As the President of the United States, Barack Obama has his own White House chef that undoubtedly prepares some fantastic meals for him, Michelle and the rest of the staff. But that luxury wasn’t afforded to him when he recently went on an Alaskan escapade for a special episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, and he found himself getting ready for a meal of salmon carcass that was already half-eaten by an actual bear. Check it out in the clip below.


After seeing Michelle Rodriguez eat a urine-boiled mouse, one had to expect the POTUS to take on something much simpler for his Running Wild meal, and a piece of Alaskan salmon definitely turns the stomach less. Sure, it already had a bear’s grubby mitts on it, and it was left on a river bank, but that’s nothing a little fire can’t knock out. I’m going to see if any seafood restaurants around here can hook me up with a meal that’s been partially marinated in bear saliva.

It’s not like Obama would back away from this televised meal, but he took the news with as much grace as one could expect, and amusingly lamented the fact that Grylls told him that a bear had already gotten to it. I’m of the belief that if you’re feeding someone who has an aversion to most meats beyond beef, and you just cook it in a stew and never tell them what it actually is, they’ll eat it without much question or suspicion. On the flip side, you can also use beef and then tell them that it’s actually a half-eaten squirrel that you took out of a lion’s mouth.

According to Today, Obama expressed happiness about being on Running Wild as a means of not having to be in the office or wear a suit, and he explained that his presence meant there were two bears on the show.
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. 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.



The Obama-filled episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls doesn’t have a release date just yet, but you can expect to find it on NBC at some point later this fall. Maybe you’ll want to have a salmon dinner ready to go when it starts, pre-chewed by the animal of your choice.

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