Republican contender for the Presidential nomination New Gingrich is taking bitter offense at a joke made by actor Robert De Niro. De Niro's joke, made at a fundraiser he hosted in New York for President Obama on Monday, preceded his introduction of First lady Michelle Obama.
"Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now, do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?" De Niro quipped. De Niro's joke was an obvious play on the old idea that a country "may not be ready for a black president," which dogged President Obama's run to the white house. However, the remark sent both sides of the aisle scrambling.
According to reports, White House aides near immediately denounced the joke as inappropriate. De Niro himself apologized on Tuesday in a statement, saying "My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone--especially the First Lady."
Newt Gingrich, who's behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in terms of delegates, has railed strongly against De Niro's comment, and has tried to rope President Obama himself into the fray, demanding that the President apologize for the actor's comment and also dismissing De Niro as rich and out of touch.
Conservative flamethrower Ann Coulter is taking the actor's side, however, tweeting "Can we please stop the fake "offended" routine? Pls explain what was allegedly offensive about DeNiro's joke."
Most Popular Stories
- SEO Traffic Lab Celebrate Wins at Digital Marketing Event 'Internet World 2013' in London
- Social Media Initiatives Should Follow Customers' Lead
- Apple CEO: Offshore Units Not a 'Tax Gimmick'
- U.S. Senate Accuses Apple of Large-scale Tax Avoidance
- UTEP Water Recycling Project Wins Venture Titles
- Marketo Makes a Mint in IPO: Stock Shoots Up More than 50 Percent
- Bieber Booed at Billboard Awards
- Crude Oil Up, Gasoline Down
- Austin Startup Compare Metrics Raises $3.5 Million for Expansion
- Why So Many Top 'Car Guys' Are Actually Women