The Latest Stupid Kerfuffle

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Obama Opposition, RaceLeave a Comment

Robert DeNiro at Obama fundraiser last night: "Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?"

A joke, right?  Not a side-splitter, but obviously a joke.

Newt Gingrich feigns outrage and demands an apology from Obama:

“What DeNiro said last night was inexcusable and the president should apologize for him. It was at an Obama fundraiser, it is exactly wrong, it divides the country,” he said. “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 terribly unacceptable as what Robert DeNiro said.”

Okay.  Somebody tell me please why the statement is "utterly and terribly unacceptable"?  According to Gingrich, DeNiro's comment "sows racial division".  Um…. how?  No, seriously.  How? 

I mean, if you really want to break down DeNiro's quip and take it seriously, this country obviously is ready for a white first lady, seeing as how we've had one for 232 out of the past 235 years.  So, you know…

This statement would have gone unnoticed, had Newt not started jumping up and down about it.  (Psssst.  Guess who is playing the race card…..)

And why exactly should Obama apologize?  You really want to start playing the "I'm-reponsible-for-what-my-friends-say" game, Newt?  Because one of your biggest supporters, Rush Limbaugh, has made some controversial statements lately. 

UPDATE: Oh Jesus Christ, c’mon: “Per @CarrieNBCNews, FLOTUS spokeswoman Olivie Alair says Robert DeNiro’s joke last night about a white first lady is ‘inappropriate.’”