It was only a matter of time until George W. Bush received a presidential-worthy dousing for the viral-friendly Ice Bucket Challenge, which – in only three weeks – has generated over $22.9 million in donations for the ALS foundation. As Gawker notes, the former Commander-in-Chief was nominated for a high-profile ice bath by his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who issued the challenge (after taking part herself) on a recent Today Show segment.
In the above clip, George W. attempts to take the easy path by making a (dry) donation. “To you all that 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,” he says. But since that’s clearly no fun to watch, Bush’s wife Laura sneaks up with a bucket and takes the icy matters into her own hands – after the pour, she turns to the camera with a staged-for-sitcom grin and says, “That check is for me. I wouldn’t ruin my hairstyle.”
George W. then nominates recent birthday boy Bill Clinton to the challenge: “Yesterday was Bill’s birthday,” he says, “and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”
Of course, former presidents aren’t the only celebrities donating their money and moisture to the ALS campaign: On Tuesday, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl accepted the challenge in a hilarious send-up of the 1976 horror classic Carrie. Their Ice Bucket spoof incorporated actual clips from the movie, with Grohl dressed in full Prom Queen attire.