President Obama tasted the life in the wild in his recent adventure in Alaska to film Running Wild with Bear Grylls.
The purpose of Obama’s three-day visit in Alaska was to observe the effects of climate change on the Alaskan wilderness, Today reported.
With his daughters and future descendants in mind, he told the show’s host, Bear Grylls:
You know, one of the main purposes of our trip here is to highlight the effects of climate change and what’s happening to the planet…. I’ve got two daughters, and I don’t want grandkids too soon, but eventually I hope to have some. I want to make sure this is there for them, not just for us.
One of the most interesting parts of the episode is the food they had for lunch–leftover salmon!
Grylls found the half-eaten salmon on the river bank where it was left by a wild bear after eating certain parts. The host explained that bears often eat the parts that have high fat content including the brain, eggs and skin which explains why they leave the meaty parts.
Obama told Grylls how he felt about eating leftover bear meat.
“I’ve seen some of the stuff Bear eats, and it’s gotta be something that doesn’t still have its legs and eyes on it. I want it not to be too recognizable.”
Although the President said Gryll’s cooking was “mediocre,” he seemed to enjoy the whole experience and wished they could have crackers to go with the salmon. He revealed that his three-day visit in the wilderness of Alaska is one of the best days of his Presidency.
Obama candidly shared that he and Grylls have similar nicknames.
The President said during the interview that the Secret Service always makes sure he is out of danger and they do not take their eyes off of him “every once in a while, if I do something unexpected, the phrase we use is that, ‘The bear is loose,’ so to be with Bear in the woods, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
During the filming, Obama took a selfie with the Running Wild with Bear Grylls host and posted it to his Instagram. The photo was captioned: “Glad this was the only Bear I met in the park.”
Running Wild with Bear Grylls can be watched Mondays at 10 in the evening on NBC.
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