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Friday, September 30, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actor Robert De Niro opened a fundraiser starring Michelle Obama by listing her Republican rivals and jokingly suggesting that America isn’t “ready for a white first lady.” Newt Gingrich was not amused, and the Obama campaign says the quip was inappropriate.

Gingrich on Tuesday called De Niro’s comment “inexcusable” and demanded an apology from President Barack Obama.

“I think that Robert De Niro’s wrong,” Gingrich said at a campaign stop in Shreveport, La. “The country is ready for a new first lady, and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms.”

Gingrich said the president should be held accountable “when someone at his event says something as utterly and totally unacceptable as Robert De Niro said last night. And I call on the president to apologize for him.”

Obama didn’t apologize, but his campaign didn’t stand by the actor’s sense of humor, either.

“We believe the joke was inappropriate,” said Mrs. Obama’s campaign press secretary, Olivia Alair. She declined further comment.

De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower, were the hosts of the New York fundraiser Monday night. The tough-talking star of “Taxi Driver,” ”Raging Bull,” ”Casino,” and “Meet the Parents” opened the evening’s remarks by listing the wives of Republicans running for president.

“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney,” he said. “Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

The crowd of big-dollar donors waiting to hear from the nation’s first black first lady roared in approval, and De Niro finished: “Too soon, right?”

Publicist Stan Rosenfield said De Niro wouldn’t respond to the criticism. “It was obvious satire,” Rosenfield said in an email.

  • Jagi

    hale lale

  • LKLSPEEDY

    now you see actors acting like there is nothing wrong with our country, but of course they are rich, where is obama calling for tham to give more, ohohthey are more for him. now you know where liberal actors have their heads, they wont see daylight until obama is gone

  • libsbite

    robert deniro? who is that old washed up hack!

  • Quake_the_Greatest

    Yes it was inappropriate, but so is bho.

  • Quake_the_Greatest

    Every time I get a “gimme a dolla” email from bho I send it to Mitt.
    bho has got to go.

  • THAT IS THE MOST RACIST GROUP OF WORDS !!! i DEMAND THAT OBAMA AND MRS OBAMA AND DINIRO OFFER A SINCERE PUBLIC APOLOGYS DANG IT. IT HIGH TIME THESE LIBS STOP GETTING AWAY WITH THEIR HORRID MANNERS AND JUST DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR AND GET APPROVAL FOR IT BY THEIR AUDIENCE. sHAME ON EVERYONE OF YOU FOOLS WHO LAUGHED AND CLAPPED AT THIS EAT AND GET FATTER DINNER

  • Diniro and the rest of hollywood wouldn’t have any money if we quit supporting their films. Don’t patronize these people. They make their money off we the people. Quit being one of those people. They think money and celebrity gives them a right to throw their opinions in our faces. All I see is a bunch of clowns in make up, playing make believe and people paying them money and calling them stars. They will not influence me or my vote. If they want to throw their money away on stupid fundraisers for tyannical democratic socialists, they must have been promised something in return. Go back to Italy, deniro. Liking scum, you must be scum.

  • no sense of humor at all. you republicans need to get one. it was a joke. you know, kinda funny. you are supposed to laugh.

    • megamimi

      And if a contributor to the GOP had made the statement that the country is not ready for a black FLOTUS in 2008, would you have laughed?

      • Cynic17

        If you think that those two scenarios are equivalent, then you are too dim to be taken seriously.

        • megamimi

          Of course, the similarities are in the transposition of the word white with black and not really reflective of the whole of the analogy whose sum exceeds the parts, but in response to diablodejalisco’s statement it is at minimum a thought worth pondering for a moment or two.

          However, what is more telling in your response is a resorting as often happens on this forum of casting aspersions on a writer’s character, parentage, intellect or morals when posing a thought related to politics. Rather than pick at the person, would it not be better to pick at the idea?