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Robert De Niro Makes a Mock Ironic Joke

Newt Gingrich says comment divides the country and demanded an apology from Obama

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Liberals are up in arms over a joke that Robert De Niro made about the country not being ready for a white first lady while he was at a New York Obama campaign fundraiser Monday evening. Michelle Obama attended the fundraiser and some people felt that he was getting into dangerous territory for President Obama.

The scene played out like this according to reports from NPR:

“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”

The wealthy audience laughed uproariously. Someone shouted “No!”

De Niro then added, “Too soon, right?”

But the Obama campaign started to distance itself from De Niro’s joke yesterday. “We believe the joke was inappropriate,” said Olivia Alair, Mrs. Obama’s campaign press secretary.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich, the Republican presidential candidate, pounced:

“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, it divides the country…”

Apparently De Niro went wrong by “recalling the kind of comments that many whites made about blacks within living memory, he ran afoul of the unwritten rule Obama and his tight knit team of advisers have operated under going back to his 2008 campaign. Anything that reinforces racial divisions or focuses attention on the president’s race should be avoided.”

Representatives for the Obama campaign are very concerned that the comment might make Obama the “Other” and spur racial conflict.

Newt Gingrich didn’t appreciate the irony within De Niro’s comment and demanded an apology from Mr. Obama.

Gingrich fired back by saying, “I think that Robert De Niro’s wrong. The country is ready for a new first lady, and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms.”

Tuesday afternoon, a senior Gingrich adviser – African-American, female – also jumped in, arguing that if a conservative had made such a comment, the media would have had a field day: “Racial comments and jokes degrade the political process,” said Kiron Skinner, a national co-chair of the Women With Newt Coalition, in a statement. “They have no place in this presidential campaign season. The media and many others would decry an equivalent comment by a conservative or a Republican supporter of a presidential candidate.”

Dr. Skinner continued, “As a senior adviser in Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign and as an African American woman, I stand against comments like DeNiro’s.”

Do you think the Obama campaigns stance is ridiculous, or a necessary precaution?

De Niro’s wife, Grace Hightower is black.

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Obama never apologized.

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  • Jamiel Cotman

    O get over it!

    They advertised this as though he made a racial slur. It was a joke. Had someone said the same thing about blacks, WE, wouldn’t have gotten an article written.

    We’re used to the B.S. [bad stuff]

  • ikihi

    who cares. its not a big deal.

  • skynyrt

    I would like to know what Ms Fluke thinks of Bobby’s assault on women.

  • Travisimo

    I don’t even see the issue here at all. D:

  • Steve

    Think this will get the same play as the Rush statement? HECK NO!!!
    Oh and BTW libs, you can’t use the “He’s a comedian.” line.

    As for the line in the story, “De Niro’s wife, Grace Hightower is black.” So flippin’ what. How does that make what he said any more or any less offensive? It’s just smoke to cloud the issue.

    • michael Bland

      smoke, steve???

  • Steve

    Interesting that according to the article title, libs can recognize mock ironic jokes when one of their ilk says it but not when Rush says it.
    And the libs say there is no double standard. LOL

  • rick

    Hold on, I listened to my next door neighbor rant on his cell phone for over 20 minutes the other day.
    during this conversation- if you want to call it that- talking to the other person calling him NIGGER
    over and over again, I quote, hold on my nigger friend, nigger nigger listen to me nigger the whole conversation was nigger this nigger that. then he said I know where you live and I know where your family lives so nigger don’t tell me that. Now tell me what is wrong with that word if they call each other that for the whole neighborhood to listen to and yes he was black. So I say if the shoe fits or the color works call it as you see it

  • phil

    Another nitwit line reciter’s attack on Republican women? The Obama clan is doing well to distance itself. We WILL NOT forget the attacks on Mrs. Palin and her 13 and 17 year old daughters and the Obama clan knows that full well.

  • I. C.

    AS A BLACK WOMAN I FIND IT VERY INTERESTING AS TO WHY EVVERYONE IS SO UP IN ARMS ABOUT THE STATEMENT THAT ROBERT DE NERO MADE. HE IS A COMIC AND BELIEVE ME I HAVE HEARD WORSE. I AM SURE MRS OBAMA WAS NOT AS OFFENDED AS SOME MAY THINK. HAD THE PRESIDEN SAID SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THE WOULD HAVE SWELLED IT UP TO THE NINES. CAN WE NOT FIND BETTER THINGS TO RANT ABOUT THAN A STATEMENT LIKE THAT. DOW WE SEE THAT BOBBY IS MARRIED TO A BLACK WOMAN? NOT TO MENTION ALL OF THE OTHER BROWN CHOCOLATES HE HAS BEEN INVOLED WITH. ALL OF HIS KIDS ARE BIRACIAL. GET OVER IT PLEASE.

  • I. C.

    I DID NOT SPELL CHECK. SORRY

  • Vicki

    I thought that in this 20 century stuff like this would not take us Americans back tothose days. Where Minorities are still ruled out as been “Not Smart Enough” to work with the whole Race’s ,and treated as equals. Our President should not have to excuse any American for their personal comments,nor take a well known Actor’s JOKES personal. This should tell us Americans what is really going on with America’s Political Power!!! LOL to the Obama’s and Mr. Obama got my households Vote!!!

  • pow wow

    —Sideshow DIS—tractions aside.

    DeNiro is so good at playing psychopaths, and
    as he ages he’s looking so much like Josef Stalin
    —he should REALLY do the definitve biography of the same.

    It could be his greatest role.

    REALLY

  • Medina Krause

    De Niro’s comment shouldn’t have been made because apparently certain people will be offended by it. Obama shouldn’t apologize for De Niro’s joke, as he’s not responsible for it or for the actor. From what I’ve read about that joke, I’d say it borders on being racial, and it was mighty stupid. Also, so what if De Niro’s wife is a black woman? That’s no excuse for his comment, even if some people had found humor in it. Next time, De Niro should be a little careful in his choice of words, especially since he’s in the public eye.

  • Yankeeman

    RIDICULOUS! What’s the big deal? Bottom line, it’s funny and there’s nothing to worry about since we will have the same First Lady for the next 4 years. Good joke Bob. Oh yeah another thing, DeNiro hasn’t had much to say publicly in 40 years, LEAVE THE GUY ALONE!