With the Daily Show with Jon Stewart gone, it might seem like Obama is running out of ways to appear on television - so he decided to think outside of the box a little. In what might be one of the best hours of television, President Barack Obama will go into Alaska with survivalist Bear Grylls to take a special episode of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls." NYT writer Dave Itzkoff broke the news on Twitter, following an official press release issued by NBC early Monday.
Now, Bear has done some pretty crazy things on television, including drinking his own urine, squeezing the water out of elephant dung, and urinating on a towel to keep himself cool. One can assume that Obama won't be doing that.
In fact, according to the press release that came straight from NBC, in conjunction with the President and Bear, Obama will be the first sitting president to ever do something like this - in an episode that will likely cover things like global warming and sustainable living. Typically, the NBC show takes celebrities out into nature and spends a few days trying to survive on just things that the earth gives us.
The press released explained why Bear is the best choice for teaching the President (and likely a lot of viewers) about the environment: "Bear Grylls is known worldwide as one of the most-recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. After three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, with the legendary SAS, Grylls went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest."
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Preveious guests have included Kate Winslet, Drew Brees, Kate Hudson, Zac Efron, Michelle Rodriguez and Channing Tatum. The episode will film later this year.