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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Newt Gingrich Demands President Obama Apologize for Robert De Niro's Bad Joke

Posted by on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

MSNBC reports on the latest celebroversy in the 2012 campaign:

“I do want to say one thing on behalf of both my wife, and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney and that is I think Robert De Niro is wrong,” Gingrich said as he began his speech at Strawn's Eat Shop Too. “I think the country is ready for a new first lady and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms.”

At an Obama for American fundraiser in New York City Monday night, attended by Michele Obama, De Niro joked about a possible GOP first lady.

"Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?" De Niro asked at the top of his remarks at Locanda Verde restaurant as the crowd yelled “no.” “Too soon, right?," he said.

Oh my God the stupid burns my eyes. First of all: This is an unwelcome reminder that at least 60% of the gaffes Democrats will be defending this year will probably be coming from the mouths of celebrities. Second of all: As with most of the mistakes that will be feeding election news cycles, this is a non-issue, a dumb joke puffed up on someone's showy sense of outrage and thrown to the dogs for a few hours. It's like a little preview trailer of what the entire month of July is going to be like.


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Remember kids, it doesn't matter how insignificant you are. If you can tell the president what he should do then you're as important as he is.

The White House press secretary should have some fun with this to discourage future incidents. If it gets brought up.

Put up a picture of Obama and a picture of De Niro and a picture of Gingrich.
De Niro (point to picture) says X to a group.
Someone reports on what De Niro said.
Gingrich (point to picture) hears/reads report.
Gingrich (point to picture) mistakes Obama (point to picture) for De Niro (point to picture).
Does anyone else have trouble telling Obama (point to picture) from De Niro (point to picture)? Anyone? Bueller?
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on March 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
OuterCow 2
@1 lol, thank you for that.
Posted by OuterCow on March 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM · Report this
Eventually, I think this election will force Obama to step up with another teachable moment around race, but this is not yet it. If anything they should reach out behind the scenes and have De Niro address Gingrich directly. I don't think it matters if De Niro genuinely apologizes, offers an explanation or excuse in standard apology form, or only acknowledges Gingrich's perfectly understandable butt-hurt given the long history of white oppression in this country that is the basis for the joke; as long as De Niro falls short of some variation of "Shut the hell up, Cracker!", the White House and Obama should then answer any queries with a statement that it was addressed by those involved. If it lingers, he can pick it up in the speech when the egregious shit happens.
Posted by Presidential Advison and Sanitation Engineer on March 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Looking For a Better Read 4
When I think about the concept of a person being "presidential", and then I think about the choices available . . . I think we are very lucky to have Barack Obama in office, and I hope like hell we see him there four years from now.
Posted by Looking For a Better Read on March 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 5
The GOP's current policy is "Be as racist as you like, just never mention race out loud. If race gets brought up, call the other person a racist for bringing up race."
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on March 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM · Report this
@5: That's pretty much the republican approach to projectile politics. You could substitute so many other terms for race in your statement.

"Be as sexist as you like, just never mention sexism..."

"Be as classist as you like, just never mention class..."

Posted by LMcGuff on March 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM · Report this
Newt seizes any opportunity for righteous anger he can get. He's the kind of tough guy who shows he's tough by constantly getting red-faced, stamping his feet, and shouting "It's not fair!"
Posted by Proteus on March 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 8
So he took that seriously. Huh.
Posted by keshmeshi on March 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM · Report this
ryanayr 9
How is this a dumb joke? It's a good joke. I laughed - albeit on the inside.
Posted by ryanayr on March 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM · Report this

All I want is for Newt to hit a home run.…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM · Report this
Dougsf 11
My 11-year self is confused and saddened he'd somehow missed that Bananarama video.
Posted by Dougsf on March 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM · Report this
I completely forgot about that Bananarama song! Good stuff.
Posted by mitten on March 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM · Report this
DOUG. 13
How could this even remotely be classified as a "gaffe"?
Posted by DOUG. on March 20, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 14
Did you know Nicolas Cage is actually named Nicolas Coppola?

Bananarama ftw!
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 20, 2012 at 1:30 PM · Report this
15 we've got De Niro and Cher and Whoopi and Alec Baldwin who occasionally make their "gaffes". Let's see who the teabaggers have. Oh, Ted Nugent and Victoria Jackson.
Posted by Vadt on March 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
I'm sure Newt is ready for a new first lady--how long's he been with his current wife? Surely there's a younger model waiting in the wings.
Posted by tiktok on March 20, 2012 at 2:17 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 17
@16 for second wife followup win. Or is that fourth? Running out of fingers.
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
seandr 18
What are you talking about, Paul?

This isn't a "gaffe". This isn't even a "bad joke". It's just a joke.
Posted by seandr on March 20, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
I thought it was pretty funny... ?
Posted by JenV on March 20, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Also, I thought It was pretty clearly a joke *about* racism, not about putting down the GOP candidate's wives. If Gingrich actually got the joke (though I suppose for that he'd need a sense of humor) he wouldn't be all butthurt about it.
Posted by JenV on March 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM · Report this
ChadK 21
I like that one episode of SNL where Deniro portrays a defense secretary giving a briefing on terrorists with unfortunately scatological names like Apu Pibat and Rani Diyah Riyah (and his brother, Wadri). Apparently dirty business runs in their genes.
Posted by ChadK on March 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 22
I think it's a great joke - blaming the women's race rather than their husbands' ineptitude for not making it to firstladydom. That, combined with the stark, near-albino whiteness of Callista. Nancy Reagan looked like a migrant worker by comparison.
Posted by Free Lunch on March 20, 2012 at 6:26 PM · Report this
I fail to see what's offensive.

Why don't you guys pull your collective head from your collective ass and smell the fresh air?
Posted by Central Scrutinizer on March 21, 2012 at 12:04 AM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 24
wait newt.. i thought that everybody everywhere knew that de niro loves him some chooclate. you really should read your memos
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on March 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM · Report this

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