Gingrich: Robert De Niro’s racist joke about the FLOTUS is not OK

posted at 1:20 pm on March 20, 2012 by Tina Korbe

At a fundraising event with the First Lady last night, actor Robert De Niro made what The Hill calls a “racially-themed” joke.

“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?” De Niro asked, to which the crowd cried, “No!” De Niro followed up with, “Too soon, right?”

That joke wasn’t just “racially-themed.” Generally, I don’t like to be among the people who cry, “Racist!” at every little thing, but there seems to be quite a bit of confusion in our country about what does and does not constitute racism. If sexism is reducing a person to gender, isn’t racism reducing a person to race? In these sentences, De Niro gives no reason whatsoever as to why Callista Gingrich, Karen Santorum or Ann Romney would make a poor First Lady other than that they’re white. He implied that Michelle Obama should remain the First Lady for no reason other than that she’s black. He surely has other reasons for his views, but, in this joke, he focused solely on the respective races of the women. That, my friends, is racist.

During a campaign stop in Shreveport, La., Newt Gingrich called De Niro out for his comments, as well he should have.

“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 DeNiro’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.” …

“This is not about the first lady,” Gingrich said. “It’s about the president. That’s where DeNiro missed the whole point. DeNiro 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 also demanded that the president take responsibility for the comments and apologize for them, as they occurred at a fundraiser to benefit his reelection effort.

“What DeNiro 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. “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 DeNiro said.”

While I sympathize with that demand, Gingrich was on more solid ground when he focused on the president’s poor record and on De Niro’s tasteless remarks. The constant calls for apologies from one side to the other are counterproductive. In the first place, they make the requests themselves look impotent. Rarely do Democrats apologize when Republicans demand it. In the second, though, the power of suggestion is often greater than the power of command. It would be great if Gingrich had said something along these lines: “I find it interesting that the president, who was supposed to usher us into a post-racial era, hasn’t said anything to the effect that he wishes De Niro had not made the remarks and that he would like to distance himself from the comments.” Less outrage, more provocation to the president to actually apologize.

On the whole, though, I’m reminded of why Gingrich is so valuable in this race. He doesn’t let the hypocrisy go unnoticed — ever.


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Even Laura Bush had more class.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM What do you mean by “even”? Laura Bush had a great deal of class. Your analogy might have made more sense had you said, “Even Hillary Clinton had more class.” Though, that might be a stretch, even comparing her with Michelle Obama.

totherightofthem on March 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Newt won’t be the nominee, but this should be commended.

22044 on March 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

This and few other comments on this thread are so insecure with their candidate that one good post about Newt and they are threatened while on daily basis Mitt and Santo. are winning and that is not enough to calm your nerves? that tells me that Obama and Mitt and Santo are worried that Newt is the strongest candidate and that is why he is kept from the headlines by biased media.

evergreenland on March 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

These white, Leftists are eaten up with skin color. I think it’s because they are inherently racist, themselves; so they have to constantly attempt to disprove it by attacking their own skin color, while kowtowing to blacks, simply because of their skin color.

This is a matter for the psychiatrists.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Ginrich is too slick a demagogue for me to like, even if his stated policies are something that I like. He just grosses me out, and though he says the right things about what needs to be done, given how he twists things around I’m afraid half of what he promises to do is just slick wordcrafting.

AlexB on March 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

It was a poorly worded statement uttered by someone who is used to having his lines written for him. Like so many Hollywood actors and actresses, unscripted ad libs and improvisations don’t work out well for them.

scalleywag on March 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Robert Nero is correct. The decor of the WH is coordinated for black occupants and in no way matches the skin tone of a white First Lady. For example the yellow Moslem shower curtain where His Worship stands for his WH speeches is perfectly matched to his complexion whereas a white complexion would merely fade into the lush oriental background. Moreover all of the furnishings throughout the WH were chosen to complement the skin tone of the inhabitants. A couple of yellow occupants would require extensive renovations. Hence Mr Nero is spot on.

kenny on March 20, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Here’s another Breitbart article about Critical Race Theory being “taught” to schoolchildren – at taxpayer expense.

