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The President was visiting a grade school the other day and sat in on an English class. To participate in the class, he asked for someone to give him an example of a tragedy.

A little girl named Peggy held up her hand timidly and said, 'If my friend was walking across the street and a car ran over her... well, that would be a tragedy!'

'Well, thank you for trying,' The Prez said. 'That would be what we would call an accident, but not a tragedy. Can anybody else give me an example?'

A little boy named Timmy said, 'If the school bus was full of kids and a truck hit it and killed all the kids that would be a tragedy.'

'Well, that would be what we call a great loss, but it doesn't quite make the tragic category,' the President replied.

About his time little Johnny held up his hand. 'Oh. Oh. I know, I know...' Johnny started. 'If you and the Vice President and all the senators and all the congressmen were having a meeting, and a bomb blew everybody up that would be a tragedy.'

'That's right!' the President exclaimed. 'How did you figure that out?'

'Well,' said Johnny, 'it wouldn't be an accident and it darn sure wouldn't be a great loss!'




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