Obama gets Ice Bucket challenged by Kennedy matriarch
August 11th, 2014
02:18 PM ET
3 months ago

Obama gets Ice Bucket challenged by Kennedy matriarch

Washington (CNN) - Mr. President, you've been challenged.

Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged President Barack Obama 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.

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 an 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 them 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.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. just saying

    i'll contribute a $100 if Obama keeps the ice bucket on his head the next 2.5 years so we don't have to hear any more of his lies and divisive attacks.

    August 11, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. chris374

    One of the more stupid fundraising ideas I've seen in a loooong time. What next? Asking the Dalai Lama to serve on a dunking machine at the local carnival? How about having the Kennedy's just cut a check from their booze fortune. There's enough embarrassment and loss if dignity in and around DC. No need to add this silliness.

    August 11, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. salty dog

    Man you got to hand it to the rwnj, they want to sue, and or impeach Obama for doing things on his own, then call him weak if he doesn't seems they complain an awful lot about problems they created, not being fixed fast enough, and ignoring the fact they refuse to help, one day they complain he should do this, then when he agrees, they fight him on it, and say they can't trust him, they just refuse to do anything that helps the economy, or the working class. Sure they passed hundreds of bills, ever read the whole thing they put poison pills in every bill, their objective is to seem like they want to help, but just can't get Obama to help them, again read the entire bill, it wont take long to see, they simply don't want anything done that Americans do .

    August 11, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Although it's for a good cause, it's beneath the office of the Presidency. He should just make a donation. By the way, these challenges are getting out of hand. We've got kids setting themselves on fire with these stupid challenges.

    August 11, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House

    Although it's for a good cause, it's beneath the office of the Presidency. He should just make a donation. By the way, these challenges are getting out of hand. We've got kids setting themselves on fire with these stupid challenges.
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    Exactly. Couldn't have said it better.

    August 11, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Old Lady Kennedy challenges Obama to charity thingy.

    Obama hasn't even responded.

    GOP/Teatrolls react like he already did it.

    Because Benghazi?

    August 11, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Tony D

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House
    Although it's for a good cause, it's beneath the office of the Presidency. He should just make a donation. By the way, these challenges are getting out of hand. We've got kids setting themselves on fire with these stupid challenges.
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    If Obama has proven ONE THING in 5.5 years, it is that NOTHING is below him!!

    August 11, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Tune in to Hannity to see the outrage of donating to research of ALS. I can hear RWNJs condemning charity research as being unAmerican

    August 11, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Marty

    Always liked the Kennedy women

    August 11, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Lizzie

    salty dog, the only who keep the talk about impeachment alive and profiting are democrats. It would have been nice if you would have read the 2500 plus pages of the ACA bill and seen that over 2000 pages have nothing to do with healthcare, but everything to do with democrats inserting their bills or poison as you call it, that would never have passed on their own.

    August 11, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Bruce

    a noun, a verb and Benghazi..........GOP sentence structure. LOL!

    August 11, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Chris..E.Al

    Break out the clown car again bozo sounds like a new gig to make some comical funny money .

    August 11, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Rudy NYC says:
    August 11, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm
    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA – Take Back the House

    Although it’s for a good cause, it’s beneath the office of the Presidency. He should just make a donation. By the way, these challenges are getting out of hand. We’ve got kids setting themselves on fire with these stupid challenges.
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    Exactly. Couldn’t have said it better.

    I'm with you two. It's beneath him.

    August 11, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    "If Obama has proven ONE THING in 5.5 years, it is that NOTHING is below him!!"

    Doesn't having nothing *below* him make it kind of hard for to be a ruling dictator all *over* everybody?

    August 11, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Ton A Lead

    Gotta be an old picture of Obama. He's much more gray and he doesn't smile much any more given his constant screw ups.

    August 11, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "If Obama has proven ONE THING in 5.5 years, it is that NOTHING is below him!!"

    Now now...GOP/Teatrolls candidates' votes are consistently below his. SCOREBOARD. Wait a sec while I get my tear bucket before you start your weeping....

    August 11, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Constant screw ups? You mean like the republican government shutdown, the Weeper not being able to vote on any bill that does not repeal ACA or women's rights, filibustering against your own bill, unnecessary wars, tax cuts for those who don't need it, torture, credit downgrades, record job loss, Great Recession, attacks on veterans and seniors, etc. Republicans invented screw ups.

    August 11, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |