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classes. They were in the middle of a discussion related 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 little 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 and kills him
that would be a tragedy."
"No," said Bush, "that would be an accident."
A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove
over a cliff, killing everyone inside, that would be a tragedy.
"I'm afraid not," explained the president. "That's what we would call a
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 Lil Johnny raised his hand. In a quiet voice he said: "If Air Force 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 tragedy?"
"Well," says Lil Johnny, "It has to be a tragedy, because it sure as hell
wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be an accident either."
<point south and *snicker*>
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