It may have been the most awkward non-political political moment in recent memory.
Receiving one of the nation’s top honors at the Kennedy Center yesterday, megastar Barbra Streisand — a vocal Democrat — received a kiss from President George Bush, and kissed him right back.
“Art transcends politics this weekend,” said the singer, who has gone on-record saying the elections in 2000 and 2004 were stolen by the GOP, and added she would have preferred to win the honor after President-elect Barack Obama was sworn in.
The Kennedy Center Honors recognize those who have helped to define and expand American culture. Other winners this year are actor Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who, and dancer/ choreographer Twyla Tharp.