The war for control of the minds of your children has just been ramped up.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/03/19/Pacific-Education-Group-and-Critical-Race-Theory-Taxpayer-Funded-Division-Across-the-Nation

OhEssYouCowboys on March 20, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Like an actor on a movie screen
Living out somebody else’s dream
Living out a total misconception
Reality, a false perception

The Kinks, “Cliches of the World (B Movie)”

Christien on March 20, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Why can’t everyone just go to the movies…and ignore ‘Hollywood’ and it’s ‘employee’s’? It’s a product we buy. We don’t go to Ford or Apple or McDonalds, to care what their employee’s say. Tom Hanks or DeNiro have a specialty in what?

KOOLAID2 on March 20, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I agree for the most part. I haven’t liked a DeNiro movie since Godfather 2, so no loss there. My exception to your rule would be Morgan Freeman. I really love his characters, his acting, but now I can’t watch him since it was announced he is going to marry his step-granddaughter.

Lightswitch on March 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Of all the fake outrage drummed up by either side this year, this is the dumbest one yet. He was not dismissing or making fun of the FLOTUS wannabes because they were white. He was making a joke about the sort of handwringing that went on in 2008, largely among the establishment pundit class.

Gingrich has got nothing.

urban elitist on March 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

This kind of thing is what Lefties scream about all day long. To adults, it’s hardly newsworthy.

EddieC on March 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

seems that every day I have to eliminate more of my favorite movies from the watch-list based on stupid comments made by the cast members…I’m getting down to Animal House, Mel Gibson movies…Bruce Willis seems to be ok as does Joe Pesci.

would appreciate any suggestions to re-fill the library that star people that know they are stupid and were only one lucky break away from waiting tables and should not be commenting on politics.

teejk on March 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I voted for Newt this morning in the Illinois primary. He won’t win, but I still think he’d make the best president, even with all his flaws. God bless you Newt.

Note: In the general, I’m ABO.

Gladtobehere on March 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Zombie is right. Lame “joke”, but it isn’t racist.

McDuck on March 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Oh, I don’t know. What happened to the whole “content of character” thing? What happened to the “color-blind society” thing that I’m supposed to be so beholden to? Libs are the ones keeping racial strife alive, front and center.

Yes, Deniro’s “joke” was the implicit charge that I’m a racist for the sole reason that I never wanted the Obamas in our White House. Because they are black, of course.

Harbingeing on March 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

This and few other comments on this thread are so insecure with their candidate that one good post about Newt and they are threatened while on daily basis Mitt and Santo. are winning and that is not enough to calm your nerves? that tells me that Obama and Mitt and Santo are worried that Newt is the strongest candidate and that is why he is kept from the headlines by biased media.

evergreenland on March 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I feel your pain, as I also don’t understand why Mitt supporters are hammering Santorum so badly. I mean, Mitt’s gonna win, right?

Lightswitch on March 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

It’s called a silly joke – because of the same things that were being said about not being ready for a black First Family in 2008. Seriously, are people required to have a humorectomy before registering Republican?

inthemiddle on March 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

It’s all they’ve got. Demagoguery and screaming ‘raacist’ or ‘sexxxist’.

They sure as heck can’t run on their record.

CorporatePiggy on March 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Did DeNiro hold a stuffed ape with a bow in its fur while saying that?

Seriously, he and Tom Hanks are harshing my movie groove.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM

They’ve been doing that for me for quite awhile. Congrats on holding out so long.

It’s hard to justify paying $10 to see a movie and see the person that just called you a racist the other day.

Let’s see how long it takes the geniuses in Hollywood to figure out why they’re not selling many tickets anymore.

kim roy on March 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Newt – De Niro said it because he’s had jungle fever since childhood.

I cannot think of a white chick he’s ever been linked to.

Go watch A Bronx Tale. He directed it and it’s partly based on him.

budfox on March 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM

De Niro was reportedly linked to Ashley Judd when they shot Heat back in 1995. But otherwise you’re correct. Dude has a thing for black women. I don’t think it’s a coincidence Angela Bassett(who was reportedly at this fundraiser incidentally) was cast as his girlfriend in The Score when the role wasn’t explicitly written for a black actress.

