De Niro says he meant no of­fense with first lady joke

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Robert De Niro says he meant no of­fense when he joked at a pres­i­den­tial fundraiser fea­tur­ing Michelle Obama that Amer­ica might not be ready for a white first lady.

Mr. De Niro said in a state­ment that he was speak­ing “with satir­i­cal jest” at the event Mon­day night in New York. The ac­tor says his re­marks “were not meant to of­fend or em­bar­rass any­one es­pe­cially the first lady.”

The joke drew a com­plaint from Newt Gin­grich, who said the racial ref­er­ence to the Re­pub­li­can can­di­dates’ wives was “in­ex­cus­able” and de­manded an apol­ogy from Pres­i­dent Obama.

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