Skooter reporting 03/21/12
On Monday night at a New York fundraiser for First Lady, actor in a calm manner gave an introductory remarks saying: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?”
“Too soon, right?”
At Locanda Verde, the restaurant the actor owns in TriBeCa, De Niro and his wife Grace Hightower hosted the event. Hightower in her remarks said the First Lady had been subjected to “dissenting voices, like vampire energies,” and she called Mrs. Obama “a stunner” even Republicans will agree with her.
There were celebrities who were in attendance that night and among them were, Beyoncé, , , Gayle King, and Ben Stiller. Tickets began at $5,000 a piece.
That night’s event, the First Lady talked about on her husband’s accomplishments in his first term, and the crowd applauded when she pointed out to the significance of Supreme Court appointments, which could affect, “whether we can speak freely and yes, love whomever we choose.”
At least there was one Republican challenger to Obama said that De Niro’s quip did not sit well. The former Speaker of the Housesaid at a campaign stop in Louisiana said that what the actor said that night was uncalled-for and that the president should apologize for him. He further said that De Niro forgot that it was Obama fundraiser and it was exactly wrong, it divides the country.
Referring casually to the recentmess, Gingrich continued, “If people on the left want to talk about talk-show hosts, then everybody in the country should hold the president accountable when someone at his event says something that is utterly and terrible unacceptable as what Robert De Niro said.”
The Obama campaigners supported Gingrich comment on De Niro’s remarks, according to CNN. In a statement Tuesday, Olivia Alair, campaign press secretary to the First Lady said that they believe the joke was out of place