Today’s Odd Observation: from swamp rabbits to chickens

Bright green blades of grass with a brown rabbit looking over its shoulder with a flower in its mouth.

Whenever I think of Jimmy Carter, I think of grade school, when our teachers were first encouraged us to think about politics and voting. We had to look at what the candidates stood for and then make arguments for our candidate. Good exercise. I also think about all the political cartoons with coat hangers (because of his wide smile–honestly, smiling is something we could use more of these days). Don’t forget his peanut farm, either. As a child, he was the only real face, of sorts, I had for a farmer.

The attacking rabbit was something I either had forgotten or not heard. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It brought up an interesting hit of nostalgia, to say the least.

So the story goes like this: President Carter was fishing at his farm in Georgia when a rabbit swam up to his row boat and started to “attack” him. In most of the images you can see Carter beginning to raise his oar in a somewhat defense posture. Carter downplayed the incident however, his detractors went to the races with it, making him out to be “weak” because he couldn’t even handle a small and innocent animal such as a rabbit; rabbits don’t swim; etc.

Me? I was fascinated by the story as well as my not remembering. Although I was young when it happened. And let’s face it, the term “swamp rabbit” really tickled me. Of course my curiosity obliged me to stop what I was doing to go down the proverbial rabbit hole 🐇🕳️

Sorry, you know I had to go there. Besides, did you know there was an emoji for “hole”? You’re welcome. I didn’t, but you never know when that will come in handy…

I tried to look for a clear image of the rabbit. The best I came up with was a video showing stills and discussing the situation and subsequent fallout, but there are some close-ups of the rabbit swimming toward President Carter as he was fishing in his boat.

Again, can I reiterate what I love most about this? “Swamp rabbit.”

It reminds of Wallace and Gromit: The curse of the Were-Rabbit, which the boys and I loved.

cute claymation bunnies with bucked teeth standing close together with fruits and vegetables in their hands. Still from Cure of the Were Rabbit.

And if you don’t already know this, these people also produced Chicken Run. Any time I can throw in a chicken, I will. 😂

Good times.

As one of my coaches said to me the other day, love and chickens. So my friends, love and chickens to you and happy observations. 💜 & 🐓🐓🐓

Do you remember the swamp rabbit?

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