Gaga pushes Obama on anti-bullying at fundraiser

Laura Donovan Contributor
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“Mother Monster” Lady Gaga attended a $35,800-per-couple fundraiser for President Barack Obama in northern California over the weekend. The 25-year-old Grammy winner didn’t sing, but she reportedly asked Obama a question during the Q&A, thanked him for all he’s done for the country, and read a letter about her late fan Jamey Rodemeyer.

“[Lady Gaga] thanked Obama for hosting his anti-bullying conference with Michelle Obama, and then made a general plea to everyone in the room, including the president, to do what they can to prevent bullying,” a source told ABC.

Obama reportedly talked about “his administration’s anti-bullying campaign, and then more generally about the importance of values and who we are as Americans.”

Though ABC reports that the performance artist spoke with Obama for two whole minutes, the White House press pool report from the event states that it’s unclear whether the pop sensation and politician met up with each other.

“POTUS spoke for about 8 minutes, with Lady Gaga sitting front and center,” reads the report. “And although he never acknowledged her obvious presence, it seems likely the two crossed paths during greetings inside the house before the dinner.”

Also according to the pool report, Lady Gaga sported “sky-high heels (she towered over everyone, a good 2 feet taller than POTUS)…[and] a floor-length sleeveless lacy black dress.” At the presidential gathering, the “Born This Way” singer also had a bouffant hair up-do “with a black hair piece with a black veil down the back.”

If she and the president didn’t talk, she broke her word. Last week, the pop singer tweeted that she would meet with Obama to discuss the bullying issue.

“I am meeting with our President,” Lady Gaga tweeted following the suicide of bullied fan Rodemeyer. “I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey.” (MORE: Lady Gaga: Bullying must become illegal)

After Rodemeyer’s tragic suicide, Lady Gaga wrote that she believes bullying should become a federal offense.

“Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 yrs old, took his life because of bullying,” Lady Gaga tweeted Wednesday. “Bullying must become be [sic] illegal. It is a hate crime.”

Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old gay male from Buffalo, made an “It Gets Better” YouTube video earlier this summer to urge outcasts and the bullied to keep going and brush off the mean kids.

“It gets better,” Rodemeyer advised YouTube users in May. “Look at me, I’m doing fine. I went to the Monster ball and now I’m liberated, so it gets better.”

Rodemeyer took his life a little more than a week ago. In his last blog posts he wrote about wanting to see his late great-grandmother, and thanked Lady Gaga.

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