Jimmy Carter rabbit incident

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April 20, 1979 White House photo of Carter and rabbit from the Carter Library

The Jimmy Carter rabbit incident, also known as a "killer rabbit attack" by the press, involved a swamp rabbit that swam toward then–U.S. President Jimmy Carter's fishing boat on April 20, 1979.

The incident became popular in the media after Carter's press secretary, Jody Powell, mentioned the event to a correspondent months later.

President Carter was fishing in his hometown of Plains, Georgia on April 20, 1979, alone in a flat-bottomed boat while staff were on land nearby. Carter said 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".[1]

When Carter returned to his office, his staff did not believe his story, saying rabbits could not swim, or that one would never approach a person threateningly.[2] A White House photographer took a picture of the incident, which was released by a later administration.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Combs, Cody (November 21, 2010). "Jimmy Carter explains 'rabbit attack'". Political Ticker. CNN.com. Archived from the original on 23 November 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. "President Carter and the Killer Rabbit". American Presidents Blog. January 17, 2008. Archived from the original on 15 December 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  3. "President Jimmy Carter and the "killer rabbit"". narsil.org. April 20, 1979. Retrieved August 6, 2015.