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Wendell

    Why in the hell would he kiss that woman?

    December 8, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. RU Kidding Me?

    I like Babs, but sometimes she is way to arrogant. It is a Kennedy Center Honor. She should be grateful that she is receiving one, regardless who the President might be. Why doesn't she just refuse the honor and see if the committee will even vote for her again next year? Geez...get over yourself!

    December 8, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    In this case, a kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point.

    December 8, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX


    December 8, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Joe Truesdale

    He wasn't kissing her....he was getting close enough to lay a big hocker on her cheek!

    December 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  21. obama-mama

    Kiss of death.

    December 8, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Kenneth

    Did Babs lift her skirt before Bush kissed her on the cheek?

    December 8, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Butch Dillon

    "Art transcends politics this weekend," Streisand said...............the translation of this statement is: "Don't think of me as shallow, hypocrisy is OK as long as I'm getting awards and recognition in the process."

    December 8, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. RJN

    What has she done for this country ??

    December 8, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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