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Jimmy and the Swamp Rabbit

1.2.1.4.1/4/2.4.2.1.2/4 +piano / 4 minutes

On April 20, 1979, U.S. president Jimmy Carter went on a solo fishing expedition in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. While fishing, a rabbit approached his boat, “hissing menacingly, its teeth flashing and nostrils flared and making straight for the president,” trying desperately to enter the boat, prompting Carter to flail at the swimming creature with his oars. The story “President Attacked by Rabbit” was carried across America via the front page of The Washington Post, though the White House's refusal to release photographs of the incident resulted in the newspaper using a cartoon parody.

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Recording: CMU New Music Ensemble; Drew Shankles, conductor

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