Quick Apology From White House Should Put the De Niro Comment To Rest
The White House agreed with Gingrich that the celebrated actor Robert De Niro was wrong making the comment that it was too soon for a white first lady; I thank President Obama for that.
This is not the first time the President has showed his willingness to apologize when he was wrong, and in the past he had been heavily criticized by the Republicans for doing so, such as in the instance when the Koran burning issue inflamed Afghanistan, but it only proved once more that Obama is a civilized man.
De Niro was speaking on Monday night at a fundraiser reception in New York City in front of about 90 people, which was hosted by him and his wife. In attendance was the First Lady Michelle Obama. The GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich called on President Obama to apologize for De Niro’s comments, “What De Niro said last night was inexcusable and the president should apologize for him. It was at an Obama fundraiser, it is exactly wrong.”
Robert De Niro was swift to make a statement, “My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone — especially the first lady.” And on Tuesday, Olivia Alair, the First Lady’s press secretary made an announcement; “We believe the joke was inappropriate.” No ifs and buts, the statement was direct and to the point, as an apology shall be. Contrast that with the twisted, tormented, half hearted insincere apology of Rush Limbaugh for his calling the young law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” in totally uncalled for situation, and that too after doubling down for two days trying to justify his comments. Limbaugh only tried to control the damage after his advertisers began deserting him in droves.
As a nation we have a very short memory—it is great that we forgive, but it is important that we don't forget, and it is even more important that we make that distinction.