Posted by Corine Macintosh on September 12, 2001
In Reply to: President Carter posted by H Blackwell on July 18, 2001
: : : President Jimmy Carter once used the phrase (to his regret) in a reply to a question from an African-American also surnamed "Carter."
: : : To paraphrase the encounter:
: : : The man asked, "My name's 'Carter' and your name is 'Carter.' How come we're not related." To which the President responded, "Lot's of Georgia families have a nigger in the woodpile."
Wrong Carter. The man who said that was James G. Carter, a Georgia State Senator. It was misattributed to Jimmy Carter because they're from the same state and because of the similarity of their names.