04.25.12

Madalyn Starkey, ‘Dive Bar Girl,’ on Her Obama Photo That Went Viral

Madalyn Starkey posted a picture of herself with President Obama, and became an Internet sensation. The now-famous ‘Dive Bar Girl’ tells The Daily Beast about her photo with the POTUS.

The Daily Beast: What do you think of these edited photographs?

Madalyn Starkey: The photographs are creative. Pretty awesome photobombs.

The Daily Beast: What have the past 24 hours been like?

Madalyn Starkey: The past 24 have been ridiculous. My Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been blowing up! I got very little sleep because I was organizing times to talk with people. I interviewed with Channel 4 news at 6 a.m. 9 News at 11:30 a.m., and MSNBC at 2:00 p.m.! Crazy!

The Daily Beast: What's the weirdest or coolest thing that's happened?

Madalyn Starkey: The weirdest thing that happened was when I told him, "You smell good." Also, when they took all the silverware out of the restaurant. The coolest thing was obviously meeting the president of the United States and seeing how charismatic he actually is.

The Daily Beast: If you could tell Obama something now, what would it be?


Madalyn Starkey: Put me on the Ellen show? Or extend my Australian boyfriend’s visa?


The Daily Beast: Anything else you'd like to tell the world?


Madalyn Starkey: Thanks for [adding] me on Twitter. I'm not a loser anymore!