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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bush' Definition of Tragedy

President Bush was visiting a primary school.

One class he visited was in the middle of discussing words and their meaning. 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 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 and 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 it would be a tragedy?

"Well said the boy, " It had to be a tragedy, because it certainly wouldn't be a great loss and it probably wouldn't be an accident either.