HOW A KILLER RABBIT CHANGED PRESIDENTIAL PR

 A 1979 cartoon caricatures President Jimmy Carter fending off a "killer rabbit."   Image via wnyc.org. 

A 1979 cartoon caricatures President Jimmy Carter fending off a "killer rabbit."   Image via wnyc.org. 

Of all the anniversaries we observe in 2014 - the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the 40th anniversary of President Nixon's resignation - one odd anniversary should not be overlooked.  Thirty-five years ago this summer, President Jimmy Carter - armed with the oar of a rowboat - fended off a so-called "killer rabbit" while vacationing in Georgia.

The 1979 incident, captured by a White House photographer in April of that year but not made public until August, "changed the presidency," claims this audio retrospective.  While Watergate showed a chief executive losing control of his narrative in a constitutional crisis, "Rabbitgate" demonstrated the same could happen when the incident was trivial but symbolic.  "[It] crystallized an emerging sense that Carter was a man in over his head."  Courtesy WNYC News.

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