Barack Obama may be the leader of the free world, but even he quakes in the presence of Mother Monster.
Obama admitted as much this past weekend, when, during his address at the annual Human Rights Campaign gala in Washington, D.C., he joked that meeting Lady Gaga was "intimidating," according to ABC News. "She was wearing 16-inch heels. She was 8 feet tall," he laughed. "It was a little intimidating."
Gaga and Obama met late last month at a Silicon Valley fundraiser held at the home of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. And Gaga used the opportunity to make good on a Twitter vow she'd posted in reaction to the suicide of bullied teen Jamey Rodemeyer, asking the president what his administration planned on doing to stop bullying.
Obama reportedly thanked her for the question, then reiterated his administration's anti-bullying work (which includes contributing a message to the It Gets Better campaign) and spoke in general about the importance of values. Gaga — who, according to reports, wore "a black dress, scalloped high plunge back and high heels ... with black flowers and black veil sweeping down the back of her hair" to the fundraiser — also had a little face time with the president before the event, when, after walking the photo line with her manager, she spoke with Obama in a room full of other guests.
"I held some productive bilateral talks with your leader," Obama joked to the crowd at the Human Rights gala, which included gay and lesbian advocates. The remark reportedly drew laughter and applause.