11 Pictures Politicians Wish Were Never Taken

Like Jimmy Carter and the “Killer Rabbit”:

The year was 1979 – not a great one for Jimmy Carter. There was an Energy Crisis and a Crisis of Confidence. And a lesser-known Crisis involving swamp rabbits. From The New York Times: “A ‘killer rabbit’ penetrated Secret Service security and attacked President Carter on a recent trip to Plains, Ga., according to White House staff members who said that the President beat back the animal with a canoe paddle.”

Carter backed off the whole “beat the animal with a paddle” part, explaining that he merely splashed water on the (killer) creature. He ordered a print of the photo, and later an enlargement, to prove his killer rabbit story. “It just played up the Carter flake factor,” Carter biographer Douglas Brinkley recalled. “I mean, he had to deal with Russia and the Ayatollah and here he was supposedly fighting off a rabbit.”