Posted by H Blackwell on July 18, 2001
In Reply to: President Carter posted by ESC on June 24, 2000
: : 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."
: : I grew up in the rural South (Texas). This phrase was quite common. I have always heard it used in the context of President Carter's lame joke, i.e. to imply a dubious or racially mixed ancestry.
: I have a hard time picturing President Carter saying that.