Lighten up Newt Gingrich... It was just a joke for Christ's sake. Lest we forget the real issues of the day such as high gasoline prices, the economy, Mitt Romney kicking your ass... Robert De Niro joke: Too soon for another 'white first lady'? - CSMonitor.com Robert De Niro joke took place at a fundraiser for President Obama with first lady Michelle Obama on Monday night. The Gingrich campaign, for one, has taken exception.