13
Apr

Bill Clinton in the classroom

Former President Bill Clinton is visiting an elementary school and he visits one of the classes (4th grade I believe). They are in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings. The teacher asks Mr. Clinton if he would like to lead the class in the discussion of the word, tragedy. So the illustrious leader 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 Clinton, 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.

Im afraid not, explains Clinton. Thats what we would call a GREAT LOSS.

The room goes silent. No other children volunteer. searches the room. Isnt there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?

Finally, way in the back of the room, a small boy raises his hand. In a quiet voice he says, If Air Force One, carrying Mr. & Mrs. Clinton, was struck by a missile and blown up to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.

Fantastic, exclaims Clinton, thats right. And can you tell me WHY that would be a tragedy?

Well, says the boy, because it wouldnt be an accident, and it certainly would be no great loss.

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