It was a real rabbit that swam at him when he was in a rowboat. An aide told the story, it grew like legend, and because Carter was beset by other problems like a lousy economy and Middle East foreign policy crises (sound familiar?), he became a laughingstock as the president cringing before an angry rabbit.

That’s how Killer Rabbits devour a presidency.

Of course, it doesn’t start with a rabbit. It starts with media attitude. For a long time on the right and just lately on the left, Obama has been criticized for golfing rather than governing.

The worst example was that impassioned speech Obama gave about the beheading of American James Foley by the Islamic State terrorist group.