Members of the Kennedy family came together at their compound in Hyannis Port during the weekend and did the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” In their video, Ethel Kennedy, the 86-year-old widow of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, challenged President Obama to also do the challenge.

The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been sweeping across Facebook like wildfire the last several days. Participants of the challenge must dump a bucket of ice water over their heads while being filmed, and then must nominate a few friends to do the same.


The point of the seemingly silly activity is to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. After being nominated in a video, the nominees have 24 hours to either dump a bucket of ice water over their heads as well or donate $100 to an ALS organization.

In Ethel Kennedy’s video, she nominates President Barack Obama, who is currently vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, to perform the “Ice Bucket Challenge” right before getting ice water dumped over her head.

“Welcome to Cape Cod, President Obama. I nominate you,” she said.

According to Matt Viser of the Boston Globe, Obama will not be dumping water over his head. Instead, he will be donating money to an ALS organization of his choice.

“A good campaign starts at the grassroots and makes its way to the very top. Our family is proud to join the wave of advocates championing increased awareness and funding for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),” said Ethel Kennedy to

For a video of Ethel Kennedy doing the “Ice Bucket Challenge” for ALS, go to YouTube or see below. And for more information on ALS, check out the ALS Association’s website.

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