Dubya got drenched! George W. Bush accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — with the assistance of his wife, former First Lady Laura, on Wednesday, Aug. 20.
The 43rd President of the United States of America, 68, took part in the viral campaign to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, after his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent on the Today show, called out her father to take the plunge.
“To you all that challenged me, I do not think it’s presidential for me to be splashed with ice water,” Bush said in a video clip. Like President Barack Obama, he also wanted to donate money rather than take part in the ceremonial dumping of freezing water over his head. “I’m simply going to write you a check.”
Then, former first lady Laura poured the contents of ice cold water over his unsuspecting head.
Drenched, Bush number two then challenged another former leader of the free world to join the effort. “Now it’s my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton to the ALS challenge,” Bush said of his predecessor. “Yesterday was Bill’s birthday and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”
As of Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $31.5 million in donations to The ALS Association, compared to the $1.9 million raised during the same time frame in 2013 (from Jul. 29 to Aug. 20). Numerous celebrities have also joined the effort, including Ben Affleck (with the help of his wife, Jen Garner), Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Tom Cruise, Zoe Saldana, and many more.
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