First of all I am trying to wean off posting and get into vacation mode but it’s harder than I thought. I did get out into the world a bit the past two days. Baby steps.
I love Running Wild With Bear Grylls. But I am feeling some kind of way about President Obama filming a reality TV show while president when we have so much going on in the world and some serious homeland security problems. I am going to try to forget he is supposed to be busy running the free world and try to like him as just a random cute and funny guy.
Bear is kind of adorable. He’s so nervous to meet the president! Bear doesn’t GET nervous. And now the climate change propaganda begins.
Did Bear just say that there is someone with the president to make sure whatever he eats is safe? Does he have a food taster all the time or just in the wilderness? So far, Obama has walked on a pathway through the woods and picked some berries. Which is hilarious if you have ever watched this show before. Normally, the celebrity would have repelled out of a helicopter, transversed a deep ravine by rope.
As Obama meanders through a meadow toward the glacier, Bear informs up that the secret service has sniper teams all throughout the woods and a helicopters patrolling the airspace above which has been made a temporary no fly zone.
Bear just said he and his family live on an island and they are off the grid completely. Solar power, etc. That sounds fabulous. I guess I could not blog from there though.
I love that Obama doesn’t know how to use a Smart Phone. He’s not allowed to have one for security reasons.
Obama dipped his hand in some cold running water. He touches a glacier. This is kind of humorous. Obama remarks that the glacier melting so fast is a sign of how fast “climate change” is happening. I might argue that it’s not anything to do with climate change, but rather season change. It’s summer. Ice melts rapidly in the sun.
Obama arranges a few rocks. Obama starts a fire with fire steels, cotton balls and “solid fuel.” Then Obama walks three feet to collect glacier water. Bear is great with interviewing people on this show. Obama says while president he may even get to spend more time with his girls because “he lives about the store.” And can usually have dinner with the family even if he has to go back to work afterward.
The producers and secret service have provided a stunt salmon (like the stunt fish on the Anthony Bourdain shows) for Bear to present as a salmon half eaten by a bear. Obama has the same question I do, “Why didn’t the bear eat the whole fish?” Bear claims that the bears will often just eat the fattiest part of the fish when fish are plentiful.
Bear asks if he ever gets lost in the White House. He of course says no. Bear asks about the girls. He says they have found some great hiding places and it’s a fun place to play hide and go seek. He says the grounds of the White House aren’t really that big. Obama tells a story about the first time he saw the White House when he was 21. He seems to still be rather awed that he came from humble beginnings and became president. Obama is an incredibly charming man. Lots of sitting comfortably around the campfire talking while cooking fish. Normally the celebrity would be eating bugs or a rat or skinning a snake. Also, unlike other celebrity guests on the show, Obama is a great conversationalist and asks Bear great questions too. He eats the salmon.
Bear asks about Obama’s faith. And then back to climate change.
More behind the scenes information. Apparently, the President is not supposed to eat anything on camera. Really? Haven’t we seen him digging into some Five Guys burgers? Bear was afraid that the advisor would not allow him to eat the stunt salmon. Then Obama makes s’mores for Bear.
There is much discussion about drinking your own pee. Bear says that if you are not already really dehydrated that it can help you conserve the remaining water.
Bear gets Obama to sign an Obama bottle opener. Then he asks if he can pray for him before he leaves. Obama agrees. It was very touching. My allergies acted up a bit.