Actor Robert De Niro hosted a fundraiser for President Obamawith first lady Michelle Obama on March 19, 2012 in New York, and he kicked off his remarks with this quip: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”
According to the pool report, the crowd roared and someone yelled “no!” as De Niro asked, “Too soon, right?” — Christian Science Monitor
Mr. De Niro released the following apology statement two days later:
“My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone – especially the first lady,” De Niro said in a statement.
But the apology couldn’t unring that bell and the First Lady issued the following statement of disapproval:
‘We believe the joke was inappropriate,’ said the first lady’s campaign press secretary Olivia Alair after Mr Gingrich’s comments triggered a tide of online argument about the joke.
- Ann Romney: I laughed at De Niro’s joke (politico.com)