A Tragedy


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Nov 10, 2004
President Bush was visiting a school.
The children were in the middle of a discussion relating to words and their meanings.
The teacher asked the President if he would like to lead the discussion on the word 'tragedy'.
So the illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a tragedy.
One boy stood up and offered, "If my best friend who lives on a farm is playing in the field and a tractor runs over him that would be a tragedy".
"No", said Bush, "that would be an accident".
A girl raised her hand, "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, that would be a tragedy'.
"No", said Bush, "that would be a great loss".
The room went silent.
No other children volunteered.
Bush searched the room, "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"
Finally, at the back of the room little Johnny raised his hand,
"If Airforce One carrying you and Mrs. Bush was struck by a 'friendly fire' missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy".
"Fantastic!" exclaimed Bush,
"that's right. And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?"
"Well", says little Johnny.
"It has to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss
and it probably wouldn't be an accident either."