The Jimmy Carter rabbit incident
, dubbed the "killer rabbit" attack by the media, involved a Swamp Rabbit
that caught press imagination after swimming toward 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
. According to the former president, a rabbit being chased by hounds "jumped in the water and swam toward my boat. When he got almost there, I splashed some water with a paddle."
Upon returning to his office, Carter's staff did not believe his story, insisting that rabbits couldn't swim, or that they would never approach a person threateningly.
Media accounts and public perception
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. The White House still refused to release the... Read More