A Real Tragedy
President G.W.Bush is visiting an elementary school one day and he visits one of its classrooms.The children are in the middle of a discussion that involves words and their meanings. The teacher asks the president if he would like to lead the class in understanding the meaning of the word ‘tragedy’.So the illustrious leader asks the class for an example of a tragedy.
One lad stands up and offers,“If my best friend who lives next door is playing in the street when a car comes along and runs him over, that would be a tragedy.”
“No, that would be an accident.“says Bush.
A little girl raises her hand.“If a school bus carrying 50 children drove over a cliff, killing everyone involved, that would be a tragedy.”
“I’m afraid not,” explains Mr President.“That’s what we would call a great loss.”
The room falls silent. No other children volunteer to answer the president who looks around the classroom.“Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?”
Finally, way at the back of the room, a small boy raises his hand. In a quiet voice he says,“If Air Force One, carrying Mr. and Mrs. Bush, was struck by a missile and blown to smithereens by a terrorist like Osama bin Laden, that would be a tragedy.”
“Fantastic!“exclaims Bush.“That’s right. And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?”
“Well,” says the boy,“because it wouldn’t be an accident, and it certainly wouldn’t be a great loss.”
The following bit of humour has no Christmas message but it fits my mood of relief that the sitting President of the US is almost at the end of his disastrous Presidency: