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Barbra Streisand, President Bush, and that kiss

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To say that superstar Barbra Streisand is not a fan of President George W. Bush is a humongous understatement. Never shy about expressing her political views, Streisand is a well-known vocal critic of President Bush. This is why that awkward smooch between the two of them earlier this month is such a priceless moment.

On Sunday December 7, the singer/actress/director was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors along with several other artists. The honors recognize those who have helped define American culture through the performing arts. The honors are part of the living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.

The other recipients with Streisand were actor Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, dancer/choreographer Twyla Tharp, The Who musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. A very impressive group. Still, the event will probably be remembered most for that kiss.

Streisand talks about the kiss on her website in a statement about the Kennedy Center Honors. She says on that weekend in Washington, D.C. , “…. art transcended politics.” You might be surprised to know, Streisand wrote some nice comments about the departing president. Also, there are some amusing lines like this one, “…I think he was kissing me hello as I was kissing him goodbye…”  Streisand’s remarks about that event are definitely worth reading.

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