Bush takes ice bucket challenge

Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge on Tuesday, with former first lady Laura Bush doing the honors.

Laura Bush doused her husband with cold water as he tried to write a check for research to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

“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,” Bush says in the video on a sunny Maine day. 

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“That check is from me, I didn’t want to ruin my hairstyle,” Laura Bush says after she dumps the bucket of cold water over the former president’s head. 

Bush was answering several challenges in taking the ice water challenge. Golfer Rory McIlroy had challenged him, as had San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Bush’s own daughter, Jenna Bush Hager. 

McIlroy responded on his own Facebook page saying “Too fun. Very impressed Mr. President.”

The former president then named his predecessor, former President Clinton, to take the challenge. 

Clinton’s birthday was Tuesday and Bush said with a smile, “my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”

As of Wednesday, the ALS Association that fights amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, had received $31.5 million, nearly $9 million more than what was in their coffers on Tuesday.

That is compared with donations of $1.9 million during the same three-week period last year.