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FLASHBACK:Jimmy Carter Attacked by Killer Rabbit (April 20, 1979
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Posted on 08/29/2003 3:03:45 PM PDT by NC Conservative

Today 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. The 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 symbol 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.


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KEYWORDS: carterrabbit; jimmycarter
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I saw this on I Love the 70's on VH1 and did more research. I did not believe it at first.
1 posted on 08/29/2003 3:03:47 PM PDT by NC Conservative
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To: NC Conservative
Run away!
Run away!
2 posted on 08/29/2003 3:06:19 PM PDT by baltodog
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To: NC Conservative
MONTY PYTHON HOLY GRAIL BUMP!
3 posted on 08/29/2003 3:07:58 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Serving You... on Operation Noble Eagle!)
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To: NC Conservative
Never send in a bunny to do a professional hitman's job. :)
4 posted on 08/29/2003 3:11:02 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("The Clintons have damaged our country. They have done it together, in unison." -- Peggy Noonan)
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To: NC Conservative
"...And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff..."
5 posted on 08/29/2003 3:12:07 PM PDT by TrebleRebel
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To: NC Conservative
LOL, an oldie but goodie. Wasn't there a picture? I hope someone can find it.
6 posted on 08/29/2003 3:13:18 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: Badabing Badaboom
Monty Python ping
7 posted on 08/29/2003 3:13:37 PM PDT by TrebleRebel
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To: NC Conservative
Better than the pack of wild dogs which attacked Ross Perot
8 posted on 08/29/2003 3:13:50 PM PDT by ambrose (If You're Not Outraged, You're Not Paying Attention...)
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To: NC Conservative

9 posted on 08/29/2003 3:17:00 PM PDT by FroedrickVonFreepenstein
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To: JeanS
I've been looking for that picture forever, but I think all traces have been wiped off the internet. SOMEBODY has to have an old newspaper clipping they can scan!!!
10 posted on 08/29/2003 3:17:23 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: T Minus Four
I was just looking too. I can't find it. The new sources that published this no longer have the picture available although the articles are still there.
11 posted on 08/29/2003 3:19:39 PM PDT by Jean S
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To: NC Conservative
"Carter told his staff about the furry amphibian's assault"


I didn't do too well in biology in school, but I think I can remember that a rabbit is not an amphibian. I can see why Carter has failed at almost everything he has touched.
12 posted on 08/29/2003 3:23:43 PM PDT by Redwood71
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To: NC Conservative

13 posted on 08/29/2003 3:23:59 PM PDT by 4mycountry (You say I'm a brat like it's a bad thing.)
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To: NC Conservative
President Carter was forced to swat at the vicious beast with a canoe paddle

Never bring a canoe paddle to a rabbit fight.

14 posted on 08/29/2003 3:26:46 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: NC Conservative
I praise God Jimmy Carter left the Southern Baptists. Now hope Slick Willie follows him out.
15 posted on 08/29/2003 3:31:00 PM PDT by tame (If I must be the victim of a criminal, please let it be Catwoman! Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!)
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To: tame
Did Jimma join with the Episcopalians??? Their anti everything beliefs fits Jimmas master plan of appeasing everyone.
16 posted on 08/29/2003 3:35:22 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: Porterville
Did Jimma join with the Episcopalians???

He belongs with them, that's for sure!

17 posted on 08/29/2003 3:37:11 PM PDT by tame (If I must be the victim of a criminal, please let it be Catwoman! Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!)
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To: NC Conservative
Some good ole boys having fun with a remote controlled swimming rabbit?
18 posted on 08/29/2003 3:38:19 PM PDT by TBall
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To: Porterville
BTW, why did you leave the God's chosen valley for San Luis? I'm from Fresno. WHat were your other screen names?
19 posted on 08/29/2003 3:39:26 PM PDT by tame (If I must be the victim of a criminal, please let it be Catwoman! Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!)
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To: NC Conservative
Kill the wabbit Kill the wabbit Kill the wabbit Kill the wabbit ...
20 posted on 08/29/2003 3:40:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TBall
Swamp rabbits

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To avoid predation, these rabbits flee in a zig-zag pattern. They can reach speeds of up to 48 mph. They also are good swimmers, and they are known to hide from enemies by lying motionless underwater with only their nose clearing the surface of the water.

(from a University of Michigan website)
21 posted on 08/29/2003 3:40:50 PM PDT by Howie
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To: T Minus Four
Go to your library and pull up Time Magazine from June 29, 1981, U.S. Edition.
22 posted on 08/29/2003 3:41:41 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (It's time for Arnold to stop splitting the Republican vote and step aside for the good of the party)
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To: ElkGroveDan
(It's time for Arnold to stop splitting the Republican vote and step aside for the good of the party)

I Love tht tagline :o)

23 posted on 08/29/2003 3:42:55 PM PDT by tame (If I must be the victim of a criminal, please let it be Catwoman! Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!)
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To: NC Conservative
It might have been a Jackalope. They are ferocious.
24 posted on 08/29/2003 3:53:18 PM PDT by microgood (They will all die......most of them.)
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To: NC Conservative
Actually, lost in the translation from Peanutfarmer to English was the fact that it was actually Lorena Bobbit, not a rabbit.
25 posted on 08/29/2003 3:57:05 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Welcome to the Iraq Roach Motel - Islamofascists check in, but they don't check out!)
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To: NC Conservative
Leave it to carter to get his ass beat by the easter bunny. No wonder they waited for the Gipper's inoguration to release the hostages
26 posted on 08/29/2003 3:57:08 PM PDT by Squat830 (Reality has a conservative bias)
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To: NC Conservative
I once heard an interview with Carter in which he was asked if it was true that he had been attacked by a rabbit. He said that it wasn't true but he couldn't very well have a press conference and say: "I wasn't attacked by a rabbit". It seems like this story might have just been something that fit in with Carter's weak image during his term. As I recall this interview was in connection with a book Carter had written about his experiences outdoors. So it appears that he is not someone who is unfamiliar with or afraid of wildlife in general.

