Former US president Jimmy Carter bragged on "Piers Morgan Tonight" show that President Obama thanked his grandson profusely for releasing the video of Mitt Romney's "47 percent" remarks.
Jimmy Carter said: "When James went to meet President Obama, he (Obama) ran across the room, embraced him and thanked him profusely for his time."
According to The Huffington Post, the former president's grandson James Carter IV, played an important role in the release of the secretly-taped incident at a private fundraiser in Florida during which, according to Digital Journal, Romney said: "All right -- there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it... And they will vote for this president no matter what... These are people who pay no income tax... My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
Politico reports that Obama met James Carter during his (Obama's) trip to Georgia after his State of the Union address. According to CNN, Obama met James and his cousin, the Georgian state Senator Jason Carter.
Politico reports that when Jason introduced James and told Obama of his role in the release of the "47 percent video," Obama embrace him, saying: "Thank you, thank you so much."
According CNN, James Carter, speaking on Wolf Blitzer's "The Situation Room," said: "After (Jason) got his picture taken, he told Obama that I was the one that had found the 47% tape. Then Obama said, 'Hey, great, get over here.' And then he kind of half-embraced me, I want to say, put his arm around me, and we shook hands. He thanked me for my support, several times."
When Blitzer asked James if the person who filmed the video at the event was a guest or a waiter, Carter said, "It wasn't one of the people who had paid $50,000 to be there. But I'm not going to say anything more than that."
James said he had not expected that the video would have such an impact. He said: "I obviously hoped that everything that I found would make a difference. It ended up being way beyond my wildest dreams."
Analysts widely consider the release of the "47 percent" tape a critical point in the presidential election. Obama's campaign team exploited the comments to portray Romney as a elitist candidate disconnected from the problems of ordinary Americans.
Jimmy Carter told Piers Morgan: "It was something (Romney) could not deny and it stuck with him for the rest of the election and I think it was a major factor, if not the major factor."
According to CNN, many GOP leaders also admitted that the video was a turning point in the election. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, countered Romney's comments a week after the election, saying that for the GOP to be competitive it has to win "100 percent of the votes, not 53%."
Thus, Morgan probably did not stray too far from the truth when he said: "So basically, [James Carter] won Obama the election."
Former President Carter was happy to concur: "I think so. I think it was the pivotal moment..."
According to The Huffington Post, James Carter found the video while searching through online footage of Mitt Romney.
The Huffington Post:
But on this day in August, one clip jumped out. There was Romney, in an undisclosed location, bluntly discussing a visit to a Chinese factory with substandard conditions...
So Carter, 35, of Atlanta, set out track to down the source of the video....
Soon after, Carter persuaded the source to trust [Mother Jones' David Corn] with the full video – on the condition that he keep the source's identity a secret...
Then on Monday and Tuesday, Corn posted the clips to his magazine's website, sparking a firestorm for the Romney campaign over remarks claiming that nearly half of Americans "believe they are victims" deserving government help and that the Palestinians have no interest in peace with Israel.
For the former President Jimmy Carter, the video served Romney "poetic justice," because the Republican candidate had focused attacks on Carter's supposedly weak record with the hope that it would rebound negatively on Obama.
The Huffington Post reports the young Carter said: "I've gotten a lot of Twitter messages from people supporting me and saying that it's poetic justice that it was a Carter that uncovered this, considering the way that the Romney campaign has been talking about my grandfather. I agree with that sentiment wholeheartedly."