The "Reverend" Jesse Jackson, while visiting a primary school
class, found himself in the middle of a discussion related to words
and their meanings.
The teacher asks the Rev. Jackson if he would like to lead the
discussion on the word "tragedy." So the illustrious leader asks
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 runaway tractor
comes along and knocks him dead, that would be a tragedy.
"No," says the Great Jesse Jackson, "that would be an
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," explains the exalted spiritual leader.
"That's what we would call a great loss."
The room goes silent. No other children volunteer. Rev.
Jackson searches 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 raises his hand.
In a quiet voice he says: "If a plane carrying the Rev.
Jackson were struck by a missile and blown to smithereens
that would be a tragedy."
"Fantastic!" exclaims Jackson, "That's right. And can you
tell me why that would be a tragedy?"
"Well," says the boy, "because it sure wouldn't be
a great loss, and it probably wouldn't be an accident either."
Good one man...
I remember when people were using John Kerry in that joke.