President Obama has spent nearly seven grueling years running the nation, but this week he may have faced his biggest challenge yet: surviving in the Alaskan wild with Bear Grylls.
The White House announced on Monday that Obama will appear this year on the NBC show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” which centers around Bear Grylls, a survival expert and former British special operative, guiding celebrities through the world’s most remote locations.
Grylls has led famous actors and athletes through harsh environments, although Obama will be his most high-profile guest to date as the two take on the Alaskan wilderness – presumably with a significant Secret Service team in tow.
The episode was reportedly taped Tuesday to coincide with Obama’s visit to Alaska and as part of the White House’s ramped-up campaign to call attention to climate change.
While there’s no word on if the president will be inclined to, like many other guests of the show, eat raw fish or rappel down a cliff, the administration has hinted the POTUS’s adventure would be somewhat limited for safety reasons.
“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,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Monday.
But that hasn’t stopped some mischievous citizens from insisting the president hone even the most stomach-turning survival skills. A petition making its way online demands that the POTUS drink his own urine, as Grylls himself has been known to occasionally demonstrate.
Grylls playfully dismissed the idea on Twitter, and with barely 400 of the required 100,000 signatures collected as of Tuesday, it looks like the leader of Free World was able to avoid that particular technique.
The episode featuring Obama is set to air on NBC sometime later this year.