Robert De Niro gave a speech at a benefit for President Obama and his “white first lady” joke doesn’t have Newt Gingrich laughing. Gingrich is now demanding an apology from the President. Seriously? It was a joke. Why would President Obama be responsible for anything that De Niro says?! Click below for more details and watch the video…
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Speaking at a dinner he hosted in New York City to raise funds for the re-election campaign, De Niro said it was ‘too soon’ for a white First Lady. The Republican presidential candidate lambasted the comments, which had been cheered by Obama donors, as ‘inexcusable’.
“What De Niro said last night was inexcusable and the president should apologize for him,’ Gringrich told supporters in Shreveport, Louisiana. I do want to say one thing, both on behalf of my wife and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney, I think that Robert De Niro’s wrong.”
De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower hosted the dinner attended by around 90 Obama supporters at the Greenwich Hotel, which he owns.
The White House agreed with Gringrich, saying:
‘We believe the joke was inappropriate.’
Gingrich added that the comments made by De Niro divide the country and that ‘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’.
He said that while he would prefer his wife Callista as First Lady, he would be ‘very proud and very honored’ to have Ann Romney or Karen Santorum in the White House. He said:
“These are fine ladies, as is Michelle Obama, but this is not about the First Lady, it is about the president and that is where De Niro missed the whole point. He should be ashamed of himself.”