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Tuesday
Dec062011

Lady Gaga Meets with White House Staff About Bullying

ABC News Radio(WASHINGTON) -- White House officials confirm that pop icon Lady Gaga has a meeting scheduled in the West Wing Tuesday afternoon with senior presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett and Jarrett's staff on the topic of bullying.

President Obama is on the road and will not be around Tuesday to meet Gaga, but she already had her one-on-one with him on the issue of bullying at an Obama fundraiser Sept. 25 in Silicon Valley, Calif.

Gaga has made speaking out against bullying -- especially when it's over sexual orientation -- one of her primary causes.

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Monday
Sep262011

Lady Gaga Attends Obama Fundraising Event

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(ATHERTON, Calif.) -- Lady Gaga was among the guests at a $35,800 per couple Obama fundraiser Sunday night at the home of Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and David Goldberg in Atherton, Calif.

At the event, which took place under a tent in Sandberg’s yard, a source said Gaga asked a question during the Q&A session. She first thanked the president for what he’s accomplished, then read from what she said was a letter from a fan about the suicide of another fan who had been subjected to bullying.

She 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.

Obama thanked her, spoke about his administration’s anti-bullying campaign, and then more generally about the importance of values and who we are as Americans.

Before the dinner, Gaga came through the photo line with her manager. She and Obama reportedly spoke for two minutes, with many others in the room.

Gaga’s attendance at the fundraising event comes after the singer tweeted that she would be meeting the president and intended to discuss youth bullying with him in relation to the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old student who took his own life last week after years of bullying.

“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,” the singer posted to twitter.

Gaga dedicated the song “Hair” to Rodemeyer at the iHeartRadio Festival this weekend in Las Vegas. The performance included a video tribute to Rodemeyer.

Earlier in the week, the pop singer, who Rodemeyer idolized, spoke out about the situation via twitter: “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life.”

She added, “Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime.”

Rodemeyer took his life on Sept. 18. In his final Twitter message he referenced Lady Gaga, writing “thank you for all you have done.”

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