Friday, President Obama visited Mason Crest elementary school in Annandale, Virginia to announce major progress on his ConnectED initiative. Before his remarks, however, he stopped by one of the school’s 2nd Grade classes to chat with students.
In his informal meeting with the young students the President asked them to “Define the word “tragedy”.
One unidentified girl replied, “If my mommy ran over my dog, Bailey, that would be a tragedy!”
The President smiled at the little girl and said, “No, sweetie. That would be an accident! Would anyone else like to give it a try?”
A little boy sitting across the room raised his hand and said, “I know! I know! If our bus driver ran off of a cliff and killed everyone!”
The President shook his head and said, “No son, that would be a great loss! Doesn’t anyone know of a good example of a tragedy?”
Then 7 year old Francine Upton, raised her hand and said, “Well, Mr. President, if you and Michelle were in Air Force One and it was hit by a missile and blown to smithereens, most people would think that that was a tragedy!”
“Very good” he said, “And what was your reason for that answer?”
“Well” she answered, “It would not be an accident and it sure would be no great loss!”