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Last Laugh! Accident, Great Loss or Tragedy?

Patrick Townson (
Wed, 16 May 2007 01:02:45 -0500

George W. Bush is visiting a primary school and he visits one of the
classes. They are in the middle of a discussion related to words and
their meanings. The teacher asks the President if he would like to
lead 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 a
farm, is playing in the field and a runaway tractor comes along and
knocks 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 children
drove over a cliff!, killing everyone inside, that would be a
tragedy." "I'm afraid not," explains the exalted leader. "That's what
we would call a great loss."

The room goes silent. No other children volunteer. President Bush
searches 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
raises his hand. In a quiet voice he says: "If Air Force One carrying
you was struck by a missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a
tragedy." "Fantastic!" exclaims President Bush, That's right. And can
you tell me why that would be a tragedy?"

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

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