“I’m simply going to write you a check,” Bush declared, moments before Laura Bush emptied a white laundry bucket over his head.
After he recovered from the frosty deluge, he called for his White House predecessor to step up to the bucket.
“Now it’s my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton to the ALS challenge. Yesterday was Bill’s birthday and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”
President Clinton’s team did not respond to a request for comment.
Later Wednesday morning, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) also took part in the effort, at the urging of his friends at the Second Baptist Church in Houston.
Laura Bush emptied a white laundry bucket over her husband's head to raise money for ALS research. Now the 43rd President wants Bill Clinton to join him, after President Obama refrained from taking part and chose instead to write a check.
George W. Bush took a chilly one for charity.
With the help of his wife and daughter, W. was doused with ice water to raise money for ALS research and now he wants Bill Clinton wants follow suit.
Bush’s daughter, “Today” show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, staged the stunt with her mom, Laura Bush, giving Bush an icy baptism on the NBC show Wednesday morning.
But the shower came after the President’s initial protest.
“To you all that challenged me, I do not think it’ s presidential for me to be splashed with ice water,” he said, after President Obama opted out of participating in the viral effort even after the Kennedy clan called on him to take part.
“His contribution to this effort will be monetary,” the White House said of Obama on Aug. 13.
I was surprised and impressed (but, in retrospect, shouldn' have been) that Stephen Hawking is on the list. But my favorite part of the list is the non-human section:
C Cookie Monster H Hooper, Detroit Pistons mascot K Kermit the Frog Kumamon (mascot) O Annoying Orange R R2-D2 S Sam the Minuteman, UMass Amherst mascot  Samsung Galaxy S5 Homer Simpson
I keep thinking I need to make a donation without doing the challenge but I haven't yet. Maybe this will.be my motivation.
I remember reading somewhere that the ice bucket challenge was designed to give people the sensation of nerve pain, a symptom of ALS, but the celebrity storm that was last summer's ice bucket challenge brigade seemed to lose its definition. I guess it doesn't matter if it ultimately raised money for ALS research.
I don't know if I'd do the freezing water, frankly, no matter what cause. I can't stand cold. I would not do too well in Canada! - Q. Gen.
You really need to visit here in the summer! Banff, Jasper, Calgary Stampede, Crowsnest pass. If you decide to come up let me know.
It was so hot this year we stayed inside most of the time. Our homes are designed with lots of insulation and high efficiency furnaces to keep us warm in the winter, and our clothes are heavier than what you wear down there.
I would not do the ice bucket challenge. That is not for the faint heart and no I don’ t like cold either. So, we are going on a Caribbean cruise on November and may go somewhere in the new year. We can always go to Phoenix and spend time. The exchange rate as it is now is not conducive to travelling in the US.
I remember that plane crash well. Horrendous. People are dying at Harrison Lake in BC because the water is so cold It is Glacial water! and I guess people just hop in!
Everyone was doing the ALS challenge last summer and it raised millions for ALS. The challenge was take the bucket of ice water or contribute so there were lots of people who would rather pay than take the bucket.
This was easy, although I admit to not immediately recognizing the grisle-haired man in the pic clipped from the video www.today.com/news/president-bush...But "ice bucket" reveals all.
ALS ...first came to public notice via sufferer Lou Gehrig, but the person most identified with it today surely has to be Stephen Hawking in the UK (whose three children took the challenge).
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I almost gave up because I couldn't figure out whothe man was (my guesses didn't garner any hits on Google). Then I decided to try a generic "ice bucket challenge man in black t-shirt" but that didn't seem to work either. Just before quitting, I looked one page fartherdown on the google results, and spied yourpic: www.express.co.uk/news/world/501603/...
Corey Griffin, 27, had helped the campaign become an internet sensation after watching his friend Peter Frates struggle with motor neurone disease.
On Friday night, Mr Griffin had called his father to share his joy over the astonishing amount raised by the social media campaign.
But, tragically, just hours later on Saturday, Mr Griffin died after diving into the ocean from a building on Straight Wharf in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
His father, Robert Griffin, told The Boston Globe: "He was the happiest guy in the world.
"He called me… and told me he was in paradise."
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began in America and has since seen celebrities from across the world soaked with ice cold buckets of water to raise money for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association.
