Nominated by New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, pro golfer Rory McIlroy, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and daughter Jenna Bush Hager (where you at, Barbara?), Bush recorded a 48-second video to join in on the cause that's raising awareness and millions in donations for ALS research.
Here's the full video...
...which we at The Wire have happily broken down for your viewing pleasure. (And why not? After all, we're not getting an Obama Ice Bucket Challenge video.) Bush begins his video by rejecting the Challenge, opting instead to write a check. That's great, George. He's proud of his move. The billowing American flag in the background agrees.
"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," declares Bush, who's clad in an casual, arguably un-presidential crew neck tee sans American flag pin.
The video then expertly dissolves...
...into the next shot, in which he acts as though he doesn't see his wife approaching him with a bucket full of ice. Or maybe he didn't actually see Laura at all. He is intensely staring at that check. Not writing. Staring.
But no matter. Here's the moment of (dunking) truth:
Note the lack of ice cubes and Laura Bush's form. That's impressive posture for holding up several gallons of possibly-not-icy water. Anyway, here's the aftermath and perhaps the best shot from the entire video:
She's delighted! Gleeful, even! Her scarf barely moved! Meanwhile, W. looks petrified.
"That check is for me," Laura Bush jokes. "I don't want to ruin my hairstyle." That's followed by another A+ dissolve:
...and Bush goes on to nominate "my friend Bill Clinton."
"Yesterday was Bill's birthday, and my gift to him is a bucket of cold water," Bush says with a smirk, before asking his viewers to visit the ALS Association.
Congratulations, former Mr. President. You've now joined most of America, celebrity or otherwise, in dunking their heads for a good cause.
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