The POTUS talks about fatherhood, climate change and the survivalist’s habit of drinking his own urine
President Barack Obama was “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” on Thursday night, and the Internet went crazy.
Filmed in Alaska last September, the highly-anticipated episode airing on NBC got a very warm reception on social media.
Obama and Grylls traveled across the rugged Alaskan terrain, and chatted about what it means to be a father who happens to be president, his relationship with his wife and children, balancing time between work and home, and — on a more serious note — the global impact of climate change.
One piece of advice that the president gives to his daughters which resonated with viewers is: “Be useful. And be kind.”
“Watching #RunningWild and @POTUS seems like a genuinely good guy, perhaps that shouldn’t matter, but to me, it does,” one Twitter user wrote.
“People said why is he on reality TV? well because it made us watch and now we are learning about climate change,” observed another.
“I have never seen a President put this much emphasis on family. @POTUS lives what he preaches. What an incredible dad he is!!!”
The bonding pair also ate wild salmon that was picked at by a bear, shared tea made out of catkins, and discussed Grylls’ habit of drinking his own urine.
“He said it was one of the best days of his presidency,” the survivalist said, according to NBC. “There were times along the route I had to pinch myself and think, actually, this is the president of America’.”
Obama is the first sitting president to visit the U.S. Arctic, and the first to appear alongside Grylls.
“Running Wild With Bear Grylls” airs Thursdays 10 p.m. on NBC.
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