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George W. Bush accepts Rory McIlroy’s dare to take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Mission Accomplished! Rory McIlroy did something many Americans believed they would never see. The four-time major champion got former president George W. Bush to display a sense of humor when on Tuesday he accepted McIlroy’s dare to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

George W. Bush takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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McIlroy, as is the custom of the new social-media tradition that’s sweeping the world and which benefits research into a progressive neurodegenerative condition commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” took a dunk from Tiger Woods on Monday and then nominated three others to go soak their heads.

Bush was one of them and set the scene, at the family’s Kennebunkport, Maine, compound, perfectly.

Sitting, pen in hand, Bush said he believed it was not "presidential” to get the ice-water splash and planned instead just to write a check. At which point former first lady Laura Bush dumped hubby with the requisite icy water.

“That check is from me,” she said. “I didn’t want to ruin my hairstyle.”

Bush, by the way, called out Bill Clinton to take the dunk.

“Yesterday was Bill’s birthday and my gift to him is a bucket of cold water,” said W, who clearly has a future in comedy if that ex-prez thing doesn’t work out.

The ALS Association, the beneficiary of such largesse by so many celebrities and regular folks, has received $41.8 million in donations in the last month compared with $2.1 million for the same time period last year.

Bubba (and we don’t mean Watson), thanks for saving the Humana Challenge and happy 68th. You’re up!