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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX MON AUG 10 1998 23:59:42 UTC XXXXX
CLINTON WARNED: CHILDREN ARE LISTENING
Barbra Streisand, where are you now?
News that Hollywood producer Harry Thomason is once again en route to
Washington, D.C. -- this time to help President Clinton prepare for his
grand jury testimony, and to also answer a few questions himself under oath
at the courthouse -- took me back to a more innocent time.
Back to the beginning.
Back to another cold day in Washington: Inauguration Eve 1993. And another
Harry Thomason production.
Some 18,000 guests had gathered at Washington's Capital Centre for the 52nd
Inaugural Gala: "An American Reunion." It was aired on CBS-TV. It was
Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac wishing the new president well. It was
Dressed in a white Donna Karan that was cut down to here and slashed up to
there, with a face that celebrated the end of Reagan and Bush slavery,
Streisand was in top form that night.
She belted out a jazzy version of "God Bless America" -- caressing the word
"sweet." She sang "Evergreen" and dedicated it to Bill and Hillary Clinton
-- sitting just a few rows up.
CBS cameras, with Harry Thomason's direction, captured Hillary looking out
at the seats, out at the future with love and wonder. Everything was right
on that magical D.C. night...
But it was Streisand's third musical selection that would end up turning
into a presidential prophecy.
Just hours before Bill Clinton was sworn in, there was Barbra Streisand on
stage, before a national audience, singing and lecturing Bill Clinton to be
careful: Children are listening.
It is not clear if Harry Thomason personally approved Streisand's odd play
list that evening -- a set that featured Stephen Sondheim's haunting song
"Children Will Listen" from the play "Into the Woods."
Streisand, sitting on a stool looking directly at Bill Clinton, sipped her
tea, opened her heart and sang:
"Careful the things you say, children will listen.
"Careful the things you do, children will see and learn... Children will
look to you for which way to turn, to learn what to be.
"Careful before you say 'Listen to me.'"
The camera caught Bill Clinton misting up during Streisand's serenade.
Hillary nodded with approval as Streisand warned about the perils of lying.
"Careful the spell you cast, not just on children. Sometimes the spell may
last, past what you can see, and then turn against you.
"Careful the tale you tell, that is the spell. Children will listen!"
Streisand hit the high notes flawlessly, the crowd applauded.
"Careful what you say, Children will listen. Careful you do it too,
children will see and learn...
"Tamper with what is true and children will turn, if just to be free.
"Careful before you say "Listen to me.' Children will listen, children will
listen. Children, children will listen."
The crowd applauded and cheered, Streisand blew a kiss...
The irony of that far away moment is enough to break your heart.
Because of course no one in the arena that night could have any idea that
Bill Clinton would later appear before a federal grand jury to face
questions about what he did as he watched a White House intern do strange
things with his cigars in the Oval Office.
The 1990's have turned into one sick nightmare.
Children, run for cover!
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