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President Obama Will Appear On ‘Running Wild’ With Bear Grylls, Will Trek Through Alaska

President Obama Will Appear On ‘Running Wild’ With Bear Grylls, Will Trek Through Alaska
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President Obama Will Appear On ‘Running Wild’ With Bear Grylls, Will Trek Through Alaska

President Barack Obama will trek through the Alaskan wilderness with Bear Grylls for an upcoming episode of “Running Wild.”

As part of his three-day trip to the Arctic, President Barack Obama will trek through the Alaskan wilderness with Bear Grylls for an upcoming episode of “Running Wild.” The trek will be part of an effort to raise awareness about climate change.

“I will not deny your suspicion that there may have been some suggestions put forward by the Bear Grylls team that were not approved by the Secret Service,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday, as reported by USA Today.

A petition went up on the White House’s petition site soon after the news broke.

“President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Bear Grylls during his visit to Alaska, who will give the president a ‘crash course in survival techniques.’ If there’s one thing we all know about Bear Grylls’ techniques, it’s that they mostly involve drinking his own urine,” the petition read.

“And so: We ask that Obama do the right thing and drink his own urine during a taping of Running Wild with Bear Grylls. For science. The people demand it.”

In response, the British adventurer tweeted, saying “it shouldn’t come down to this.” The petition has been signed by 62 people.

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“President Obama will become the first US president to receive a crash course in survival techniques from Bear Grylls,” NBC said in a statement on Monday.

The adventure show features celebrities – which in the past have included Kate Winslet, Channing Tatum and Kate Hudson, among others – going on one-on-on adventures with Grylls, a former member of the British Special Forces.

“The fun bit is that it’s not planned too much. We do wing it. It’s a coil of rope and two (people) on a journey,” Grylls said last month. “People are surprised by how rough it is. I brief stars beforehand. I think they believe there will be an ambulance on standby. They can’t believe it’s me, them, two cameras, two sound, a mountain guide for the crew. And a story producer to make sure it makes sense. That’s it. Five or six of us on the ground total. It has to be lean and light.”

“The fun bit is that it’s not planned too much. We do wing it. It’s a coil of rope and two (people) on a journey,” Grylls said last month. “People are surprised by how rough it is. I brief stars beforehand. I think they believe there will be an ambulance on standby. They can’t believe it’s me, them, two cameras, two sound, a mountain guide for the crew. And a story producer to make sure it makes sense. That’s it. Five or six of us on the ground total. It has to be lean and light.”

Obama has previously made appearances on the Funny Or Die web series “Between Two Ferns.” He also featured on the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron.

NBC said that the episode will broadcast later this year.

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