The United States leader, who was speaking at the event in
support of LGBT equality, was referring to a meeting the pair had
over the issue of anti-gay bullying in schools across America, last
"I appreciate the chance to join you tonight," he said. "I also
took a trip out to California last week, where I held some
productive bilateral talks with your leader, Lady Gaga.
"She was wearing 16-inch heels. She was eight feet tall. It
was a little intimidating."
Gaga, who was in the audience, stood to accept the reference and
Obama then added that he couldn't give a long speech because
"Cyndi Lauper is in the house. I can't compete with that."
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Shortly after the light-hearted introduction, Obama then slammed
the Republicans for their stance on gay equality - just days after
a gay soldier was publicly jeered.
The Republican presidential candidates have insisted they did not
hear the abuse directed at openly gay soldier Stephen Hill, who was
booed by members of the audience at the Fox News-Google debate in
Orlando, after questioning the hopefuls' stance on the issue of
gays serving in the forces.
"We don't believe in the kind of smallness that says it's okay for
a stage full of political leaders -- one of whom could end up being
the President of the United States -- being silent when an American
soldier is booed."