Why is President Obama Appearing on Running Wild With Bear Grylls?

By on September 2, 2015
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When photos emerged of President Obama with Bear Grylls, from the reality television series, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, we couldn’t help but wonder why the President of the United States is now appearing on reality television?

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The same reality television series that Kate Winslet, Zac Efron and Kate Hudson appeared on. Is President Obama hoping to turn to television when he ends his term as the President?

The television series, Running Wild With Bear Grylls is a reality series that takes entertainment and sports stars into remote and pristine locations in the U.S. and around the world for a 48-hour journey where the cast members face their deepest fears and participate in activities such as skydiving, mountain climbing and much more. Celebs such as Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, Oscar nominee Kate Hudson, Super Bowl-winning QB Drew Brees and “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, have all appeared on the show. Some of the cast members have even eaten worms and mice on the show.  The whole point of the show is for the celebrities who participate to push their minds and bodies to the limit to complete their journey. Does that include President Obama?

The President and Bear Grylls are in Alaska filming for the reality show but something tells us it is highly unlikely he will eat insects or animals. So why is he participating on the show? To bring awareness to the impact of climate change. Obama has already taken the opportunity and the press surrounding his appearance on the show by showing reporters a series of signposts, which showed how far the Exit Glacier had receded in the last few years. Since 1951, the ice mass has receded a quarter of a mile. The base of the glacie has been receding at rate of 43 feet a year, according to the National Park Service.

Bear Grylls is playing up the appearance of President Obama, posting photos from their excursion on Instagram with his most recent post saying,

[email protected] such special moments all through this journey. & what you are doing to help protect our planet is inspiring.

The main purpose of the President appearing on the show for a journey to Alaska is to create powerful images the White House will use to engage Americans. Grylls was clearly taken with all the President is doing taking to twitter to tell his million plus followers,

‘Such special moments all through this journey, and what you are doing to help protect our planet in inspiring,’

When we first heard the President was doing reality television, we thought it was a completely crazy idea. The fact that he is using the television show to spread a message to help save the environment, makes a lot more sense. Thankfully he isn’t appearing on Dancing With the Stars or Big Brother. That would be completely crazy!!

What do you think about President Obama appearing on Running Wild with Bear Grylls?

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