All that being said, this was a racist remark. De Niro’s not a bigot, and he probably meant it in jest. But it’s stupid and offensive and is almost as demeaning to Moochelle as it is the 3 GOP spouses. He should apologize and let that be the end of it.

Doughboy on March 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I voted for Newt this morning in the Illinois primary. He won’t win, but I still think he’d make the best president, even with all his flaws. God bless you Newt.

Note: In the general, I’m ABO.

Gladtobehere on March 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

It felt good to have a choice this time huh.

Lightswitch on March 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

This is a matter for the psychiatrists.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

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It certainly is and has been since the mid-sixites. It is not unusual for a white liberal to jump leap to the defense of a black person, fighting against perceived racism while at the same time justifying racial attacks upon whites by blacks as “just the result of centuries of oppression.” The white liberal might as well be considered black rather than white in terms of culture and ethnicity.
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Of course, CRT will define any attempt by white liberals to protect blacks from criticism as racist since the white liberal is trying to drag the ethnic black person into the mainstream power structure. It’s a hairy argument, I know, but anytime a liberal someone can defend sexual harassment as dependent upon “how the alleged victim feels” as a legal justification rather than actual behavior of a alleged perpetrator, then any hairy argument has some amount of validity.
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I don’t liberals are a trustworthy source for the definition of “racism” and any assertion they make about the subject should be taken with the same seriousness as an ad hoc Democrat Steering Committee masquerading as a Congressional hearing interviewing S. Fluke about publicly paid-for contraception.

ExpressoBold on March 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

This is a matter for the psychiatrists.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

It’s called Oikophobia.

Yes, Deniro’s “joke” was the implicit charge that I’m a racist for the sole reason that I never wanted the Obamas in our White House. Because they are black, of course.

Harbingeing on March 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Even if it means the threat of race riots. They are willing to go that far – go down that road if need be. If the Obama team can’t guilt enough of White America into voting for them in 2012 – they are just fine with trying to scare the sh-t out of them to do it.

Rebar on March 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Quit asking for apologies and start demanding accountability from these knuckleheads. Start calling the Presideent racist for supporting race affirmative actions and comments.

Tater Salad on March 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

White, monied, Liberals are inherently racist. That’s why they support a system of Statism which keeps minorities dependent on the State – and on them.

In return, and for their concerns for “people of color,” the white, monied, Liberals get to pat the minorities on the head, and tell them that “We’re taking care of you. So, sit still, do what we say, and stay dependent on us. We love you, you know.”

OhEssYouCowboys on March 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I don’t consider that liberals are a trustworthy source for the definition of “racism” and any assertion they make about the subject should be taken with the same seriousness as an ad hoc Democrat Steering Committee masquerading as a Congressional hearing interviewing S. Fluke about publicly paid-for contraception.

ExpressoBold on March 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

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Corrected on my own behalf.
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Where’s that Edit Button I asked for ????

ExpressoBold on March 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Once more Newt steps up to the plate when no one else will. He is the absolute best of the rest. Go, Newt!!!!

Tn.-Vol on March 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Seriously, are people required to have a humorectomy before registering Republican?

inthemiddle on March 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

No, but we are damn sick and tired of being labeled “racist” for being opposed to a socialist, affirmative-action no-resume politician who’s spent a substantial portion of his life mired in the explicitly racist “Black Liberation Theology” and “Critical Race Theory” ideologies.

Harbingeing on March 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

there seems to be quite a bit of confusion in our country about what does and does not constitute racism..
posted at 1:20 pm on March 20, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Indeed.
As Tina exhibits here…clearly.

(Is an absurd Newt Gingrich press release really all that is needed for a post? Desperate.)

verbaluce on March 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

inthemiddle on March 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

You must not have received the memo. It’s all one big, well-deserved send-up of the genuine hysteria the Dems display. Everyone else is making fun of the heads-we-win-tails-you-lose mentality by mockingly giving Dems a taste of their own medicine. smh.

