Bill Clinton is visiting a school. In one class, he asks the students
if anyone can 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 a cliff, killing everyone involved... that would be
"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 any one here who can give me
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 & 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 would be no great loss!"