I see Obama has refused to do it. My guess is that this will become his excuse.
He doesn't seem to have a problem promoting late night talk shows. A
charity in my mind would be more worthwhile.
Let me get this straight. A diplomat cannot do something for a charity because
of their office, yet a politician can use their office to solicit donations for
their campaign. Doesn't that seem a bit hypocritical?
@RichardBIf he did it, Republicans would be just saying he's
demeaning the office anyway (like George Bush's quip that it didn't
seem very presidential).
schnee,Like a typical liberal, leave out the most important part of
a story - right after Bush said that his wife dumped ice water all over him. He
was clearly mocking the notion he was too good or "too presidential" for
that. Why did your purposely leave that part out? So very dishonest. And
sadly expected. Its too bad barack wouldn't give 5 minutes to
raise awareness for this charity and do it like Bush did.
I'm a federal government ethics attorney. The law prohibits federal
government employees from endorsing or soliciting on behalf of a charity, if
they use their official position in any way or if government endorsement might
be inferred. The rules are a little different for elected officials and certain
extremely high-level folks (think cabinet members), but are most strict for the
next level down (senior department officials and administrators). It's
actually a pretty good system because it prevents anyone who is a career
employee of the federal government from using their positions for personal gain
or to favor particular companies/non-profits, which is the root of most
corruption in countries without such rules.
Lawyer in Spain: Does that mean we can go arrest all those people--governmental
personnel, all-- who begged and pleaded for government funds to go to so-called
"Green initiatives" that are clearly just government donations to
charities disguised as companies meant to suck down government funds with no
intention of repayment? Like Solyndra?
Obama went on late night talk shows, but that was OK? For profit is fine,
charities are out of line? That is a progressive Democrat for you.
@ Richard B and Chris B: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is a two-part challenge.
Part 1 is to dump a bucket of ice water on your head and post the video on
social media to raise awareness for ALS. Part 2 is in lieu of Part 1 and is the
option of making a financial donation to an ALS charity to fund treatment and
research.Obama did part 2. Are you claiming that it is more
important to do part 1 and talk about ALS, or do you feel that treating it and
searching for a cure can be equally important?According to the ALS
Association, the Ice Bucket challenge has raised $31.5 million, compared to $1.9
million in the same time period last year. Apparently, Obama is not the only
one who opted for part 2.@ Vanceone and Redshirt: Do you really
think a politician raising money for him or herself is the same thing as raising
money for a charity? Do you really think a diplomat (usually an appointed
position) is in the same category as an elected politician?
Kalindra,Once again, let me help a liberal who doesn't fully
understand. What most famous people are doing is 1)do the ice
challenge an post it to gain awareness AND 2) donate to the cause. That's what president bush chose to do. And because of his willingness
millions of Americans watched the video and without a doubt brought even more
awareness AND money. Just think how much more awareness and money
Barack would have brought if he had done the ice water challengeBut
he declined. So sad. Thanks president Bush for not being too good
for the issue.
Thank you, Lawyer in Spain, for bringing up the ethics regulations for federal
employee conduct. Those rules are little understood by those who haven't
lived under them. Unfortunately those whose sole motivation is scoring
political cheap shots will ignore what's actually at issue here.
LolThe comments on this board from "Conservatives" are
pretty funny."Conservatives" are actually criticizing our
President for not dumping a bucket of ice water on his head . . . And just "
do it like Bush did."Personally, I don't want this
President or ANY future President to " do it like Bush did."GW's Presidency was a complete and total disaster.. . . But I
can see their argument.By dumping a bucket of Ice Water on his head,
GW was finally able to actually do something on the public stage that caused NO
harm to this nation.
@ Chris B: So Obama did exactly what he was asked to do, but that's not
good enough for you because a few days later someone else made a different
choice about how to do it?You may not like the way he did, but
claiming he failed to do it is false.