The Last Word | March 04, 2013
>> you name it. my job is not to worry about -- i'll never convince them they should take responsibility and care for their lives.
>> joining me now, the grandson of the 39th president of the united states , james carter iv. i know you've said that you discovered this video by searching online. where did you find it on someone's facebook page?
>> no, just on youtube , actually.
>> it was on you, tube and you tracked down through youtube who actually made that video?
>> it was a combination of youtube and twitter. i tried to -- i found other clips from the same event. they all had a weird static filter or blurry filter on them. i found a couple other clips, i tried to send messages through youtube , through all of the various account names, and then i was tweet iing everything i found out about it, and it attracted the person who did it. and they followed me on twitter, and i recognized that their twitter name was the same as one of the youtube user names . and so i got in touch -- i direct messaged them over twitter and that's how we hooked up.
>> the process you described took how long?
>> four days.
>> and so it was one person who had put all this stuff out there online?
>> and you've said it was not someone who paid $50,000 to attend the event which leaves us -- knows that everyone else there is working there, they are serving in some capacity there?
>> okay. so that's as far as we're going to narrow it down. it seems like, what is the incentive for this person to remain anonymous at this point?
>> i'm not sure about that really. i know that making the video and getting it out the way they did took a certain amount of guts. and i think it takes to want to come out and be famous.
>> yeah, i'm ready to shower that person with glory at the moment.
>> any moment that person wants to step forward . as i think any other network is.
>> it's a fascinating case of anonymity in that sense. you had a recent meeting, encounter with president obama , according to your grandfather, he's said publicly that the president gave you a big hug and kind of in some way acknowledged how valuable your work was to this campaign?
>> well, i was standing in line for a handshake and a picture. there was a line of us, before an event that was in decatur, georgia. and my cousin, who's a state senator in georgia was in front of me in line. and after his picture ed turned around and introduced me to obama as the carter grandchild who had found the 47% video. obama said get over here, and put his arm around me. and thanked me several times for my support during the campaign, and then after all the pictures and stuff, went straight from that into now that we have a second term we can work on getting these kids what they need. it was an event for his prek proposal. and you know, the reason why i do this is because i think democratic policies are better. the fact that he tied it into a policy thing was -- i thought it was great.
>> the 47% video is a policy video. it is an indictment of republican policy and intent. it's a very serious piece for us to have. before we go, i want to go back to anonymous, because i find this so intriguing, is it your sense that he put all -- whoever this is, he or she, put all this material out there in the hope that you or someone like you would find it, would track it down. and would get it this kind of attenti attention?
>> well, i don't think anybody could have imagined the kind of attention that finally came to it. but yeah, he was definitely -- they were definitely trying to get it out there.
>> well, it got out there and it is my sense and many people's sense that it absolutely changed the nature of the campaign from that point forward. james carter iv, an honor to have you joining us tonight. as long as the person who made the video remains anonymous, you remain the only mvp of the 2012 campaign who we know by name. i'm ready to make you number two as soon as that other person comes forward. james, thanks very much.
>> thank you for having me.