SAN JOSE, Calif. — At last, a crowd that went gaga for President Obama.
Or make that Gaga, with a capital “G.”
His popularity may be waning of late, with the economy in the doldrums, but on the last of four fundraisers events in Seattle and San Jose, Calif., on Sunday, Obama was greeted by a crowd that included one of only two people in the world who has more Twitter followers than he does: pop singing sensation Lady Gaga.
The singer, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, was among an estimated 75 guests who had paid the maximum campaign donation of $35,800 for access to the exclusive event at the Silicon Valley home of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
According to a White House press pool report, Gaga tottered in on “sky-high heels” shortly after her song “Poker Face” played on the stereo system.
She was “wearing a floor-length sleeveless lacy black dress, her blonde hair was gathered in a bouffant up-do adorned with a black hair piece with a black veil down the back, which she swept to the side and in front of her left shoulder. (The hair added about 6 inches to her stature).”
Gaga, who towered over the 6-foot-1 Obama, took a seat at a middle table and stood with the other guests when the president arrived. He did not acknowledge her during his remarks, which lasted eight minutes.
Gaga is one of the world’s most influential contemporary pop stars. Her 13.9 million Twitter followers make her the social media outlet’s most popular user, far outpacing Obama’s 2012 campaign, which comes in at No. 3 with 10.2 million. (Teen idol Justin Bieber clocks in at second with 12.9 million, according to the twitaholic.com.)
At least she didn’t try to make herself heard by the president in the same way she did two years ago in this video: