Obama balks at bucket, but Bush accepts challenge
Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge. Then he nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.
The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign. The challenge raises money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
In a video posted on Bush's Facebook page, he says: "To you all who challenged me, I do not think it's presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I'm simply going to write you a check."
But here's what happened next.
The video, taken in Kennebunkport, Maine, then shows a smiling Laura Bush, his wife, pouring ice water on him. She says: "That check is from me I didn't want to ruin my hairstyle."
But don't look for anyone to be pouring water over President Barack Obama's head. American presidents, like Bush, may do something unusual for a cause after they have left office. But while he is still president, Obama must maintain the dignity and respect that is part of his job.
After all, he is the sitting president of the United States. The act of pouring water over him might not be a good idea.
The ice bucket dare has raised nearly $42 million to support research into Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease attacks nerve cells and can lead to complete paralysis and death. Average life expectancy is two to five years after diagnosis, according to the ALS Association.
The challenge calls on people to post videos on social media of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads. Or have someone else handle the chilly chore. They also have to publicly name others to do the same thing within 24 hours or donate $100 to the ALS Association. Many people do both.
Obama participated by donating an undisclosed sum of money, the White House said. Singer Justin Bieber nominated Obama to take the challenge.