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President Bush is visiting an elementary school and drops in on the 4th grade class. The class is 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 Bush asks the class for an example of a "tragedy." "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" says one little boy.

"No," says Bush, "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.

President Bush searches ! "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?" Finally, way in the back of the room, Lil' Johnny raises his hand. In a quiet voice he says, "If Air Force One, carrying you & Mrs. Bush, was struck by a missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy."

"Fantastic," exclaims Bush, "that's right. And can you tell me WHY that would be a tragedy?"

"Well," said Lil' Johnny, "because it wouldn't be an accident, and it sure as hell wouldn't be a great loss."
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