Subject: what is a tragedy? (grade school)
George Bush was visiting a primary school and he visited one
of the 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
"I'm afraid not," explained the president. "That's what we would
call 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 a small boy 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," said the boy, "It has to be a tragedy, because it
certainly wouldn't be a great loss, and it probably wouldn't be a
fucking accident either!"