George W. Bush Accepts Rory McIlroy's Ice Bucket Challenge

Head of Splash

The former president gets in on the action to help raise awareness of ALS—and nominates another to take on the good deed next.

Aug 20, 2014 | 04:52 PM
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge just got presidential. 
 
On Wednesday, President George W. Bush accepted his nominations by pro golfer Rory McIlroy, philanthropist Woody Johnson, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, and daughter Jenna Bush Hager to take part in the viral campaign to help raise awareness and funds for ALS research. But in lieu of dumping a pail of cold water over his head—something Bush thought wasn't very dignified for a former head of state—he promised to make a donation instead. 
 
"To you all who have 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," Bush says in a video posted to his official Facebook page. 
 
It appears wife Laura Bush had other ideas, though. As seen in the video, the president has started writing the check when the former first lady sneaks up, ninja-style, and drenches her unsuspecting husband anyway! "That check is for me," Laura jokes after the soaking. "I didn't want to ruin my hairstyle." 
 
Bush then nominates friend and fellow Presidents Club member Bill Clinton to take on the challenge. "Yesterday was Bill's birthday, and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water," Bush deadpans. Happy birthday, President Clinton!
 
Watch the delightful video below.
 

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