Kennedy Center Salutes Freeman, Streisand
DC meets LA in annual cultural celebration
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 8, 2008 6:37 AM CST

(Newser) – Entertainment’s elite descended on Washington last night for the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors, this year saluting Morgan Freeman, Twyla Tharp, George Jones, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, and Barbra Streisand, the Washington Post reports. They were honored by performances and speeches by a no-less star-studded roster. “It's like an intersection of New York money, Washington power, and Hollywood glamor,” said the Center’s president.

The evening's oddest moment came when Streisand, an unapologetic liberal who once called the president “an alien sent here to destroy the earth," received (and returned) a kiss on the cheek from said alien, CNN reports. “Art trumps politics tonight,” she said, though she added that had Barack Obama given her the award, it "would have been lovely," the New York Daily News says.