Streisand stung by GOP ad

By WND Staff

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Having made several gaffes of late in her efforts to speak out politically, songstress Barbra Streisand, in the latest item on her website, takes issue with an ad being run by Republican Marilyn O’Grady, who is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York.

According to the “truth alert” posted on Streisand’s site, O’Grady has “made a last-ditch effort to win headlines by devising ads in which she blatantly misquoted Barbra Streisand, fabricating outrageous quotes and completely misrepresenting Ms. Streisand’s deep opposition to the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.”

The Republican’s ad says, “Barbra Streisand defends Saddam Hussein and then rips [President] George [W.] Bush as a frightening dictator.” Although Streisand’s denial that she “defends Saddam Hussein” may be accurate, the claims that her characterization of Bush was distorted do not appear to warrant the same clarification.

“In Ms. Streisand’s remarks at the recent Democratic National Gala, she spoke of having seen President Bush on television saying jokingly – and these are the president’s words, not Ms. Streisand’s – ‘If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator,'” reads the “truth alert.”

Yes, the remarks were made by Bush and Streisand, in fact, did say so. However, in her pep rally to Democrats she immediately added, “You know people never really joke. That was very revealing … a taste of things to come … the arrogance of wanting unlimited executive power … a government that operates in secret … keeping presidential papers secret … holding secret meetings with oil companies.”

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