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I'm Jamie, please insert girder
President Bush was visiting a primary school. One of the classes was
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 (sat silent for 7 minutes and then) asked
the class for an example of a "tragedy".
Little Jimmy stood up and offered, "If my best friend, who lives on a
farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs him over and kills
him, that would be a tragedy."

"No," said Bush, "that would be an accident."

Little Suzie 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 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 tragedy?"

Finally at the back of the room little Johnny raised his hand. In a
quiet voice he said: "If Air Force One carrying Mr. 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."


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