(AP | ABC News) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.
The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
In a video posted Wednesday 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.”
The video, taken in Kennebunkport, Maine, then shows a smiling Laura Bush dousing him. She says: “That check is from me – I didn’t want to ruin my hairstyle.”
The video already has more than 600,000 views after it was posted Wednesday afternoon.
Also in Maine this week, author Stephen King took the challenge, and then challenged John Grisham
Bush and King join a growing list of famous faces taking part in the chilly challenge that has gone viral across the Internet over the past several weeks.
Soccer star David Beckham was nominated by Ryan Seacrest, and then challenged Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Tom Cruise accepted a challenge from Hugh Jackman, and, along with “Mission Impossible 5? writer Chris McQuarrie, made donations on behalf of their film’s cast and crew.
Actor Ben Affleck accepted the challenge from Tyler Perry and then challenged Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Damon, and his wife Jennifer Garner.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, and even Lady Gaga got into the act as their videos on Youtube and across the Internet.
According to The ALS Association, “As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20). These donations have come from existing donors and 637,527 new donors to The Association.”
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