Corey's father said his son was tortured by his Mr Frates' ordeal with the disease and had urged him to come visit his friend during their call.
“He was so happy to be able to help him," Mr Griffin added.
"He cared about everybody else. He will be missed."
Paying tribute to his "good friend" on his Facebook page on Sunday, Mr Frates wrote: "Team FrateTrain lost a good friend today, Corey Griffin.
"Helping out was nothing new for Griff. He held his own event for me back in 2012, just a few months after diagnosis. We texted everyday, planning and scheming ways to raise funds and plan events.
"He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS."
Described as a "fun-loving, athletic, and generous young man", Mr Griffin leaves behind his younger brother Michael, 25, and his sister, Casey, 23.
According to police officials, an off-duty Nantucket lifeguard, Colin Perry - who happened to be working nearby - made several rescue dives and recovered Mr Griffin from the bottom of the harbour.
Despite resuscitation attempts, Mr Griffin was pronounced dead at Nantucket Cottage Hospital at 3am on Saturday.
Mr Griffin was instrumental behind the charity challenge, which has seen celebrities including David Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Simon Cowell take part in the ice cold deed.
Former US president George W. Bush became the latest to take a soaking today.
Despite saying he didn't think it was "presidential" and instead, would prefer to write a cheque, the former First Lady Laura Bush changed that plan.
In a video posted on Mr Bush's Facebook page, Mrs Bush excitedly dowses her husband in ice cold water, before saying: “That cheque is for me. I don’t want to ruin my hairstyle."
Nominated by his daughter, NBC news correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, and golfer Rory McIlroy, Mr Bush then made his very own nominations.
"It’s my privilege to challenge my friend, Bill Clinton, to the ALS challenge," he said.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, made popular in the U.S. in June, has raised $22.9 million so far for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Scores of celebrities, including Rob Ford, Bill Gates and multiple Hollywood stars, have also taken the challenge.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz takes the challenge.
The date is August 20, 2014, or at least that is the date the video went out on the NBC Today show. From the interview that day with Jenna Bush Hager at www.today. com/news/president-bush-accepts it sounds as though the bucketing occurred somewhere in the previous week.
The Today show goes out in the morning but from the shadows in the clip of the Bushes, it does not look as though it was shot particularly early in the day (and if you had to do it, you'd surely choose a warm part of the day). Nor does the Today show appear to be running a "live" shoot of the occasion.
So I reckon the date is somewhere between August 13 (when President Obama decided to send a check instead, an example that George W tried to follow) and August 20, 2014 when the video was aired. But contrary to that, and in support of the August 20 date, are the lines at the above site saying:
"After he recovered from the frosty deluge, he called for his White House predecessor to step up to the bucket.
'Now it’s my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton to the ALS challenge. Yesterday was Bill’s birthday and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.'"
Clinton's birthday is August 19.
That kind of leaves us with an anachronism. How could Bush be dowsed that early in the morning and then get it all edited for TV in time for that program? My guess is that he may have just said it was Clinton's birthday the day before, knowing the clip would be aired on August 20. I am suspicious about Bush not knowing what was going to happen, too. It just seems too set-up. - Q. Gen.
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I am reminded of Florida Flight 90 that crashed into the Potomac River in Jan 1982 There were a couple of guys who jumped in and tried to save some of the survivors. I have always asked my self if I could do that. I don't know. You never know what you will do until you are in an emergency like that.inded of Florida Flight 90 that crashed into the Potomac River in Jan 1982 There were a couple of guys who jumped in and tried to save some of the survivors. I have always asked my self if I could do that. I don't know. You never know what you will do until you are in an emergency like that. - Q. Gen
I hear you about the freezing water, but I think when we are in life and death situations our adrenaline kicks in and we are not necessarily thinking things through as we would under normal circumstances. I also think that when our adrenaline is pumping at full capacity we are unable to feel anything and that might include extreme hot or freezing cold. We simply throw ourselves into whatever the situation may be and realize later how risky an action we took might have been (if we're lucky). Unfortunately, Arland D. Williams Jr. was not that lucky, he succumbed to the freezing water - poor guy! He was a great man who helped complete strangers in their time of need; when they were most vulnerable, and he did it without question. One can easily judge the measure of a man by the way he treats the least of his brothers and Arland Williams was off the scales in my book due to his profound love of humanity!
