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Today in History: Jimmy Carter Attacked by Killer Rabbit (April 20, 1979)
News of the Odd ^ | April 20, 2005

Posted on 04/19/2005 10:08:17 PM PDT by RWR8189

Jimmy Carter fishing in GeorgiaToday in Odd History, President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a rabbit during a fishing trip in Plains, Georgia. The rabbit, which may have been fleeing a predator, swam toward his boat, "hissing menacingly, its teeth flashing and nostrils flared." President Carter was forced to swat at the vicious beast with a canoe paddle, which apparently scared it off.

Upon his return to the White House, Carter told his staff about the furry amphibian's assault. Most of them refused to believe him, insisting that rabbits can't swim (although since most mammals can swim, there's no reason to believe that rabbits cannot), and that even if they could, they certainly wouldn't attack humans, and certainly not presidents. Fortunately, a White House photographer had been on the scene, and had recorded the bizarre attack. The photograph showed Carter with his paddle raised, warding off a small creature which might, or might not, have been a rabbit. One staffer was quoted as saying, "You couldn't tell what it was." Undaunted by their skepticism, Carter had the image enlarged, and there it was--a killer bunny rabbit, apparently bent on assassinating the president.

The story might have ended there, except that White House Press Secretary Jody Powell mentioned the incident to Associated Press reporter Brooks Jackson in August. JawsThe Washington Post ran it as front page news. The original photograph was not available (until the Reagan administration leaked it in 1981), but the paper filled the gap with a cartoon modeled on the poster for the movie Jaws, starring the rabbit and entitled Paws. Powell made a belated attempt to impress the public with the seriousness of the attack, calling the creature a "swamp rabbit," but since Carter had to appease his rabbit-loving constituents by insisting that he had not actually smacked his buck-toothed opponent with his paddle, but only splashed water at it to drive it away, it seemed unlikely that he had been in danger. The entire episode became a I'm a Bunny for Cartersymbol of Carter's floundering presidency. According to Powell, "[I]t shows the extent to which an insignificant incident can snowball and end up in newspapers and news shows across the country.” Carter biographer Douglas Brinkley says, “It just played up the Carter flake factor.... I mean, he had to deal with Russia and the Ayatollah and here he was supposedly fighting off a rabbit.”

Note: While some presidential apologists have suggested that Carter might actually have been attacked by a nutria, a large, aggressive aquatic rodent, others have insisted that the President's assailant was a simple, if unusually vicious, bunny rabbit. Fulk, the 12th century king of Jerusalem, was killed by a rabbit. (Well, really he was killed by a fall from his horse, but the horse had been startled by a rabbit.) And many years ago, I was the owner of a Blue Dutch rabbit named Sequin. One of my friends still bears the scars of an encounter with Sequin--a perfectly matched set of parallel teeth marks, where Sequin's fangs closed on her hand and ripped through the flesh when she pulled her hand away. Bunnies are, indeed, fiercer than anyone but Monty Python has generally given them credit for.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: bunny; carter; jimmycarter; killerbunny; killerrabbit; x39
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Beware of Killer Bunnies!
1 posted on 04/19/2005 10:08:18 PM PDT by RWR8189
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To: RWR8189; cyborg

LOLOLOLOL


2 posted on 04/19/2005 10:09:21 PM PDT by Petronski (Pope Benedict XVI: A German Shepherd on the Throne of Peter)
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To: RWR8189

And now he looks like one.


3 posted on 04/19/2005 10:12:14 PM PDT by Darkwolf (Jean Shepherd audio: http://www.flicklives.com/Mass_Back/mass_back.htm)
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To: RWR8189

Wait...was it Jimmy Carter or Monty Python?


4 posted on 04/19/2005 10:13:18 PM PDT by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: RWR8189

Even Rabbits can sense weakness :-)


5 posted on 04/19/2005 10:14:35 PM PDT by MJY1288 ( LIBERALISM IS FOR INVERTEBRATES)
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To: RWR8189
Are they sure it was today?


6 posted on 04/19/2005 10:14:38 PM PDT by Mo1 (Hey GOP ---- Not one Dime till Republicans grow a Spine !!)
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To: Sender; John O

I believe it was actually a large badger...


