De Niro sorry for 'white first lady' joke

2012-03-22 09:38
Washington - Robert De Niro on Wednesday apologised for joking at a Democratic fundraiser with Michelle Obama about the possibility of having a "white first lady" at the White House after November's presidential elections.

The Oscar-winning star of The Godfather: Part II and Raging Bull said he had intended no offence with the remark about the wives of Republican presidential contenders Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.

"My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone - especially the first lady," De Niro said in a statement.

De Niro found himself in hot water after Monday's fundraiser in New York when he introduced Michelle Obama as the main speaker.

"Callista Gingrich, Karen Santorum, Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?" De Niro said. "Too soon, right?"

Newt Gingrich called the remarks inexcusable and divisive. Michelle Obama's office said the joke was "inappropriate".


  • lmapheto - 2012-03-22 10:29

    Here are usefull definitions of the word JOKE...Please take note...Especially Mr. De Niro 1. something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or a prankish act: He tells very funny jokes. She played a joke on him. 2. something that is amusing or ridiculous, especially because of being ludicrously inadequate or a sham; a thing, situation, or person laughed at rather than taken seriously; farce: Their pretense of generosity is a joke. An officer with no ability to command is a joke. 3. a matter that need not be taken very seriously; trifling matter: The loss was no joke. 4. something that does not present the expected challenge; something very easy: The test was a joke for the whole class. 5. practical joke.

      Linda - 2012-03-22 13:45

      I'm not getting why you felt the need for all the definitions? Did you think his remarks were racist? My understanding is that he was being supportive of Mrs Obama. Nothing wrong with that. As for the other candidates and their spouses, learn to laugh - at yourselves.

      Henry - 2012-03-22 22:13

      there's actually six definitions of the word joke.... 6.lmapheto

      sandra.makhatini - 2012-03-22 22:27

      The Italian-American does prefer black women, judging by his 1st & 2nd wives' race (+ dating Naomi Campbell at some point), but I believe he didn't intend any harm on anyone. Foot in mouth. He's not a trained speaker/politician obviously.

  • fishycraig - 2012-03-22 11:15

    That is great de Niro can say that. Free speech to say what you want and all. But what would have happened if a conservative/Republican actor said something in the same vein? Imagine if Clint Eastwood said at a Republican gala that "America has had enough of a black first lady and must have a white one". Ahhh... it is so easy to be a liberal in Hollywood when you have millions of dollars...

  • Koos - 2012-03-22 11:23

    oh guys please... get over it!

  • NatachaElizabethAnne - 2012-03-22 12:30

    he actually has a good point.....and why is Michelle so sensitive about being BLACK? She can handle herself and has proven that she can keep up. I dont believe DeNiro was at all racist what he was actually saying was: Is America ready for change after "The History Man" and his family made such an emotional impact on Americans? AND is there another new balck candidate? So the possibility is that the next president could be white OR Hillary Clinton.....

      Linda - 2012-03-22 13:48

      I agree with your comment but doubt she's sensitive about being black. Of course her office would have no alternative but to say the joke was inappropriate.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-22 15:18

    Michelle is hot.

  • fernibat - 2012-03-23 08:27

    I fail to see the problem with Bob's comment.

  • Victor - 2012-03-23 09:01

    Why did'nt they rename the white house to the black house ???????

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