George W. Bush 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Dump Aired on 'Today'

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 11:55 AM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Former President George W. Bush took the "Ice Bucket Challenge," an ALS benefit being driven by social media, after he was called out by daughter Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent on NBC's "Today" show.

The "Today" show aired the video of Bush getting dumped with ice water by former first lady Laura Bush, to the delight of the morning program's hosts. In the process, Bush challenged President Bill Clinton to do the same.

Vote Now: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance?



Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, attacks the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement and can lead to death.


The "Ice Bucket Challenge," which was meant to bring attention to the disease and raise money for the ALS Association, has exploded over social media this month as celebrities and people from all walks of life posted videos of getting dumped with ice water. The association reported Tuesday that $22.9 million has been raised over the past three weeks in connection with the challenge.

"Our top priority right now is acknowledging all the gifts made by donors to The ALS Association," the association's president, Barbara Newhouse, said in a statement. "To do that, we need to be strategic in our decision making as to how the funds will be spent so that when people look back on this event in ten and twenty years, the Ice Bucket Challenge will be seen as a real game-changer for ALS."

Not everyone's a fan of the social media flavor of the month videos. Bill Dwyre, a Los Angeles Times sports columnist who said he lost a close friend to the disease, charged that the videos are "distasteful."

"If, at this time next year, or a few years down the line, there is an ALS breakthrough and it is traceable, even minutely, to the money raised through this Internet furor, I will write 17 columns praising the human spirit and its current technological driver," Dwyre wrote. "But at the moment, pouring water on our heads, or each other's, seems a slightly distasteful disconnect to the reality of ALS."

Editor’s Note: 5 Signs Cancer Is Starting Inside Your Body

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Graham: Ambassador to Cuba Has 'Snowball's Chance in Hell' of Confirmation

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 14:14 PM

President Barack Obama may have opened relations again with Cuba, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sun . . .

Sony Lawyer: 'The Interview' Will Be Distributed

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 13:55 PM

Sony Pictures lawyer David Boies said the satirical movie The Interview will be distributed eventually, though it isn' . . .

Rubio: Obama's Cuba Policy Change Will Not Lead to Freedom

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 12:38 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio says he has no problem with changing policy with Cuba, but says he wants to do something that will brin . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved