Last night at an Obama reelection campaign fundraiser at Robert De Niro’s Manhattan restaurant Locanda Verde, the actor jokingly told the crowd, “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?”
When the crowd “roared” in response to De Niro’s question, the actor retorted, “Too soon, right?”
Although the line was full of sarcasm, considering that until 2008 white women have occupied the White House, some Republicans are predictably crying foul.
Today, Newt Gingrich feigned outrage and said that President Obama should apologize for De Niro’s remarks because First Lady Michelle Obama was on hand at the event.
“I do want to say one thing on behalf of my wife and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney,” Gingrich said. “That is that I think Robert DeNiro is wrong. I think the country is ready for a new first lady. And he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms.”
“What DeNiro said last night was inexcusable,” he insisted. “The president should apologize for it. It was at an Obama fundraiser. It is exactly wrong. It divides the country. And 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 that is utterly and totally unacceptable as Robert DeNiro said last night.”
The office of First Lady Michelle Obama issued a statement calling the statement “inappropriate,” but the Obama campaign is finding cover in an unlikely ally, staunch conservative Ann Coulter.
Coulter tweeted: “Can we please stop the fake ‘offended’ routine? Pls explain what was allegedly offensive about DeNiro’s joke.”
For once in my life…I agree with Ann Coulter.
What do you think?