Having been one of President George W. Bush’s most vocal celebrity critics in recent years, it must have been strange for Barbra Streisand to find herself smiling and embracing the lame duck last Sunday at the White House. Both parties put aside their differences for the sake of the annual Kennedy Center Honors, which included Streisand as one of six artists saluted in this year’s lineup.

Los Angeles Times:

Streisand and fellow award recipients — actor Morgan Freeman, country music giant George Jones, choreographer Twyla Tharp, and the Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey — were feted during two days of events that seemed, for a rare moment in the nation’s capital, to relegate politics to the back seat.

“This is being honored by your country,” said Streisand, 66, at a black-tie party Saturday night in the State Department’s ornate Thomas Jefferson room. “It was nice to get the Legion of Honor from France, but it’s nice to get it from your own country too.”

Streisand, a stalwart Democrat, added that it “would have been nice” to receive the award next year, from Bush’s successor, but she’s not complaining.

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