On April 20, 1979, Jimmy Carter, while fishing alone in his Georgian hometown, was aggressively pursued by a swamp bunny.
Yes the story is true, and the end of the attack is pictured below:
The incident was pictured by a White House Photographer and accidentally released to the press by Carter’s Press Secretary Jody Powell. Nearing the end of his campaign, his attack by a seemingly innocuous animal, was used by his opposition as a sign that his career as president was over.
Powell described the media response in his 1986 book The Other Side of the Story:
It was a nightmare. The story ran for more than a week. The President was repeatedly asked to explain his behavior at town hall meetings, press conferences, and meetings with editors.
There was talk of a suit under the Freedom of Information Act to force release of the picture showing the President, paddle and rabbit in close proximity.
Aaaaah. Murderous Rabbits, how you amuse me.