Obama thanked Carter's grandson for releasing Romney's tape making '47 pc gaffe' about Americans

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 07:30 hrs

Former President Jimmy Carter has said President Barack Obama thanked his grandson James Carter IV for being involved in the public release of the video tape of Mitt Romney making his infamous comments about '47 percent' of Americans.

During an interview, Carter told CNN's Piers Morgan that when James went to meet the President, Obama ran across the room, embraced him and thanked him profusely for his time.

According to Politico, Carter added that he don't think if Obama thanked him for 'winning the election,' but thanked him for helping him with the election.

The former president told Morgan that Romney was not able to distance himself from the comments, in which he said at private Florida fundraiser last May that "47 percent" of Americans were "dependent" on the government and would vote for Obama no matter what.

A political opposition researcher, James Carter reportedly was the go-between in providing Mother Jones with the tape last September ahead of the November election.

Carter said of Romney that it was something [Romney] could not deny and it stuck with him for the rest of the election and it was a major factor, if not the major factor, the report added.

James Carter and Carter's other grandson, Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, met with Obama last week when the president was in Atlanta, the report added. (ANI)

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