02/14/2013 03:47 pm ET

Obama Meets James Carter IV, Opposition Researcher Behind '47 Percent' Video

President Barack Obama on Thursday met James Carter IV, the man behind the '47 percent' video that helped sink Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy, Politico reported.

"Thank you, thank you so much," Obama said, embracing Carter.

Carter, the grandson of former president Jimmy Carter, found hidden camera clips on YouTube of Romney speaking at a fundraiser.

The Huffington Post and Mother Jones were first to report on the contents of the 47 percent video, wherein Mitt Romney said, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon 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. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what."

Those comments cemented the perception of the former Massachusetts governor -- who is worth up to $250 million -- as out-of-touch with the concerns with ordinary Americans. The Obama campaign later turned the comments into a devastating ad.

Carter has since started his own opposition research firm.



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