“Running Wild with Bear Grylls: President Barack Obama” aired December 17, 2015 on NBC. Survivalist Expert Bear Grylls and President Obama hike across the Exit Glacier in Alaska. President Obama wanted to bring more attention to the devastating effects of global climate change. The Alaska Exit Glacier is melting at an alarming rate due to climate change.
Grylls’s excitement at meeting the president was evident by his initial garbled greeting to President Obama. Afterwards, he relaxed enough to become coherent. President Obama and Grylls shared interesting small talk, brown bears, their children, phobias, childhoods, and life. Obama spoke of his desire to protect the environment for the next generations, his daughters and future grandchildren.
Viewers learned President Obama isn’t allowed unexpected excursions. United States military snipers and helicopters remained nearby. For President Obama being unplugged isn’t quite being unplugged. Ironically, The Secret Service’s phrase for President Obama when he goes off grid is, “A bear is loose.”
Grylls treats President Obama to an outdoor lunch. On the menu is half-eaten salmon by a bear, s’mores and catkin tea. Obama helped serve up s’mores over an open fire.
Grylls is known for drinking his own urine as a survival skill. President Obama turns down this specific survival opportunity. He said, “This seems to be Bear’s main claim to fame is that he drinks his own urine. You know, I supposed in extremist it’s something that I would do if the alternative was death. It’s not something I’ll make a habit of, and I probably wouldn’t do it just for a TV show.”
After a long Alaskan hike, Grylls asked for permission to pray over the President, which President Obama agreed to let him do. Grylls states how sharing a camp with the president was his favorite experience. President Obama should run wild with Bear Grylls again. The two men make an impressive survivalist team.