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Gingrich: Obama Must Apologize for De Niro "White First Lady" Joke

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Newt Gingrich, desperate for any attention after losing yet another primary, is making news for demanding that President Obama apologize for something he did not say or do -- specifically, Robert De Niro's "white first lady" joke.

At an Obama fundraiser which the First Couple attended in New York City on Monday, the Oscar-winning actor said, "Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?"

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When the crowd yelled "No!" De Niro joked, "Too soon, right?"

The joke was quickly condemned by Michelle Obama's press secretary. "We believe the joke was inappropriate," said Olivia Alair.

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Even De Niro later apologized, saying in a statement, "My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone - especially the first lady."

But this is not enough for Gingrich, who thinks Obama should add his voice.

"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, he said.

Gingrich then went on to lecture about his favorite topic, the terrible leftist media.

"If people on the left want to talk about radio talk show hosts, then everybody in the country ought to hold the president accountable when somebody at his event says something as utterly, totally unacceptable as Robert De Niro said last night," Gingrich said.