What's the Definition of Tragedy?

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President Bill Clinton was visiting an elementary school today and when
he visited one of the classes (4th grade I believe), 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 class in
the discussion of the word, "tragedy." So our 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, was playing in the street and a car came along and ran over him,
that would be a tragedy."

"No," says Clinton, "that would be an accident."

A little girl raises her hand. "If a school bus carrying fifty children
drove off a cliff, killing everyone involved, that would be a tragedy."

"I'm afraid not," explains Mr. President. "That's what we would call a

The room goes silent. No other children volunteer. President Clinton
searches the room. "Isn't there someone here who can give me an example
of a tragedy?"

Finally, way in the back of the room, little Johnny 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, "that's right. And can you tell me WHY
that would be a tragedy?"

"Well," says little Johnny, "because it wouldn't be an accident, and it
sure as Hell would be no great loss!"

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