Grapevine: De Niro apologizes for 'first lady' joke

Actor's controversial comments at Obama fundraiser


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Analyze This

Actor Robert De Niro says he meant no offense when he joked America might not be ready for a white first lady at a presidential fundraiser he hosted featuring Michelle Obama.

Today, De Niro said his remarks were spoken with a satirical jest. De Niro listed the wives of the Republican presidential candidates saying -- quote -- "Callista Gingrich, Karen Santorum, Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?"

Newt Gingrich said the racial reference was inexcusable and an Obama campaign official called the remark "inappropriate."

The Audacity of Hope

Various news outlets have put together their own audacious moments of the last five centuries in response to Vice President Joe Biden's remarks at a fundraiser earlier this week.

Vice President Biden hailed President Obama for the Usama bin Laden raid -- quote -- "You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan."

Politico compiled plans it deemed arguably as audacious -- or more so -- including D-Day, Napoleon's invasion of Russia, and the landing at Inchon during the Korean War.

The conservative National Review noted -- quote -- "Five hundred years is a long time...I'm sure all you history buffs out there can think of another battle plan at least in the running to be more audacious than Operation Geronimo."

Not Easy Being Green

Finally, the federal government needs to be better about recycling.

A new study by the Government Accountability Office found only about one-third of the federal workforce participates in a voluntary program that encourages agencies to dispose of their used electronics in a green way.

Estimates show across the federal government 10,000 computers are discarded each week.