President Barack Obama has declined an invitation to take the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” which is taking the country by storm.
The idea behind the challenge is to pour a bucket of ice water on your head to raise awareness for ALS –often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” — and challenge others to do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.
Ethel Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, accepted the challenge earlier in the week and challenged Obama, according to the Boston Globe.
“Welcome to Cape Cod, President Obama. I nominate you,” she said of the vacationing president just before getting doused.
“The president appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge — though his contribution to this effort will be monetary,” spokesman Eric Schultz responded on Obama’s behalf, according to the Boston Globe. “The president will be making a donation to an ALS charity this week.”
But if Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, can take a dunk, who’s to say the most powerful man in the world can’t?
According to the Huffington Post, Gates was challenged by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who’s no pauper himself.
In true Bill Gates form, he came up with an elaborate water-dumping device, as seen here: