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Obama's week -- from Nobel Peace Prize to Lady Gaga

October 10, 2009 |  7:37 pm

Whether you like his policies or not, you have to admit that President Obama — or his writers — can dash off some snappy lines.

Shortly after he took the stage tonight to address a fundraising dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights organization, Obama gave the crowd a serious look.

“It’s a privilege,” he said, “to open tonight for Lady Gaga. I’ve made it.”

Lady Gaga, for those not in the know, is a pop singer who was performing at tonight’s dinner in Washington. (Her real name is the mellifluous Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.) She has a large gay following, and the line got a huge laugh and lots of applause.

Wisecracking aside, the president strongly reiterated his intention to scrap the "don’t ask, don’t tell" rule and pledged to work on several fronts to advance gay rights.

The Ticket will post the text of the president’s remarks when it becomes available.

-- Steve Padilla

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