De Niro says he meant no offense with first lady joke
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.