Before dining with the NBC survivalist in the Alaskan wilderness, the commander in chief confessed to the camera that he was worried about what Grylls was going to whip up. "I've seen some of the things that Bear eats and it's got to be something that doesn’t still have its legs and eyes on it," he said. "I want it not to be too recognizable."
Grylls came up with a cooking compromise and served up the "bloody carcass of half-eaten salmon," which was previously enjoyed by a not-so-hungry bear.
"I think a piece of salmon, that'll work just fine. It would've been nice if we had a cracker to go with it," the president deadpanned to the camera. "Bear is a mediocre cook, but the fact that we ate something recognizable was encouraging."
Despite his Alaskan leftovers, Obama was happy to be out of the office – and a suit! – to enjoy the great outdoors. "As president, I am in what's called the bubble, and Secret Service makes sure that I'm always out of danger, which I very much appreciate, but it can be a little confining," he said. "Every once in a while, if I do something unexpected, the phrase we use is that, 'The bear is loose,' so to be with Bear in the woods, it doesn't get any better than that."
President Obama's episode on Running Wild With Bear Grylls is set to air later this year.