BBC News – Robert De Niro apologises for first lady quip
Actor Robert De Niro has apologised for a quip he made at a Democratic fundraiser that the US might not be ready for “a white first lady”.
The Raging Bull star was introducing the First Lady, Michelle Obama, at an event in New York.
“My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone – especially the first lady,” he said.
Republican candidate Newt Gingrich called the remarks “inexcusable”.
During his introduction at Monday’s fundraiser, De Niro, 68, alluded to Mr Gingrich’s wife, Callista.
“Callista Gingrich, Karen Santorum, Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady? Too soon, right?” he told the audience.