So true. And of course the adrenaline of a rescue attempt would not let you feel the cold for awhile. I like the cold, but not ice water on my whole body!
I remember that well too. My Sister and Brother in law lived up there and we were fearful for them for a few hours. Who knows how we would react. You would definitely be risking your life to save another.
We lived in D.C. at that time. That was a very odd and disturbing day. We did some work at the time for a company that had seven of its executives on that plane, and the company was never the same.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014. In the US, many people participate for the ALS Association, and in the UK, many people participate for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, although some individuals have opted to donate their money from the Ice Bucket Challenge to other organizations.
The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.
On 1 August 2015, the ALS Association re-introduced the Ice Bucket Challenge for 2015 to raise further funds with the intention of establishing it as an annual occurrence.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a successful campaign. Its combination of competitiveness, social media pressure, online narcissism, and low barriers to entry have led to more than 2.4 million tagged videos circulating Facebook. Even though 40– 50% of the new donors are likely to make one-time gifts only, the Challenge instigated large numbers of people, videos, and donations. The challenge also benefits from a unique balance of mass interest and individual identification. In using social media as its platform, it accessed many people worldwide; in having its participants individually identify potential candidates – calling them out by “tagging” them – it felt personal. Furthermore, the videos are often entertaining. Some celebrities have indulged in longer videos to name-drop, show off their vacations, their homes, their humility, and some even advocate for their own organizations. The average participants keep their videos under a minute, requiring limited commitment from any viewers. Another concept the Challenge benefited from is its ripple effect, inspiring features for articles, such as The Guardian 's "10 More of the Best Celebrity Takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge." Despite its marketing success, critics suggest that the ease of repeating the challenge's spiel do not increase awareness of what the disease actually does and who it is so harmful to.
The success of the challenge prompted the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which also raises funds to combat ALS, to discontinue its long-running annual telethon, the MDA Show of Strength, after the 2014 edition, stating that the Ice Bucket Challenge prompted the MDA to reevaluate how it can connect with the public.
Within 24 hours of being challenged, participants must record a video of themselves in continuous footage. First, they are to announce their acceptance of the challenge followed by pouring ice into a bucket of water. Then, the bucket is to be lifted and poured over the participant's head. Then the participant can nominate a minimum of three other people to participate in the challenge.
Whether people choose to donate, perform the challenge, or do both varies.
In one version of the challenge, the participant is expected to donate $10 if they have poured the ice water over their head or donate $100 if they have not. In a UK version, people who perform the challenge donate £3 and those who do not perform it pay £10. In another version, dumping the ice water over the participant's head is done in lieu of any donation, which has led to some criticisms of the challenge being a form of "slacktivism". Many participants donate $100 in addition to doing the challenge. Supporting personal causes
Some participants who performed the challenge have donated to charities of their choice. This version, while not widely practiced, is generally accepted as a challenge success.
In mid-2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media, particularly in the United States, with people, celebrities, politicians and athletes posting videos of themselves online and on TV participating in the event. According to The New York Times, people shared more than 1.2 million videos on Facebook between June 1 and August 13 and mentioned the phenomenon more than 2.2 million times on Twitter between July 29 and August 17. Mashable called the phenomenon "the Harlem Shake of the summer".
Prior to the challenge, public awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was relatively limited; the ALS Association stated that prior to the challenge going viral only half of Americans had heard of the disease, often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease", after the famous baseball player Lou Gehrig, who publicly revealed his diagnosis in 1939.
After the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media, public awareness and charitable donations to ALS charities soared. Hits to the English Wikipedia's article on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis grew from an average of 163,300 views per month to 2.89 million views in August 2014, and similar increases occurred in the Spanish and German Wikipedias. Within weeks of the challenge going viral, The New York Times reported that the ALS Association had received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 until August 21. More than 739,000 new donors have given money to the association, which is more than double the $19.4 million the association received during the year that ended January 31, 2013. On August 29, the ALS Association announced that their total donations since July 29 had exceeded $100 million. The ALS Association is just one of several ALS-related charities that have benefited from the challenge: