An tragedy, and accident, and a great loss

George W. Bush is visiting a primary school and he visits one of theclasses. They are in the middle of a discussion related to words andtheir meanings. The teacher asks the President if he would like tolead the discussion of the word "tragedy."

So the illustrious leader asks the class for an example of a tragedy.One little boy stands up and offers: "If my best friend who lives on afarm, is playing in the field and a runaway tractor comes along andknocks him dead, that would be a tragedy."

"No," says President Bush, "that would be an accident."

A little girl raises her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 childrendrove over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."

"I'm afraid not," explains the exalted leader. "That's what we wouldcall a great loss."

The room goes silent. No other children volunteer. President Bushsearches the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me anexample of a tragedy?"

Finally at the back of the room, little Johnny raises his hand. In aquiet voice he says: "If Air Force One carrying you was struck by amissile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy."

"Fantastic!" exclaims President Bush, "That's right. And can you tellme why that would be a tragedy?"

"Well," says the boy, "because it sure as hell wouldn't be a greatloss and it probably wouldn't be an accident either."

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