Newt Gingrich Demands Apology From Robert De Niro Over "First White Lady" Joke

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called on President Obama to apologize for comments made by actor Robert De Niro at a fundraiser Monday.

"What De Niro said last night was inexcusable and the president should apologize for him. It was at an Obama fundraiser, it is exactly wrong," Gingrich said.

What did the actor say to draw such a harsh rebuke?

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De Niro told a New York City crowd of about 90 people, including his wife and First Lady Michelle Obama, that it was "too soon" for a "white first lady."

"Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?" the 68-year-old asked, jokingly.

The crowd roared. Someone yelled "No!" De Niro asked, "Too soon, right?"

Gingrich said the comments made by De Niro "divide the country."

"If people on the left want to talk about radio 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," he said.

If that sounds like a defense of Rush Limbaugh, it sort of is. Newt has a point about double standards of media coverage, but De Niro was likely making light of the fact that so many people viewed Obama's 2008 candidacy in racial terms.

In any case, Gingrich said the president should hold De Niro accountable.

"On behalf of my wife, and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney, I think Robert De Niro is wrong. I think this country is ready for a new First Lady and he doesn't have to describe it in racial terms," he added.

The White House and the First Lady's office agreed with Newt. "We believe the joke was inappropriate," said Olivia Alair, Michelle Obama's press secretary.

The proceeds from Monday's event benefitted the Obama Victory Fund, a joint venture supporting the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee.

De Niro's comments:

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ALL OF HOLLYWOOD IS NOT LIBERAL. THE LIBERALS JUST MOUTH OFF MORE. DE NIRO IS A STRANGE LITTLE ACTOR, WHO TOLD A STUPID JOKE THAT FELL FLAT.

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DeNiro was echo-ing the dialogue from four years ago when there was much speculation about a BLACK first lady, as if color mattered. Apparently, it does to many of you. Your hateful comments are ignorant and shameful, but I support your right to spew such garbage. I also can't figure out why so many conservatives hate Obama...he's (disappointingly) supporting all the wrong-minded policies of the BUSH era. Oh wait. That's right. He's BLACK.

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----Gingrich is beneath mention ---and Hollywood's now
X--posed for delivering 4 decades of retreads, cultural incest,
demoralization, tech worship and endless predictive programming
for EUGENICS. As for DeNiro ---no one plays psychopaths like him. These days he's looking more and more like Josef Stalin
and should REALLY go for doing the definitve portrait. With the Globalist police state and FINAL EUGENICS
unfolding on all fronts ---NOW IS THE TIME!

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There is a time and place for everything! In 2012 " election Year" race relations - stressed! This is not the time and America is not the Place for DeNiros bullshit- or anyone else's! Shit is gonna get ugly in this Country - this year and you would have to have your head up your ass not to see it!

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Wow people! I'm a white woman and take ZERO offense to his statement. Bad joke. Not at all like Rush Limbaugh's bad "joke"... He was not hateful! The hatred you all spew on here is 100 times worse, so all I have to say is glass houses people!

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Learn to a joke!!

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De Z-E-R-O A TRUE NERGO LOVER SPEAKS HIS TRUE HEART...HE MUST REALLY HATE HIS "MOTHER".

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Are you gonna let him get away with that? This little punk. are you gonna...WHAT IS THE WORLD COMING TO?!?!?

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well mr. de niro, you turned into mr. de zero. i am insulted as a white woman, i think i will not support your finances and watch your movies again. hate and prejudice comes in many forms. i suppose that's why you asked for big bucks to make movies, it would take millions of dollars for you to have to act and pretend to like the people you don't like.

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DeNiro can suck my wet, juicy, white c**k