Christien on March 20, 2012 at 2:25 PM

It’s called a silly joke – because of the same things that were being said about not being ready for a black First Family in 2008. Seriously, are people required to have a humorectomy before registering Republican?

inthemiddle on March 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

You be called a racist (even if you are mixed like I am) for years and see how much of a sense of humor you have left.

Anyways, you just bought into it above with “a joke about not being ready for a black FF”. No. That isn’t a joke. It’s a not so subtle jab that we are all racists. It makes no difference that the man is incompetent and looked incompetent the day he set foot on stage to announce his candidacy. It’s all about his looks.

So thanks for buying into the meme of “it’s just a joke” and giving them cover to hide his many, many inadequacies under the guise of us having an issue “with us not being ready for a black FF”.

You are just as bad as they are.

kim roy on March 20, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I voted for Newt this morning in the Illinois primary. He won’t win, but I still think he’d make the best president, even with all his flaws. God bless you Newt.

Note: In the general, I’m ABO.

Gladtobehere on March 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

It felt good to have a choice this time huh.

Lightswitch on March 20, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Absolutely. It mattered to me that I could take a stand that I could believe in, no matter how it turns out. Democracy in the end is about having hope for the future.

Gladtobehere on March 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM

urban elitist on March 20, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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Inconsequential revisionist interpretation.

ExpressoBold on March 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Huh, there really is a war on women, well a war on conservative women anyway.

What’s up with Robert DeNiro?

Dr Evil on March 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I will never spend another dime on this has-been. Michelle is a national disgrace. I will be mighty PROUD OF MY COUNTRY when they throw her out on her big arse.

Redstone357 on March 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Even Laura Bush had more class.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on March 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

What do you mean by “even”? Laura Bush had a great deal of class. Your analogy might have made more sense had you said, “Even Hillary Clinton had more class.” Though, that might be a stretch, even comparing her with Michelle Obama.

Sorry for the re-post. The first was an epic formatting fail.

totherightofthem on March 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Thx Newt!!

You won’t win, but these counterattacks are PRICELESS!!

Khun Joe on March 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM

hey Newt call the WHAMMMMMBULANCE!

DBear on March 20, 2012 at 2:38 PM

UPDATE:
Obama campaign says DeNiro ‘white first lady’ joke ‘inappropriate’

A spokeswoman for first lady Michele Obama said a racially tinged joke by actor Robert DeNiro at a campaign fundraiser Monday night was “inappropriate,” after Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich demanded the White House apologize.

“We believe the joke was inappropriate,” spokeswoman Olivia Alair said in a statement. 



Through a spokesmouthpiece of course. I suppose Callista, Karen and Ann will not receive a personal call from POTUS or FLOTUS.

Brat on March 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

t’s called a silly joke – because of the same things that were being said about not being ready for a black First Family in 2008. Seriously, are people required to have a humorectomy before registering Republican?

inthemiddle on March 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

:-)

jimver on March 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I will never spend another dime on this has-been.

Redstone357 on March 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Yep, though for most people that’s a result of DeNiro not starring in any films worth viewing since Ronin in 1998.

His imdb Star Meter is down 29 this week. Heh. Indeed.

Christien on March 20, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I want to see Callista, Karen, and Ann do a joint video in which they turn to the camera and ask, “You talkin’ to me?”

J.E. Dyer on March 20, 2012 at 2:48 PM

At a fundraising event with the First Lady last night, actor Robert De Niro made what The Hill calls a “racially-themed” joke.
“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?” De Niro asked, to which the crowd cried, “No!” De Niro followed up with, “Too soon, right?”

During a campaign stop in Shreveport, La., Newt Gingrich called De Niro out for his comments, as well he should have.
“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 DeNiro’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.” …
“This is not about the first lady,” Gingrich said. “It’s about the president.

Once more Newt steps up to the plate when no one else will. He is the absolute best of the rest. Go, Newt!!!!

Tn.-Vol on March 20, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Yes, Newt hits it out of the park again.

