|Bill Clinton is visiting a school. In one class, he asks the students if anyone could give him an example of a "tragedy."|
One little boy stands up and offers "If my best friend who lives next door was playing in the street when a car came along and killed him, that would be a tragedy."
"No," Clinton says, "that would be an ACCIDENT."
A girl raises her hand. "If a school bus carrying fifty children drove off cliff, killing everyone involved ... that would be a tragedy."
"I m afraid not," explains Clinton.
"That is what we would call a GREAT LOSS."
The room is silent; none of the other children volunteer.
"What ?" asks Clinton, "Isn`t there anyone who can give an example of a tragedy?"
Finally a boy in the back raises his hand. In a timid voice, he says: "If an airplane carrying Bill and Hillary Clinton were blown up by a bomb, THAT would be a tragedy."
"Wonderful! " Clinton beams. "Marvelous! 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!"