The President is visiting an elementary school today and he visits one of the 4th grade 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 class in the discussion of the word, “tragedy.” So the President asks the class for an example of a “tragedy”.
One little boy stands up and offers, “If my best friend, who lives next door, is playing in the street and a car comes along and runs him over, that would be a tragedy.”
“No,” says the President, “that would be an accident.”
A little girl raises her hand. “If a school bus carrying 50 children drove off a cliff, killing everyone involved, that would be a tragedy.”
“I’m afraid not” explains the President. “That’s what we would call a GREAT LOSS.”
The room goes silent. No other children volunteer. The President searches the room. “Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?”
Finally, way in the back of the room, little Johnny raises his hand. In a quiet voice he says, “If Air Force One, carrying you and the First Lady, was struck by a missile and blown up to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.”
“Correct,” exclaims the President, “that’s right. And can you tell me WHY that would be a tragedy?”
“Well,” Lil’ Johnny said, “because, like you just told us, it wouldn’t be an accident, and it sure as heck wouldn’t be a great loss.”