March 23rd, 2012
03:03 PM ET
Robert De Niro is sorry he’s not sorry.
“No, no I don’t apologize,” the actor told CNN regarding a joke he made at an Obama for America fundraiser earlier this week.
Prior to Michelle Obama’s introduction at the fundraiser, De Niro joked: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?”
“I think it was silly, and I’m sorry it had to go that way,” De Niro added. “It was ridiculous, and everyone knows that. So, that’s it. That’s all I have to say about it. Nonsense.”
Campaign Press Secretary to the First Lady Olivia Alair called the joke “inappropriate” in a statement, while Newt Gingrich said De Niro’s quip was “inexcusable.”
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