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(Obama's) Campaign calls De Niro comment 'inappropriate' after Gingrich blast ^ | Mar. 20, 2012 | CNN political unit

Posted on 03/20/2012 1:34:41 PM PDT by Rennes Templar

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election organization said Tuesday it was "inappropriate" for Robert De Niro to joke at a campaign fundraiser in New York Monday that America wasn't "ready for a white first lady."

"We believe the joke was inappropriate," Olivia Alair, Campaign Press Secretary to the First Lady, said in a statement.

The campaign's comment came after Newt Gingrich delivered a scorching response to De Niro's comments at an Obama for America fundraiser, which was attended by first lady Michelle Obama.

While Michelle Obama headlined the event, she was introduced after De Niro's remarks. The event was also attended by a number of other prominent Obama supporters, including Harvey Weinstein and Beyonce.

"Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?" De Niro asked to cheers from the crowd. "Too soon, right?"

Speaking Tuesday, Gingrich labeled the comments "inexcusable," and called on Obama to apologize.

"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," Gingrich said. "I think the country is ready for a new first lady and he doesn't have to describe it in racial terms."

Gingrich immediately clarified he thought Michelle Obama, along with the wives of his fellow GOP presidential candidates, were all "fine ladies."

"But this is not about the first lady," Gingrich continued. "It's about the president. That's where De Niro missed the whole point. De Niro is rich enough he probably doesn't notice the price of gasoline. He's successful enough he probably doesn't notice the unemployment rate. As the Hollywood actor, he might well be shortsighted enough he doesn't understand what it might do to our children and our grandchildren."

Gingrich called on Obama to apologize for the remarks, since they were made at an event raising money for his re-election.

"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," Gingrich said, adding that the left was quick to call out conservative talk show hosts for offensive comments but silent when the vitriol comes from the left.

"If people on the left want to talk about talk show hosts, then everybody in the country should hold the president accountable when someone at his event says something that is utterly and terrible unacceptable as what Robert De Niro said," Gingrich said.

Speaking on the Laura Ingraham Show Tuesday, fellow presidential candidate Rick Santorum largely avoided weighing in on De Niro's comments.

"It's just someone from Hollywood or someone from the entertainment industry just spouting off as they do," Santorum said. "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."

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To: Rennes Templar

Will Barack’s scampaign be returning any donations from DeNiro? Or will they be keeping his money as they did Bill Mahrer’s?

41 posted on 03/20/2012 6:54:27 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: erod

What, what’s wrong with your eyes??????

42 posted on 03/21/2012 12:06:31 AM PDT by itssme
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To: itssme
De Niro likes the black ladies...

John Wayne loved the Latin ladies, married four of them, the last from Peru. I think two or three of them had the same name even (like Johnny Carson marrying every woman west of the Rockies named Joanna).

Wayne's funerary epitaph, which he wrote himself, was Feo, Fuerte, y Formal -- how he liked to be seen. He often used a little Spanish in his movie lines, too.

43 posted on 03/21/2012 1:43:21 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Rennes Templar

Robert Di Niro: “My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone, especially the first lady.”

44 posted on 03/21/2012 2:00:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Big news outlet. Also shows up on OMG! Yahoo...

45 posted on 03/21/2012 3:36:13 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Fred

I know the current wife is black. Not sure about the others.

46 posted on 03/21/2012 5:20:05 AM PDT by surrey
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To: itssme

Picturing Mooch and Deniro together.

47 posted on 03/21/2012 6:09:32 AM PDT by erod (Romney sucks.)
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