I was at Marina Mall Crescent’s Starbucks while I was browsing XKCD‘s comics. And found out this funny comic about American History:

So I laughed and everything. Googled “Jimmy Carter attacked by a swimming rabbit” and found out that it actually happened!!!

Here’s what Wikipedia wrote:

Dubbed the “killer rabbit” attack by the media, the Jimmy Carter rabbit incident involved a swamp rabbit that caught press imagination after furiously trying to board then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s fishing boat on April 20, 1979.

Carter had gone on a solo fishing expedition in his hometown of Plains, Georgia when the rabbit approached his boat, “hissing menacingly, its teeth flashing and nostrils flared and making straight for the president”,[1] trying desperately to enter the boat, causing Carter to flail at the swimming creature with the oars from his boat.

Upon returning to his office, Carter found his staff disbelieving of his story, insisting that rabbits couldn’t swim, or that they would never approach a person threateningly[2]. However, it was later confirmed that a White House photographer had in fact captured the incident on-camera.[3]

Press Secretary Jody Powell mentioned the event to Associated Press correspondent Brooks Jackson on August 28, 1979, who filed the story with the wire service the following day. The story “President Attacked by Rabbit” was carried across the front page of The Washington Post, though the White House’s refusal to release the photograph resulted in the newspaper using a cartoon parody of the Jaws poster labeled “PAWS” as its illustration.[1] The White House still refused to release the photograph of the incident to the media, until it turned up during the Reagan administration and the story saw another revival.
Carter shooing away the rabbit, at far right
Carter shooing away the rabbit, at far right

In Press Secretary Powell’s 1986 book The Other Side of the Story, he recounted the story as follows:

Upon closer inspection, the animal turned out to be a rabbit. Not one of your cutesy, Easter Bunny-type rabbits, but one of those big splay-footed things that we called swamp rabbits when I was growing up.

The animal was clearly in distress, or perhaps berserk. The President confessed to having had limited experience with enraged rabbits. He was unable to reach a definite conclusion about its state of mind. What was obvious, however, was that this large, wet animal, making strange hissing noises and gnashing its teeth, was intent upon climbing into the Presidential boat.

The incident with the rabbit became fodder for those illustrating Carter’s presidency as hapless and enfeebled.[4]

Folk musician Tom Paxton retold the incident in the song “I Don’t Want a Bunny-Wunny.”


2 thoughts on “RABBITS ARE EVIL!!!!!

  1. Dhez…I think it’s time to lay off on the chocolate…they say drugs can do crazy things but this is just amazingly eye-brow raising.

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