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Lawrence O'Donnell: Bill Clinton, Lady Gaga Encounter 'Embarrassing' (VIDEO)

10/18/2011 08:18 am ET | Updated Dec 18, 2011

Lawrence O'Donnell castigated Bill Clinton for what he called a "weird" and "embarrassing" encounter with Lady Gaga at a concert for his foundation on Saturday.

Gaga's rather suggestive performance at the concert (she said she wanted to get "caught up in a Bill romance," announced that she was having a "Marilyn moment," and told Clinton she was "on the edge" with him) seemed to leave O'Donnell flabbergasted on his Monday show.

Calling Clinton "attention-starved," he wondered how Clinton could not see any potential awkwardness in having Gaga sing about a "bad romance" while he was seated next to Hillary Clinton, the woman most profoundly affected by his own, very bad romance.

O'Donnell then brought on columnist Jonathan Alter. "It just doesn't get any weirder than that," he said. Alter was not so worked up about the whole thing. He said Gaga was just referencing the aforementioned "Marilyn moment," when Marilyn Monroe sang for John F. Kennedy.

"Let's finish it for the kids out there," O'Donnell cut in, saying that it was essentially "presumed" that Monroe was having an affair with Kennedy at the time.

"How hard is it to steer clear of these references and these echoes instead of standing on stage and laughing?" he concluded.

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