Obama to give money for ALS (not take an ice water bath)
When it comes to getting a bucket of ice water dumped on your head to raise money for ALS, President Obama says: Thanks, but no thanks. He'll give money, instead. Obama responded to Ethel Kennedy and other
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When it comes to getting a bucket of ice water dumped on your head to raise awareness for ALS, President Obama says: Thanks, but no thanks.
He'll give money instead.
Obama is responding to Ethel Kennedy and other members of the Kennedy family, who welcomed the president to his Martha's Vineyard vacation by making the "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise awareness of ALS.
"Welcome to Cape Cod, President Obama," Kennedy said. "I nominate you."
The White House said in a statement to the Boston Globe: "The president appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge — though his contribution to this effort will be monetary."
Obama will make the donation this week, the White House said.
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The Kennedy Family took on the viral video Ice Bucket Challenge, dumping icy water over their heads, and challenged President Obama to do the same.
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00:04 The ice bucket challenges of raising awareness and money for
00:07 a LS restart the campaign is incredibly viral it seems nearly
00:11 everyone is taking a video of themselves getting doused in case
00:14 the water. It now includes the entire Kennedy family and they
00:18 nominated one powerful person to do it next the president of
00:22 the United States. I'm shin injury green and then is --
00:25 men. And I dare. Ethel Kennedy who said welcome to Cape
00:40 -- President Obama I nominee you. The president is vacationing with
00:45 family and Martha's Vineyard. The ice -- challenge asks people to
00:49 post their videos to social media and name other people which
00:52 gives those nominees only 24 hours to either recorded video out.
00:56 While they get ice water dumped over their head. Or give
00:59 the big donation to LS research the payless association is reporting
01:03 a 1000%. Increase in donation. Celebrities keep posting -- -- taking
01:08 the challenge like and think lancet that. And and Al Gore
01:13 a lead and fall in our stars who took on the
01:15 challenge her. And Elizabeth Bain -- an enormous bucket in her
01:26 video out. TV personalities were not to be outdone either Matt
01:30 -- Rachel -- and Martha Stewart all fought through it. --
01:46 Speaking of video pilots are very young Carly Mallon Bob took
01:49 the plunge last night and would you take on the challenge.
01:59 The more video do you think hash tag ice bucket challenge
02:02 and stick with USA today dot com for the latest development
02:05 in the fund raising phenomenon.