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Robert De Niro Makes First Lady Joke, Gingrich Demands Apology From Obama

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Robert De Niro spoke at a fundraiser for President Obama last night and he caused a little bit of controversy.

De Niro said:

“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?”

KBOI reports that the joke was made at an event in New York City that was hosted by De Niro and his wife. Michelle Obama was in attendance.

Once Newt Gingrich heard about the joke he called for President Obama to apologize for De Niro’s behavior.

Gingrich said:

“What De Niro said last night was inexcusable and the president should apologize for him. It was at an Obama fundraiser… if people on the left want to talk about radio talk show hosts, then everybody in the country ought to hold the president accountable when somebody at his event says something as utterly, totally unacceptable as Robert De Niro said last night.”

Gingrich is referring to the comments that Rush Limbaugh made earlier this week. Limbaugh called college student Sandra Fluke a “slut” for wanting birth control to be covered by her insurance. Hundreds of advertisers have left Limbaugh’s show since the comments were made.

Do you think DeNiro’s joke was on the same level as Limbaugh’s comment? Do you think the President should apologize for De Niro’s joke? It was an Obama fundraiser but the President doesn’t exactly control what the actor says.

Regardless, Olivia Alair, Michelle Obama’s press secretary issued a statement today, saying: “We believe the joke was inappropriate.”

According to ABC News, tickets for the fundraiser started at $5000. A $25,000 ticket allowed you to mingle with the first lady.

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14 Responses to “Robert De Niro Makes First Lady Joke, Gingrich Demands Apology From Obama”

  1. Gerald Long

    The only thing this story establishes for sure is that Obama is a wimp. No no no no! It is in no way comparable to Limbaugh's Fluke comments. Get real. All I can see is that De Niro is implying that if these are the choice of white First Ladies, maybe it would be a good time to go African American. What? He can't say that? I didn't take away from De Niro's statement a single negative connotation about the women themselves. This is totally ridiculous. President Obama please stand up for yourself when you are right so you don't give these cretins legitimacy. He said it at a fundraiser!
    It's his job to say things critical of the opposition. Tell me where the offense is, please. I don't see it. I'm looking but I don't see anything there? Can you see it? I can't see it. I'm looking right there and I just don't see it.

  2. Anonymous

    Just as soon as Gingrich apologizes for centuries of slavery.

  3. Michael Glasser

    So yahoo gages bad taste and inappropriate remarks in levels? Would the degree of levels depend on if the person was a Dem or Repub? I'm registered bi-partisan and from where I sit, it's got alot to do with it. When ever a dem says something off color the repubs pounce on it and visa versa. So enough of this " it was only this level of crass vs. this level of crass" and just try to stick to the issues folks and leave all those levels of stuff to the entertainment business.

  4. Anonymous

    Newt does not have to worry, it definitely would NOT be Callista!

  5. Tim Ledet Sr.

    Michelle's press secretary (wtf?) admitted that the DeNiro statement was "inappropriate." But, offered no apology. Do we really expect one? I don't.

  6. Alex Jessup

    The joke was that people were saying "is the country ready for it's first black president?" before obama was elected. it's not hilarious, and not the most clever or witty joke ever, but I thought it was humorous and not remotely in poor taste. I believe this is the definition of satire.

  7. Anonymous

    As a self-proclaim "historian" expert, Grin-rich should understand the history of "humor" and "jokes".

  8. Parisian Nicole Byndum

    Uhm…just so I understand this Robert De Niro, a grown ass man, made the statement but Newt is demanding that Obama apologize? I bet the scene from Taxi Driver, 'You talking to me?' popped in Newt's head and that's why he's not demanding De Niro make the apology. I agree it was an inappropriate thing to say but stop being a bitch Newt, confront the man responsible.

  9. Carol Dempsey

    Newt is a jerk. If DeNiro made a comment, whether it was appropriate or not, why should Obama make an apology? Obama didn't make the joke, so he shouldn't have to apologize for it. When is Newt going to apologize for spending over 60,000,000 to investigate Bill Clinton's infidelity while he was doing the same thing at the same time while he was Speaker of the House? When is Newt going to apologize to the wives that he cheated on and abandoned in their times of need?

  10. Carrie Pierce-Lemos

    The President apologizes for "America" when he shouldn't! Maybe he should try apologizing when he really needs too, but we know he won't! Regarldless if it was Newt or whoever the hell else who is asking for an apology, what dumb ass De Niro said was in poor taste! But it's a double standard always will be. Dems or Repubs….Poloticians suck, Governments sucks, corruption abounds…American is in a sad sad state!