IndeCon on March 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Leave the torches and pitchforks home, it’s only worth an eye-roll. Adolescent ‘cleverness’ implying Obama’s critics are racist? Spare me! Spare us all!

PersonFromPorlock on March 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I voted for Newt this morning in the Illinois primary. He won’t win, but I still think he’d make the best president, even with all his flaws. God bless you Newt.

Note: In the general, I’m ABO.

Gladtobehere on March 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

+7%…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM

First and foremost I have to say, great job Newt, your still my guy. As far as not watching anymore Liberal Nut Jobs working in Hollywood, that’s probably not going to happen. They all tend to lean that way, but I do enjoy watching a good movie.

DDay on March 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Doesn’t everyone just LOVE being lectured to by “liberals” about being overly sensitive?

There’s not a pot black enough on this planet…

El Dillo on March 20, 2012 at 3:05 PM

You are darn right Newt is valuable in this race, Tina. He has the most guts of any of them and that is just one of his qualities. Unfortunately, too many voters have not looked beyond his past personal problems. His 16 year, successful campaign to gain the majority in the House alone is an historic accomplishment that puts him in a league of his own. Who is to say that the GOP would have ever retaken the House? Who would have led such an effort? Dennis Hastert? John Boehner?

James Thomas on March 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM

A lot of people have said horrible things about Michelle Obama on this site. People hate her because she happens to be a black enjoying life in the white house.

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Only inasmuch as she overdoes it on my dime. Actually, it’s the abuse of enjoying life out of the white house that really torques me…

affenhauer on March 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Whatev’s! Deniro’s wife is a black woman. Not a big deal.

southernms on March 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

El Dillo on March 20, 2012 at 3:05 PM

racist…

affenhauer on March 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Mitt will complain as soon as he gets his DeNiro’s autograph…

right2bright on March 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Here is the video:
http://electad.com/videos/newt-gingrich-obama-should-apologize-for-robert-de-niro-racist-comments/

The full event is here, worth watching:
http://electad.com/videos/newt-gingrich-meet-greet-in-shreveport-louisiana-march-20-2012/

Sheya on March 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Watching Newt saying he will be proud if Mrs Romney or Mrs Santorum were to be the first lady, this man has class, remember when Mitt sent a cake to Newt’s campaign headquarters celebrating the anniversary of Newt resigning from the speakership? Yes that was classy.

evergreenland on March 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Tina Korbe and Hot Air staff:

It is getting quite disgusting to read the continual, unwarranted, snide and condescending shots being taken at Gingrich by Hot Air writers EVERY time Newt makes the news!

Newt was the first candidate demanding an apology because an apology is warranted. What De Niro said is incredibly racist!

Did any Conservative say this about Michelle Obama when BHO got elected? Tina, your immaturity is on full display here!

Stuck on stupid are the kindest words that come to mind regarding this post!

Sparky5253 on March 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Sounds like De Douchey wants honorary black status a la Billy Clinton.

slickwillie2001 on March 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

It’s called a silly joke – because of the same things that were being said about not being ready for a black First Family in 2008. Seriously, are people required to have a humorectomy before registering Republican?

inthemiddle on March 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

These are the standards Democrats have established; they need to live by them. When a right-wing politician has moral failings he’s raked over the coals, and rightly so. The leftists get away with murder.

Fenris on March 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I am tired of the feigned outrage by both the left and the right in matters racial, gender and other politically correct topics.

Old Fritz on March 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Whatev’s! Deniro’s wife is a black woman. Not a big deal.

southernms on March 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

So? Joel Pollak’s wife being a minority didn’t stop Soledad and Jay from calling him racist.

Christien on March 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

The real question is why is De Niro afraid of white women?

ButterflyDragon on March 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Not okay!

http://youtu.be/ZSWoFIjStQk

Jim-Rose on March 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

The real question is why is De Niro afraid of
white women?

ButterflyDragon on March 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM

It took a while, but ^^^ somebody finally nailed it, lol.

Fallon on March 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Seriously, are people required to have a humorectomy before registering Republican?

inthemiddle on March 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

It wasn’t funny. It was a lame attempt.

