President Obama himself is scheduled to appear on a special episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, and he’ll be eating a salmon carcass.
Obama, who spent three days in Alaska to observe the effects of climate change firsthand, has called the issue “one of the greatest challenges we face this century.”
On Running Wild, the president will explore the Alaskan wilderness with Grylls, and perhaps encourage Americans to think more carefully about where their food comes from. Obama, for instance, will be eating a piece of salmon that was discarded by a bear.
“Bear's a mediocre cook, but the fact that we ate something recognizable was encouraging,” said Obama. “Now, the fact that he told me this was a leftover fish from a bear, I don't know if that was necessary. He could have just left that out.”
Obama also acknowledged that his light lunch was quite different from his normal regimen.
“As president, I am in what’s called ‘the bubble,’ and Secret Service makes sure that I’m always out of danger, which I very much appreciate, but it can be a little confining,” said Obama. “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.”