Many high-profile people have done the ice bucket challenge in unique ways, but Sarah Palin, as is so often the case, takes the cake. She writes her check and makes her challenges, like everyone else, but the rest of the video gets a little odd — and then it gets awesome.
First of all, there’s no doubt the ALS Association appreciates the donation. The ice bucket challenge has been great for them, bringing their total donations at this point to about $60 million more than at the same time last year, according to their most recent press release. That’s $62.4 million for this period of this year, compared to $2.5 million for the same portion of last year.
Second, perhaps Dr. Pepper appreciates the promotion as well. There’s about a minute in the middle of the video in which you may think you’re watching Palin advertise the soft drink, especially if you’re noting the red ‘P’ logo mug on the right.
The end, though, of Sarah Palin’s ice bucket challenge, may be the best yet. Watch below:
Yes, Sarah Palin’s ice bucket challenge is pretty excellent. It’s a safe bet that people of any political bent and of any opinion on Palin’s politics will be able to agree on that.
Will Hillary Clinton and John McCain accept, in their turn, Mrs. Palin’s challenge? We’ll be watching, and if they do, and their videos are as epic as Sarah’s we’ll make sure you see it too.
As for the video above, well, Sarah Palin isn’t the first politician to say her contribution would be purely monetary. President Obama made the same statement. The State Department also issued a memo asking U.S. Diplomats to refrain from accepting ice bucket challenges, hinting that it would smack of unfairness to focus so widely on one charity will ignoring others, according to the New York Post.
Then, of course, there’s former president George W. Bush, who, pen in hand, declined, saying that he did not think being splashed with ice water was presidential. Like Ms. Palin, Busch was also ambushed from one side, before nominating Bill Clinton to take the challenge next. (Mrs. Bush explains that the check will come from her instead, because she’s not messing up her hair with a bucket of ice water, making her another to decline.) Check that one out below if you haven’t seen it.
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It’s also notable that some politicians are taking a lot of flak for publicly doing the ice bucket challenge and donating, when, as Slate notes, many of them voted for a bill that cut funding for ALS research.
If Sarah Palin’s ice bucket challenge made you laugh out loud, or if you’re shocked at her ambush, tell us what you think in the comments below.