Robert De Niro: Apologizes for cracking risque joke in front of Michelle Obama
Thursday 22, March 2012
Sir Robert De Niro has apologized for telling a risqué joke in the presence of US First Lady Michelle Obama.
The legendary actor made the comments while hosting a fundraiser for US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign at the Greenwich Hotel in New York City on Monday (March 19).
The refined performer took the opportunity to joke about the wives of US Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich prior to introducing the first lady.
"Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?" the legendary actor quipped.
The First Lady's press secretary has since condemned the joke to CNN, calling the remark "inappropriate".
This remark was also branded "inexcusable" by candidate Newt Gingrich and "sad" by Rick Santorum.
The two-time Oscar winner apologised for the joke in a press statement issued on Tuesday evening.
"My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone, especially the first lady," the actor said.