Columnist John Kass, the only good reason to ever read the Chicago Tribune, speculates that Obama is ready for his “Killer Rabbit” moment.
Anyone who thinks Obama is safe from a rabbit attack has forgotten what happened to President Jimmy Carter In 1979. Carter was attacked by a swimming rabbit, and the subsequent “Killer Rabbit” stories helped destroy his presidency. It led to the election of Republican Ronald Reagan in a landslide and an unprecedented economic revival.
There are eerie similarities. Like Obama, Carter was at that point where he was constantly viewed as weak and ineffectual. His fellow Democrats had lost patience with him. Liberal writers who once fawned on him had turned against him.
And like Obama, Carter foolishly left the White House for a “vacation.” Carter went home to Georgia for some fishing. Once his canoe hit the water of a pond, a terrible thing happened. A rabbit swam near with anger in its eyes.
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Kass, as usual, is on to something. It is a small step for a President presiding over a bad economy to go from merely unpopular to being a figure of ridicule. Often times it is something fairly trivial, like the killer rabbit story, but it crystalizes the deep disatisfaction felt by the American people whenever a President is in trouble in regard to national prosperity which is almost always in American history the key voting issue.
Most opinion polls show that most of the voters still like Obama personally. When that changes he is a goner politically.