Obama won’t be pouring ice water on his head

Posted at 7:46 AM, Aug 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-13 07:46:11-04

(CNN) — President Obama is opting to stay dry.

Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged the President to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“The President appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge – though his contribution to this effort will be monetary,” Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Tuesday.

He added that Obama will make a donation to an ALS charity this week.

In a Facebook video posted by Max Kennedy, the political family got together at their compound in Hyannis Port this weekend to participate in the challenge.

After over 20 members of the Kennedy family dumped ice water on their heads, the group screamed, “We nominated Grandma Ethel.”

Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, said, “Welcome to Cape Cod, Mr. President. I nominate you,” before dumping a bucket of ice water on her head.

Obama is in Martha’s Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation with his family.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media campaign that aims to raise awareness and money to combat ALS. Started by Pete Frates, who has lived with ALS since 2012, and his family, the campaign asks participants to dump a bucket of ice water on their head and then nominate their friends to do the same.

Those friends have the opportunity to follow their friend or donate $100 to ALS awareness.

Using the #IceBucketChallenge, the campaign has garnered national attention, with celebrities and athletes starting to participate.

One other noteworthy Kennedy – Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts – took the ice bucket challenge last week.

CNN’s Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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