I notice that there is no source or author listed on this article. If you post the picture (undoctored) that is claimed to exist of the rabbit attacking Carter, it might make the story more believable.

27 posted on 08/29/2003 3:57:15 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: tame
manfromlamancha and an abreviation of my name... I left God's valley for the coast, to many corrupt everything in the valley, it has a corrupting force that brings out the worst in me... that being women of low character and beer... always a bad combo.
28 posted on 08/29/2003 4:01:50 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: NC Conservative
Look at the BONES........!
29 posted on 08/29/2003 4:03:23 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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To: tame
Besides, summer gets way too hot for me after knowing what summer by the coast is like... 115 degrees in the shade??? No way, not after living near Pismo. I'd rather be a poor man on the Central Coast, than a rich man in Montana.
30 posted on 08/29/2003 4:06:05 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: Porterville
The valley has sooooo many women of beautiful character...beautiful everything for that matter :o)
31 posted on 08/29/2003 4:08:21 PM PDT by tame (If I must be the victim of a criminal, please let it be Catwoman! Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!)
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To: JeanS
Is this it?

Got it here from an old PhilDragoo post.

32 posted on 08/29/2003 4:12:05 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: NC Conservative
Wasn't there a killer rabbit scene in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"?
33 posted on 08/29/2003 4:16:02 PM PDT by vrwconspiracist
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To: Old Sarge
And the Lord spake, saying, 'First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, nor either count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.'
34 posted on 08/29/2003 4:18:41 PM PDT by LibKill (Heaven frowns on all things french, and democrat, AND ESPECIALLY CAT.)
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To: tame
1. That is true, very many women of beautiful character too, but their seems to be a dark force in Porterville like a cosmic black hole that just pulls myself and everyone I ever grew up with into a infinitely crushing force that stretches our souls beyond measure to a thin chord of lifeless roofing pitch.... like a puddle of Budweiser on that spills onto the rocks on the way to a jet ski financed at 15% towed to the lake in a large jacked up F-150 financed at 12%, rising from a rusty, broken lawn chair over looking highway 190 and Lake Success, Porterville will leave you, muddied, soiled, and fizzless, begging to get to Visalia (of all places) on the weekend...
35 posted on 08/29/2003 4:22:41 PM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes.... get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: FroedrickVonFreepenstein
Ah, my favorite Easter movie!
36 posted on 08/29/2003 4:54:36 PM PDT by Reverend Bob (Emoticons are for people that can't handle irony.)
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To: dfwgator

37 posted on 08/29/2003 5:01:16 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Serving You... on Operation Noble Eagle!)
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To: Old Sarge
Kill the wabbit?
38 posted on 08/29/2003 5:07:12 PM PDT by LibKill (Heaven frowns on all things french, and democrat, AND ESPECIALLY CAT.)
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To: LibKill
How's this, for a more rememberable scene?


39 posted on 08/29/2003 5:11:39 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Serving You... on Operation Noble Eagle!)
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To: Old Sarge
The funniest thing Bugs and Elmer ever did was that hillarious send-up of "The Barber of Seville".

I wish I had it on disc.

40 posted on 08/29/2003 5:18:19 PM PDT by LibKill (Heaven frowns on all things french, and democrat, AND ESPECIALLY CAT.)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Oh yeah, I'm there, as soon as it opens in the am! Thanks, Dan!
41 posted on 08/29/2003 7:44:47 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: pacman50
This would make a good Tattoo for you!


42 posted on 08/29/2003 7:48:22 PM PDT by cmsgop (If you Sprinkle When You Tinkle,...Be a Sweetie and Wipe the Seatie......)
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To: Mat_Helm

What does 'e do? Nibble your bum?! Manky Scotch git!


43 posted on 02/04/2005 9:37:05 PM PST by dr_who_2
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To: NC Conservative

Damn. I turned THREE YEARS OLD on the DAY Carter got attacked by a bunny!


44 posted on 02/04/2005 9:38:24 PM PST by Clemenza (I Am Here to Chew Bubblegum and Kick Ass, and I'm ALL OUT OF BUBBLEGUM!)
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To: NC Conservative

45 posted on 02/04/2005 10:09:11 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Liberalism is the disease - and Free Republic's the cure)
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To: JeanS

The following address will bring you to the photograph.
Its also available from the Jimmy Carter Library.
http://www.narsil.org/politics/carter/killer_rabbit.html#photo


46 posted on 04/11/2005 4:09:20 PM PDT by Aloha7
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To: T Minus Four; Jean S; LibWhacker
There's a hi-res pic in this old FR article
47 posted on 04/05/2009 8:54:44 PM PDT by skeptoid (AA, UE, MBS [with oak leaf clusters])
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To: Aloha7

File not found


48 posted on 04/05/2009 8:55:46 PM PDT by skeptoid (AA, UE, MBS [with oak leaf clusters])
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To: NC Conservative
Where? Behind the rabbit?
49 posted on 04/05/2009 9:12:30 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: skeptoid

Bwaaahaaahaaa! Got ‘em both saved :-) You have a long memory my friend.


50 posted on 04/06/2009 6:30:49 AM PDT by T Minus Four ( Alleluia, my God lives!)
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