BARBRA STEISAND on stage at the Kodak Theatre 28 Sept:
"We have the facts on our side, the truth on our side," Streisand declared in an Alan and
Marilyn Bergman-penned monologue, which include a rework of THE WAY WE WERE.
"I find George Bush and Dick Cheney frightening," Streisand continued. "Donald Rumsfeld and
John Ashcroft frightening... I find bringing the country to the brink of war unilaterally five
weeks before an election questionable - and very, very frightening..."
Streisand told the crowd: "You know, really good artists have a way of being relevant in their
time… but great artists are relevant at anytime. So, in the words of William Shakespeare,
'Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic
fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it
narrows the mind…And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with
hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the
citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up
all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so.How do I know? For this is what I have
done.And I am Caesar.'"
Streisand explained to the audience: "Imagine that was written over 400 years ago… It's amazing
how history without consciousness is destined to repeat itself. So…from the words of William
Shakespeare to the words of Irving Berlin…"
But on the morning after the night before, Streisand has been caught up in a Shakespeare
"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic
fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword..."
The passage may have fit the scene and storyline, but no record of this quote has been found
prior to its appearance on the internet [in e-mails] last year.
The quote is NOT FOUND, IN ANY FORM, IN THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE, OXFORD EDITION, AT
Streisand plans to address the mess in a 'truth alert' on her Web site, barbrastreisand.com,
later Tuesday. Drudge Report, 1 Oct 2002