Streisand says she can "relax" after Obama victory

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By Christian Wiessner

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Barbra Streisand's liberal political voice rose to a crescendo in last year's U.S. presidential race but the singing legend says the election of President Barack Obama has allowed her to relax.

During her 2006 singing tour, she was joined onstage by an actor portraying former President George W. Bush as an inept fool, and in the campaign that followed she was so focused on seeing a Democrat elected, she said she went a little crazy.

"I was so incensed, so passionate about having a Democrat in the White House, I was insane. I was just crazed," Streisand told Reuters ahead of a new TV special and DVD release.

"I trust this administration. I trust Barack Obama and his intelligence and have faith that he'll do the right thing," said the winner of eight Grammys, two Academy Awards and numerous Emmys. "So I've been able to relax the last few months."

After all the acrimony of the 2008 campaign, Streisand finally met Bush for the first time last December when she was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor.

Streisand said she wanted the event to be apolitical and, to her pleasant surprise, so did Bush, who kissed her.

"It's even in Talmudic law that one must not embarrass someone else in public and so it was not an appropriate time to share my views since he knew my views quite well," she said.

"He was smart and very clever to extend his arms and say, 'Give me a kiss,' because it caught me off guard and was disarming. It was fine," she said.   Continued...

<p>Barbra Streisand sings during a concert at the Verizon Center in Washington October 13, 2006. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts</p>