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Barak Obama was visiting a primary school and he

visited one of the classes.

They were in the middle of a discussion related to
words and their meanings.

The teacher asked the President if he would like
to lead the discussion on the word "tragedy". So the
illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a

One little boy stood up and offered: "If my best
friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field &
a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a

"No," said Obama, "that would be an accident."

A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus
carrying fifty children drove over a cliff, killing
everyone inside, that would be a tragedy."

"I'm afraid not," explained the President,
"that's what we would call a great loss."

The room went silent. No other children volunteered.
Obama searched the room. "Isn't there someone here who
can give me an example of tragedy?"

Finally, at the back of the room, a small boy raised
his hand...In a quiet voice he said: "If the Air plane
carrying you and Mrs Obama was struck by a "friendly
fire" missile & blown to smithereens, that would be a

"Fantastic!" exclaimed Obama. "That's right. And
can you tell me why that would be tragedy?"

"Well," says the boy "it has to be a tragedy, because
it certainly wouldn't be a great loss and it probably
wouldn't be a fucking accident either!
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