7 posted on 04/19/2005 10:14:39 PM PDT by andie74 (Awfully fine cereal flakes you got, Mrs. McDonough.)
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To: Sender

8 posted on 04/19/2005 10:15:32 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: RWR8189

"The entire episode became a symbol of Carter's floundering presidency."

Nah.

This [ http://jschumacher.typepad.com/joe/images/vt_hike_03.jpg ] is a much better symbol of Carter's floundering presidency.


9 posted on 04/19/2005 10:15:47 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Let's pull the feeding tube of the American left - Defund NPR/PBS/CBP and the LSC)
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To: Mo1

No, that was ANOTHER killer bunny incident! ; )

P.S: Love the tagline...until we see them do the job we elected them to do, my cash stays right where it is.


10 posted on 04/19/2005 10:16:48 PM PDT by andie74 (Awfully fine cereal flakes you got, Mrs. McDonough.)
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To: RWR8189; eyespysomething

It's just embarrassing that anyone from Georgia - Democrat or not (Sam Nunn, after all, was from Georgia) - would have been frightened by a wittle bunny wabbit. And then he had to say he hadn't actually "smacked" it?! If a bunny wabbit attacked me, it'd have a .40 caliber hollow-point sized hole in between its floppy, cutsy big ears.


11 posted on 04/19/2005 10:16:50 PM PDT by SittinYonder (You can't sing country music with a northeastern twang)
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To: Petronski

Poor rabbit!! Sounds like he was gasping for air and got hit in the head with a paddle. LOL


12 posted on 04/19/2005 10:17:45 PM PDT by cavereric (Its the 99% of Muslims that make the other 1% look bad.)
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To: andie74

LOL!
Thanks for the correction


13 posted on 04/19/2005 10:17:52 PM PDT by Mo1 (Hey GOP ---- Not one Dime till Republicans grow a Spine !!)
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To: RWR8189
At the time, people were suggesting that Carter had finished drinking the last of his brother's "Billy Beer". Remember that Billy Carter actually started a short-lived beer franchise labeled with his name during his brother's presidency?
14 posted on 04/19/2005 10:17:58 PM PDT by xJones (H)
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To: SittinYonder
And then he had to say he hadn't actually "smacked" it?! If a bunny wabbit attacked me, it'd have a .40 caliber hollow-point sized hole in between its floppy, cutsy big ears.

Kill da wabbit, kill da wabbit...

15 posted on 04/19/2005 10:17:59 PM PDT by andie74 (Awfully fine cereal flakes you got, Mrs. McDonough.)
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To: RWR8189

ROFLMAO!!!!!


16 posted on 04/19/2005 10:18:46 PM PDT by Paul_Denton (Get the UN out of the US and US out of the UN!)
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To: RWR8189

Where is Greenpeace when you need them? What I wouldn't give to have seen the Rainbow Warrior moving inbetween the Presidential Dinghy and the rabbit to save the poot creature from the crazed paddle swinging President!


17 posted on 04/19/2005 10:19:42 PM PDT by Smoote
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To: Andy from Beaverton

Oh man, the memories, the memories...priceless. On to the Holy Hand Grenade!


18 posted on 04/19/2005 10:20:58 PM PDT by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

OMG. LOL.


19 posted on 04/19/2005 10:21:27 PM PDT by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: Smoote

The whole PETA, Greenpeace thing escaped me...

Jimmah actually smacked the rabbit? In self defense? He didn't let the thing...uh...gnaw him to death???

Somebody give me a chorus of Kum Ba Yah or something!


20 posted on 04/19/2005 10:22:49 PM PDT by andie74 (Awfully fine cereal flakes you got, Mrs. McDonough.)
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To: RWR8189
Thank you for this VICIOUS post, RWR. :-)

What a TOOL Bucky is.

21 posted on 04/19/2005 10:22:49 PM PDT by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: RWR8189

Check out the:

Super High Definition View

22 posted on 04/19/2005 10:23:51 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: RWR8189

What would have been great, would have been the VICIOUS rabbit doing to Bucky what the badger did to Will Ferrell in SNL on his camping trip. The badger went "up somewhere," when Will tripped and fell. LOL.


