While hosting a fundraising event for President Obama’s re-election campaign on Monday at his NYC restaurant, Locanda Verde, Oscar winner Robert De Niro asked a controversial question about the GOP’s potential first ladies. The Huffington Post reports on the story:

WASHINGTON — Actor Robert De Niro stumped for President Barack Obama on Monday night, joking that the country may not be ready for the white culture that each of the GOP presidential candidates would bring into the White House.

“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white First Lady?” De Niro asked a crowd of Obama supporters, according to a White House pool report. De Niro was hosting a fundraiser with Michelle Obama at his New York City restaurant, Locanda Verde.

The crowd “roared” in response to De Niro’s question, according to the pool report, and De Niro said back, “Too soon, right?”

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