On a West Coast fundraising swing this weekend, President Obama crossed paths with pop star Lady Gaga.
Obama, speaking at an Atherton, Calif., event on Sunday, didn't acknowledge Lady Gaga during his remarks, according to a pool report, despite her towering presence—she was wearing super-high heels and had her blonde hair in a bouffant up-do. She wore a floor-length black, lacey dress with a black veil in her hair, according to pool reports. Press photos were not permitted at the event.
Four days before the dinner, Lady Gaga, who has taken up the issue of bullying, tweeted about meeting Obama.
"I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey," Lady Gaga tweeted on Wednesday. The hashtag at the end of the tweet refers to Jamey Rodemeyer, a teen who killed himself last Monday after he was severely bullied.
According to ABC News, Lady Gaga asked the president about bullying during a Q&A and then read a letter from a fan about the suicide of another fan who had been bullied. Obama thanked her and then spoke about his administration's work on anti-bullying efforts, ABC News reported.
Guests at the Silicon Valley event paid $35,800 to attend. Lady Gaga was there as a paying guest, the Associated Press reported.
The president arrived this weekend on the West Coast, home to some of his most loyal and wealthy supporters, amid a sparring match with congressional Republicans over how to restart the sputtering economy.
"We've made enormous progress, but we've got a lot more work to do," he said, according to pool reports, adding that "we're not even halfway through."