23 posted on 04/19/2005 10:26:17 PM PDT by Miss Behave (Beloved daughter of Miss Creant, super sister of danged Miss Ology, and proud mother of Miss Hap.)
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To: xJones

24 posted on 04/19/2005 10:27:27 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mo1
"It was a fairly robust-looking rabbit who was swimming, apparently with no difficulty," the President told reporters while walking through his hometown.

(imagine Jaws theme, gradually increasing in volume)

Next week: Attack of the Killer Bluegill!!!

25 posted on 04/19/2005 10:28:07 PM PDT by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: Plutarch

That is not a rabbit. Look at the rounded ears. Maybe that is a nutria?


26 posted on 04/19/2005 10:29:15 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Sender
That's no ordinary rabbit.......
27 posted on 04/19/2005 10:30:34 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: RWR8189

I was attacked by a rabbit once.......but it was a Volkswagon.

:^)

You people have been great. Don't forget to tip your waitress.


28 posted on 04/19/2005 10:30:43 PM PDT by spinestein
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To: RWR8189

Jimmah and the pesky rabbit. ROTFLMAO .......


29 posted on 04/19/2005 10:31:01 PM PDT by Deetes (Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick)
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To: Andy from Beaverton

I'm too lazy to put in the DVD...relying on memory here (major geek alert, LOL)

"What? Behind the rabbit?"

"It is the rabbit!"

"The rabbit? You scared us half to death over a rabbit? I nearly soiled my armor!"

"I'm telling you, that's no ordinary rabbit. It's a killer! It's got a mean streak a mile wide!"

"You stupid git! Sir (don't remember), go kill it!"

"Right! One dead bunny rabbit coming up!"
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(snarrrrl)....(growwwwwllll)....(CRUNCH!)....(spurt, spurt, spurt!)....(munch, munch, munch)....
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"J**** C*****!"

"I warned you! I told you it was a killer, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, 'it's just a little bunny rabbit!' No, they never listen to Tim! I always warn them..."

"SHUT UP!"


30 posted on 04/19/2005 10:32:39 PM PDT by Windcatcher
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To: Yaelle

Rabbit my butt - that's Amy Carter in the river he's swinging away at. Not that I could blame him you understand.


31 posted on 04/19/2005 10:32:48 PM PDT by Smoote
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To: Sender

Did someone say holy hand grenade?
32 posted on 04/19/2005 10:35:08 PM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: RWR8189

Dangerous Bunny

33 posted on 04/19/2005 10:35:40 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Mo1
Ronald Reagan will go down in History for winning the cold war and the fall of Communism.

George H. W. Bush will be remembered for his leadership in Desert Storm and Liberating Kuwait.

George W. Bush will go down in history for toppling the dictators who supported the export of terrorism and the spread Democracy in the Middle East.

Jimmy Carter will go down in history for allowing our Diplomats to be held hostage in Iran for 444 days, and his near death experience with a Rabbit.

And last but not least.... Bill Clinton will go down in History for the Intern that went down on him and doing absolutely nothing in response to several Terrorist attacks under his watch.

The record of Democrats in power speaks for itself :-)

34 posted on 04/19/2005 10:49:28 PM PDT by MJY1288 ( LIBERALISM IS FOR INVERTEBRATES)
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To: RWR8189

President Carter Attacked by Rabbit

35 posted on 04/19/2005 10:56:11 PM PDT by Daaave (I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.)
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To: RWR8189

36 posted on 04/19/2005 10:57:05 PM PDT by uglybiker (A woman's most powerful weapon is a guy's imagination.)
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To: MJY1288

Funny but I remember the secret service fending the rabbit off from their canoe.


37 posted on 04/19/2005 10:57:47 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Daaave

38 posted on 04/19/2005 11:00:18 PM PDT by Daaave (I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.)
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To: Daaave

Looks like the poor thing is just trying to get across the river.


39 posted on 04/19/2005 11:02:37 PM PDT by Smoote
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To: blam; Zionist Conspirator; Ronaldus Magnus; Centurion2000; Fudd Fan; D-fendr

We were talking about this earlier in the month...


40 posted on 04/19/2005 11:07:38 PM PDT by RWR8189 (Its Morning in America Again!)
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To: RWR8189

ya gotta love it!


41 posted on 04/19/2005 11:09:23 PM PDT by digger48
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To: RWR8189
Today is Wednesday, April 20th, the 110th day of 2005, there are 255 days left in the year.

