Robert De Niro, known for his outspoken attitude and often subject to bouts of brain flatulence, said he doesn’t think the country is “ready for a white First Lady” at an Obama campaign fundraiser in New York Monday. First Lady Michelle Obama was headlining the event. Afterwards the First Lady’s office released a statement saying De Niro’s comment was “inappropriate, no matter how much we agree”.
“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady? Too soon, right?” De Niro asked the Democrat crowd, who cheered in approbation of his racist joke.
“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” Newt Gingrich declared in a strange moment of lucidity for someone who makes racist gaffes on an almost daily basis.
Rick Santorum also addressed the De Niro flap, saying “It’s just someone from Hollywood or someone from the entertainment industry just spouting off as they do. It’s sad, but I’m not going to bite on that one. It’s just sad. The idea of looking at politics through eyes of race should be over. That’s just over. I don’t know where he thinks he’s coming from.”
De Niro comes from New York.