Earlier this month, President Obama and celebrity survival expert Bear Grylls broke bread together in Alaska. But because the President was a guest on Grylls’ TV Show ‘Running Wild,’ they were trekking through the Alaskan wilderness, and the meal they shared was a bear’s leftovers.
This sneak peek from the full episode due to run on NBC, features Grylls preparing and cooking a salmon portion left behind by a bear. In the video, Grylls is seen using the Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Scout II folding knife, one of his own collaborations with Gerber.
Grylls reportedly ditched the secret service-approved activities and instead gave the President a more authentic experience. “It’s funny, [the secret service] said lots of things beforehand,” Grylls said. “But on the day I decided to just wing it.”
Reflecting on his brief adventure outside the bubble of relentless secret service protection, President Obama said: “It was one of the best days of my Presidency. First of all, I’m not in the office. Second of all, I’m not in a suit.”
After wrapping up filming for the day, Grylls broke another protocol by presenting President Obama with the knife, saying that he should keep it “as a last line of defence if anybody ever got through the secret service.” This could be the beginning of a knife addiction for Obama because according to Grylls, “I had a great email a few days later from his team saying that he absolutely loves the knife and he keeps playing with it!”