De Niro Sorry for ‘White First Lady’ Joke

    Actor Robert De Niro poses at The New York Times "TimesTalks" presents Robert De Niro & Paul Weitz: Collaboration in Film event at The Times Center in New York on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.  Paul Weitz, who wrote and directed "Being Flynn,"  and De Niro discussed their careers and films, including Weitz's father/son drama starring De Niro and Paul Dano. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)

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    Robert De Niro has apologized for his joke at an Obama fundraiser Monday night about America’s not being ready for a “white first lady.” In a statement to the Associated Press, De Niro insisted that while his remarks were “spoken in jest,” he didn’t mean to offend anyone, particularly the first lady, whose spokeswoman called the joke “inappropriate.”  Kicking off his speech at a reelection fundraiser in New York, De Niro quipped: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?” Newt Gingrich was the first to jump on De Niro’s back, saying his racial reference was “inexcusable” and waving a disapproving finger at Obama himself, demanding an apology from the president.

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