US president treks across a glacier and eats a bloody salmon disposed by a bear upon British adventurers reality TV show
He declined to drink urine but Barack Obamadid make tea from glacier water and munch on a bloody salmon previously chewed by a bear in his wilderness bromance with Bear Grylls.
The US president trekked through a remote part of Alaska to promote action on climate change and depict a more human side in a special episode of the British adventurers reality prove, Running Wild With Bear Grylls.
The hour-long programme, which aired on NBC on Thursday, indicated the duo bonding as they hiked on Exit glacier in the Kenai mountains, bantering over fatherhood and the environment as well as flatulence and bellybutton fluff.
Im skinny but tougher than I look, told Obama, after the former soldier complimented his physical fitness. It was a moment to make Sarah Palin howl.
The president drank tea made from catkins and melting glacier water and munched on a ravaged salmon, which Grylls told had been disposed by a bear and still bear breath.
Grylls has persuaded previous celebrity gueststo drink their own urine but the commander in chief demurred. I suppose, in extremis, its something that I would do if the alternative was death, he told. Its not something Id make a habit of. And I likely wouldnt do it just for a TV show.
It was the White Houses idea to pair the professorial chairperson with a rugged survivalist as part of a strategy of unorthodox methodology and stunts to project his agenda.
It was an Obama seldom watched on television: loose, personal, stripped of pomp, just a guy out hiking with another guy.
Of course, it was also an illusion. According to Grylls dozens of staff, secret services agents and a food taster hovered just off-screen, along with snipers in the hills and a military helicopter overhead.
Perhaps to offset any comparings with Russian President Vladimir Putins swaggering wilderness photo-ops , Obama induced several references to the invisible chaperones, including when he fumbled employing a borrowed smartphone to take a selfie with Grylls.
Im in whats called the bubble and secret services makes sure that Im always out of danger, which I very much appreciate but it can be a little restrict, he told, addressing the camera directly. So to be with Bear in the woods: it doesnt get any better than that.
Both men cited the retreating glacier as proof of the urgency in addressing climate change. Ive two daughters, and I dont want grandkids too soon, but eventually I hope to have some, told Obama. And I want to make sure that this is there for them , not only us.
He said action on climate change was vital to his presidency. I think it will have a more significant impact on the lives of future generations as just about anything. And were still a long way from get it right but its something that, working together, I think we can make a difference on.
The show aired at a delicate hour for the president, who is riding high on the climate deal agreed during Paris last week but defensive over Republican claims that he is weak on Islamist terrorism. On Friday he is due to visit the relatives of victims of this months San Bernardino murder .
Obama played the straight man , noting Gryllss reputation for extreme cuisine. Bears a mediocre cook, but the fact that we feed something recognisable was encouraging. Now, the fact that he told me this was a leftover fish from a bear, I dont know if that was necessary. He could have just left that out.
The Briton commended the president on nimbly starting a flame, obviating need to use bellybutton fluff as kindle. He also recommended the catkins tea as legal remedies for flatulence. Its not a problem I have but perhaps you do, Obama replied.
When Grylls warned that bears were especially dangerous when you amazed them fornicating, Obama joked that the same could be said for humans.
Clearly smitten, Grylls, an evangelical Christian, aimed their outing with a riverside prayer calling on God to bless the presidents run. They hugged and ran their separate ways.
He said it was one of the best days of his presidency, Grylls told reporters earlier the coming week, according to Reuters. There were days along the road I had to pinch myself and think, actually, this is the president of America.
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