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. Gracie

    UGH.... give me some sterilizer quick!!

    December 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Aaron

    If I were Babs, I think I would have thrown up in my mouth a little after that.

    December 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. BreAnna - Military Brat

    I thought that her name was Barbra Streisand.
    Anyway, it's nice to see that those two people can still be adults after Ms. Streisand's obvious contempt for President Bush in the past.

    December 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Steve from Wisconsin

    Why do people care about Streisand or any other Hollywood types? I know they are entitled to their opinions, just like any other U.S. citizen, but every election cycle, we're bombarded with their political views, as if they have some special knowledge, or as if we should care. I'm a conservative, so I'm probably on this one, but if these actors and other performers were Republicans, this would be bug me just as much. Please focus on their "art" and stop covering them and their political views, O.K.?

    December 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Sherrol

    I wonder what Morgan Freeman said to Bush that made the both of them laugh so much!?

    December 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. JL

    Wasn't it Streisand who was at that Obama fundraiser that the republican bloggers used to call him an elitist? Where are all those people when it comes to Bush kissing her? Double standard?

    December 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. tony

    What a great american, that's one of the many reasons America is in this position.

    December 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. David in Dallas

    Len said it best.
    "Slow news day, CNN?"


    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. BO is just B.O.

    Now we know the president has lost it!
    Where is my 10 ft pole?

    December 8, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Tom in Delaware

    Kill'em with kindness.

    Of course, nothing is good enough for the Liberals, they wouldn't know how to breathe if they didn't have something to cry about.

    December 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Matt in CT

    Yikes. President Bush better get his shots updated.

    December 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Emit R Detsaw

    Even the Godfather kissed his victims......

    Guess CNN needed some filler.......

    December 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Chuck

    You know folks we are all just people. I admire both of them for showing America that despite extremely different positions and opinions, that in the bigger picture we are all the same. If only we could convince the religious right that this is the case. The hatred would definitely subside. Kudos to both of them.

    December 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Paul

    "Ewwww!" – Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Yeah, can you imagine having to kiss Striesand?

    December 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Jacqueline

    You know it fires her crusty loins to get a kiss from a man like Dubya. He's the kind of white-collar, blue-blood, bad boy she has wanted all her life, but could never get. She can only attract washed-up, no-talent 3rd and 4th-rate show-biz trash like Brolin, or Hillary's sloppy seconds. She had a voice, I'll give her that. But zero talent as an actress, or director, zero intellect, and she's been a horrible, horrible mother. She did crank out an adrorable son though.

    December 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    La Streisand should have refused the award (like she needs more awards?) rather than recognize war criminal bush on any sort of level. I wouldn't waste spit on him.

    December 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Patty in the CA mountains

    My educated guess is that the only reason Bush agreed to honor Ms Streisand now is because he knows she would rather have received it under Mr Obama and ANYTHING to vex her!!! What an adult we are dealing with here.....and contrary to the comments of some, her statements regarding impeachment and theft are shared by most of America at this point and there are many of us out here that wish he would be tried for crimes against the she washed her check in a hurry....

    December 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Sue

    and we care about this, why?

    December 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Dave, Central Illinois

    Im suprised that the old bat can still pucker up with all the Botox in her face.

    December 8, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. The smart Guy

    Get your groove on GW!

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Will 18E

    Hey LIP, Barbara was at the Kennedy Center and being honnored, not the White House.

    Bush had no reason to be there, other than he could.
    Get your facts and logic straight.

    December 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. BeauMan

    I know many on this site do not like Pres. Bush...but in my opinion, this is the true ruination of his character and decision making. Say it isn't so, Mr. President!!

    December 8, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. William of Iowa

    It was a polite and gracious act by both. Differing opinions, however expressed, do not stand between citizens of the United States when sharing polite company and are not tolerated in the People's house.

    December 8, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Mickie

    Wow, sounds like some people have as low or lower an opinion of Steisand as they do of Bush. All I can say is that at least whatever Steisand has done has not cost our Country our honor as well as our stability. The only reason he was not impeached was because people did not want to see Cheney in the Oval Office either.

    December 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. Billy

    As a conservative evangelical, Isn't this adultery on W's part? Shame, shame, shame...

    December 8, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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