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article imageVideo: Bush accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, challenges Clinton

By Greta McClain     Aug 21, 2014 in Internet
Crawford - If you spend any time on social media sites, you have undoubtedly seen a recent flood of videos showing friends, family members, celebrities, athletes and now former presidents getting doused with a bucket of ice water.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was started by 29-year-old Pete Frates. Frates was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in 2012. Since his diagnosis, the former Boston College baseball player has dedicated much of his time to raising awareness of the disease, and helping with fundraising efforts.
The Ice Bucket Challenge is relatively simple. People film themselves having a bucket of ice water poured on them, post the video on social media and challenge friends to do the same. Those challenged can either accept the challenge, make a donation to an ALS Charity of their choice, or some do both.
According to a press release issued today by ALS Association, the challenge has raised nearly $42 million, with over 739,000 new donors making contributions.
Recently, former President George W. Bush was challenged by his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, to participate in the campaign. President Bush names others who have also issued him the challenge, including New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and PGA golfer Rory McIlroy.
In a video posted on YouTube yesterday, the former president says he does not believe its "presidential" to have a bucket of ice water poured over him. Instead he says he will simply be writing a check. Former First Lady Laura Bush has a different idea however, dousing President Bush as he is speaking to the camera.
After drying himself off, President Bush then challenges former President Bill Clinton, saying:
“And now it’s my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton to the A.L.S. challenge. Yesterday was Bill’s birthday, and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”
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