Jimmy Carter

Savannah bar recalls Jimmy Carter visit on St. Patrick's Day

It sounds like a story concocted after a few too many drinks on St. Patrick's Day: The president of the United States walked into a bar.

But that really happened in Savannah. Jimmy Carter had been in the White House a little more than a year when he visited on March 17, 1978. After touring an aircraft carrier anchored off the Georgia coast, the president was whisked to downtown Savannah to check into a hotel suite. He then strolled across the street to Pinkie Master's Lounge, climbed atop the U-shaped bar and gave an impromptu speech to a stunned St. Patrick's Day crowd.

As thousands gathered in Savannah for the Irish holiday Friday, the new owners of Pinkie Master's had...