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On April 20, 1979, U.S. President Jimmy Carter was allegedly "attacked by a giant swimming rabbit", while solo-fishing on a boat in his hometown. The reality is a little more nuanced: According to Carter, the rabbit had actually been chased into the water by some hounds and swam near his boat. Carter splashed some water on it to compel the rabbit not to come any closer.
Nevertheless, the newspapers ate it up, with respected paper The Washington Post putting the story "President Attacked by Rabbit" on the front page. Since the White House refused to release the photograph, the paper created a cartoon parody of the rabbit, calling it PAWS, in reference to the blockbuster film JAWS, about a killer shark. Carter's opponents used it as fodder for their arguments that Carter's presidency was weak and ineffectual, and basically, the whole thing was blown way out of proportion by the American media, as so often happens with goofy events such as this.
This comic treats the Killer Rabbit attack as a dark day for the United States, and uses the phrase "America Must Never Forget", which usually applies to days like the Pearl Harbor attack or 9/11.
- 1776; Declaration of independence
- 1979; Jimmy carter attacked by giant swimming rabbit
- 2007; Present day
- America must never forget
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I must admit, as a "younger" reader I thought that this was a joke. 22.214.171.124 18:33, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
To add some further "nuance" to this story:
As noted above, at the time of the event the "newspapers ate [the story] up". But to give another perspective on this...
At the time when this story originally broke I was living in a somewhat rural area, and this story was greeted with a shrug by virtually everyone I knew. In short, anyone familiar with being in the woods understands that they should constantly be on the alert for any abnormal behavior by a wild animal since this can be a pretty clear indication of rabies. This is particularly true of any behavior that can interpreted in any way as aggressive --especially such unexpected behavior as a (small) animal moving *towards* a human being.
Needless to say, the described behavior --both swimming and moving towards a human-- is clearly bizarre behavior for an animal like a rabbit. Among my neighbors at the time the fact Carter attempted to distance himself from the rabbit (or indeed any wild animal behaving in a similar manner) was seen simply as common sense practiced by someone like Carter; i.e. an experienced woodsman.
In short the "Killer Rabbit Attack" headlines were seen as evidence those who wrote these stories had never been near the woods in their life.
Arcanechili (talk) 13:25, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Well, also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nvs5pqf-DMA 126.96.36.199