Deanna on March 20, 2012 at 4:02 PM

de niro proves that you do not have to actually live in hollywierd to be a hollywierd degenerate.

TeaPartyNation on March 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM

A lot of people have said horrible things about Michelle Obama on this site. People hate her because she happens to be a black enjoying life in the white house.

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Not true. Her actions are simply being compared to other First Ladies. People did the same thing to Hillary, Laura, and they crucified Betty Ford. I remember the jokes and criticisms of Lady Bird Johnson. Try again.

Deanna on March 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

DeNiro sees Michelle Obama as a black first lady. I see her, and I bet most conservatives on this board see her, as the first lady.

Strike Twice on March 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

KXLY reported:

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.

Newt gets thing done.
HANG IN THERE NEWT

evergreenland on March 20, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Bob, load up all 6 bullets next time.

8thAirForce on March 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

The trouble with De Niro’s remark is that for it to be funny you have to mentally denigrate the three white women whose husbands are running for POTUS. If he had said that it would be hard to top Michelle’s tour of duty as FLOTUS that would have been positive and wouldn’t have hurt anyone else. Is there anything new to Hollywood stepping on the faces of the rest of America? Tom Hanks just spit in the eye of almost half of the country and probably doesn’t even know it. What do they think of us when they insult us regularly but expect us to buy tickets to their stupid movies? I remember when the slut Julia Roberts said to one Academy award recipient as she handed him his award, “I can’t believe you are a Republican”! She wasn’t joking either.

inspectorudy on March 20, 2012 at 4:12 PM

A silly little joke.

Newt places their race card back at them for a little fun.

Nothing more to this.

profitsbeard on March 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

When Hillary and Obama were competing in 2008, blacks and women were very excited.

liberal4life on March 20, 2012 at 1:36 PM

You really don’t speak for all of us, and it’s highly offensive that you keep pretending you do.

I did, however, catch an excited women in a casino parking lot the day Palin was announced as VP. She was yelling to whoever would listen about how awesome it was. That did not happen with Hillary, even among my liberal friends.

Esthier on March 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM

In the lib world view, we wingnuts didn’t vote for Obama because we “didn’t think the country was ready for a black First Lady.” So he turned it around, ha ha ha. He’s not stating or even implying that the country is not ready for a white First Lady, he’s accusing his opponents of being racists.

I wouldn’t even go this far. Here’s the context for the joke:

In 2008, the question “Is the country ready for a black president?” was asked many times.

So now, DeNiro jokingly said “Is the country ready for a white first lady?”

The odd thing about the joke is that he made it about the first ladies… he should have said, “Gingrich, Romney, Santorum… is the country ready for a white president?”

It’s really a rather innocuous joke. Calling Gingrich’s comments an overreaction is an understatement.

Tom_Shipley on March 20, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Hmmm. DeNiro has been married twice, both times to black women. His girlfriends and affairs (including Will Smith’s sister) likewise. I don’t think he’s ever been linked to a white woman.

Obviously he thinks this gives him some kind of dispensation to make racially charged comments vis a vis white women, with the audience of libs being in the know, thus giving them all a sense of superiority.

Newt’s reaction plays into this.

str8tface on March 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Tom_Shipley on March 20, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Calling it a joke is also an understatement. What’s the joke exactly? That people were saying it about Obama, so it’s funny to turn it around on all the white people in the GOP? Real knee slapper.

Esthier on March 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

IGNORE HIM.

IlikedAUH2O on March 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

DeNiro’s an actor. ‘Nuff said.

SukieTawdry on March 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

It’s a funny joke. However, hypocrisy must be made an example of. Otherwise, folks will never see it and more important they will never get tired of it. WEAR IT OUT!!

Alinsky stated hold them to their own book of rules

John Kettlewell on March 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

isn’t racism reducing a person to race?

That’s so last-millenia thinking.

Racism is currently defined as disagreeing with someone (particularly a Democrat) politically.

malclave on March 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

but there seems to be quite a bit of confusion in our country about what does and does not constitute racism

Not at all

The left has redefined to the point that they will tell you when it’s racist

Sonosam on March 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

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