Found on An Eclectic Mind and had to share:
George Bush and Dick Cheney, while visiting a primary school class, found themselves in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.
The teacher asked both men if they would like to lead the discussion of the word ‘tragedy.’ So Mr. Cheney asks 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 runaway tractor comes along and knocks him dead, that would be a tragedy.’
‘No,’ said Mr. Cheney, ‘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 Mr. Bush. ‘That’s what we would call a great loss.’
The room goes silent. No other children volunteered.
Mr. Bush searched the room. ‘Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?’
Finally at the back of the room little Johnny raises his hand. In a stern voice he says, ‘If a plane carrying the President and Vice President of the United States were struck by a missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy.’
‘Fantastic!’ exclaimed both men nearly in unison. Mr. Cheney continued ‘That’s right. And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?’
‘Well,’ says little Johnny, ‘because it sure as hell wouldn’t be a great loss, and it probably wouldn’t be an accident either.’