So the illustrious leader asked the class for an example of a tragedy.
One little boy stood up and offered:
If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs over him and kills him, that would be a tragedy.
No, said Bush, that would be an accident.
A little girl raised her hand. If a school bus carrying 50 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 great loss.
The room went silent. No other children volunteered. Bush searched the room. Isn't there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?
Finally at the back of the room a small boy raised his hand...In a quiet voice he said:
If Air Force One carrying you and Mrs. Bush was struck by a friendly fire missile and blown to smithereens, that would be a tragedy.
「假如總統和夫人乘坐Air Force One總統專機，被己方的導彈擊中，炸成肉醬，那真是悲劇了。」
Fantastic! exclaimed Bush. That's right. And can you tell me why that would be a 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 accident either.
小男孩欲言又止：「事件中並沒有 "重大損失" ，又不大會是 "意外"，那一定是 "悲劇" 了。」