Actor Robert De Niro yesterday apologized for joking at a Democratic fundraiser with Michelle Obama about the possibility of having a "white first lady" at the White House after November's presidential elections.
The Oscar-winning star of "The Godfather" and "Raging Bull" said he had intended no offence with the remark about the wives of Republican presidential contenders Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.
De Niro found himself in hot water after Monday's fundraiser in New York when he introduced Michelle Obama as the main speaker.
Newt Gingrich called the remarks inexcusable and divisive.
Michelle Obama's office said the joke was "inappropriate."