The Columbine High School massacre was 6 years ago today when two students opened fire killing twelve classmates, a teacher, and themselves; twenty-six others were wounded in the attack.

Vice President Clinton died on April 20, 1812 -- George Clinton was the first American VP to die in office; he was seventy-three years old.

On this date in 1979, US President Jimmy Carter claimed he was attacked by a "killer rabbit" while fishing in a rowboat in Georgia -- this came just two weeks after Carter disclosed that he’d once seen a UFO.

This is the 102nd anniversary of the discovery of radium by Marie and Pierre Curie.

RCA demonstrated the first electron microscope on April 20, 1940.

On this date in 1589, Andrew Battel became the first European to see a gorilla -- he called it "Pongo."

Shirley Temple made her movie debut 71 years ago tonight in a picture called "Stand Up and Cheer."

This is the 58th anniversary of the night radio star Fred Allen was cut off in the middle of his show while making wisecracks about a network vice president.

On April 20, 1961, the FCC granted FM radio stations the right to broadcast in stereo -- that decision led to the "underground radio" movement, which in turn spawned commercial FM radio.

20 years ago today, "Wham!" became the first outside group to sell recordings of its music in China.

"ABC's Wide World of Sports" debuted on this day in 1964 -- the crashing ski-jumper shown during the "agony of defeat" opening segment suffered only a few bruises.
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BIRTHDAYS TODAY: Adolph Hitler in 1889. Ryan O'Neal celebrating his 64th. Carmen Electra is 33. Jessica Lange hits 56. George Takei (Mr. Sulu) turns 65. Early Rocker Johnny Tillotson is 66.

Source: http://www.kinyradio.com/ttc-wed.html

42 posted on 04/19/2005 11:10:19 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it" - Pope John Paul II)
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To: Williams
You are correct... Jimmy Carter didn't even have the spine to fend off a scary Bunny Rabbit. His secret service agents had to come to his rescue from that pesky wittle wabbit.

On a serious note.... I hold Jimmy Carter responsible for the birth of Terrorism as we know it today. If that spineless invertebrate would have issued an ultimatum to the Islamic Fundamentalist in Iran back in 1979 that was backed up by the full force of our Military and the power they project, we would not have had our Marines blown up in Lebanon and the many Terrorists attacks we suffered at the hands of the Islamo-fascist who considered us weak and incapable of responding to their attacks.

Jimmy Carter was a monumental failure, and his unbridled affection for third world Dictators as well as his unconditional endorsement of every fraudulent election that any Tyrannical Dictator could rig is another testament to his Invertebrate classification :-)

43 posted on 04/19/2005 11:22:03 PM PDT by MJY1288 ( LIBERALISM IS FOR INVERTEBRATES)
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To: RWR8189
Swamp Rabbit Order Lagomorpha : Family Leporidae : Sylvilagus aquaticus (Bachman) Image hosted by TinyPic.com O,Lordy, can these critters ever swim. They can drive a pack of Beagles crazy, poor old Jimmah was in real danger! Swampers are the conservative wing of the rabbit family!
44 posted on 04/19/2005 11:58:42 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (Let Me Die on My Feet in the Swamp, BUAIDH NO BAS)
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To: RWR8189

Say what you will about that bunny, but I'd vote for it before Skippy anyday.


45 posted on 04/20/2005 1:31:35 AM PDT by rogue yam
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To: visually_augmented

Ping!


47 posted on 04/20/2005 5:53:48 AM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (Be nice, I'm new here and it's my birthday!)
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To: MJY1288

You are correct, and even before the Ayatollah took over, Carter hated the Shah and helped push him from power. As an immediate reward Carter was humiliated by the extremists and (thankfully) driven from office.


48 posted on 04/20/2005 6:36:02 AM PDT by Williams
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To: uglybiker
Use that pic 'liberally' Biker. It's bound to become a FReeRepublic Classic.

Nam Vet

49 posted on 04/20/2005 6:50:54 AM PDT by Nam Vet (MSM reporters think the MOIST dream they had the night before is a "reliable source".)
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To: Mo1

It says in the 2nd article the, ahem, attack happened in April.


50 posted on 04/20/2005 7:38:28 AM PDT by eyespysomething (hmmm....)
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