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De Niro to Potential Republican First Ladies: Fuggedaboutit


Can you imagine any other First Lady in the Oval Office other than Michelle? Robert De Niro can’t.

Last night, at his trendy TriBeCa restaurant, Locanda Verde, the star of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull packed 85 wealthy Obama supporters into a fundraiser dinner, where tickets started at $5,000 a head. Attendees included fellow Focker Ben Stiller, Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein, Beyonce and her mother, Whoopi Goldberg, Star Jones and a whole slew of others.

But the real guest of honor at De Niro’s event was none other than the First Lady herself, Michelle Obama, and De Niro riled the crowd up by putting her on the spot. How did he do this?

Simply by listing the Republican alternatives: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?”

A single shout of “No!” from the crowd led De Niro, who is also white, to ask yet again, “Too soon, right?”

Runnin’ Scared readers, do you have an answer for De Niro? If you don’t, watch Cape Fear — and then you will.

(UPDATE: The Obama campaign has just said that De Niro’s joke was inappropriate.)


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