Robert De Niro joke to US First Lady Michelle Obama criticized by Obama campaign, Newt Gingrich

By on Mar 21, 2012 in Hollywood, International, Politics, United States Comments

Hollywood actor Robert De Niro made a joke while introducing US First Lady Michelle Obama recently and he was criticized by President Obama‘s reelection campaign, as well as Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich.

Robert De Niro and US First Lady Michelle Obama
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As noted at US news sites on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, veteran actor Robert De Niro hosted an Obama 2012 campaign fundraiser in New York City on Monday and joked about America of not being ready for a “white first lady“.

According to reports, the 68-year old Oscar-award winner actor introduced Mrs. Obama saying, “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

Nevertheless, US First Lady‘s campaign press secretary, Olivia Alair, told CNN that “We believe the joke was inappropriate”, with the event also attended by other celebrity supporters of President Obama‘s reelection campaign including Beyonce, Whoopi Goldberg and Angela Bassett.

Apparently, Alair‘s statement came after Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was on his campaign in Shreveport, Louisiana and criticized Robert De Niro in his speech, noting that President Obama should apologize on his behalf.

“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. I think the country is ready for a new first lady and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms.” Gingrich was quoted as saying.

“If people on the left want to talk about talk show hosts, then everybody in the country should hold the president accountable when someone at his event says something that is utterly and terribly unacceptable as what Robert De Niro said.” Gingrich added.

Meanwhile, the ‘Godfather II’ star released a statement to E! News apologizing for his speech: “My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone, especially the first lady.”

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