Bear Grylls Shares What Its Like Having President Obama on “Running Around with Bear Grylls” – Read the Q&A!

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Bear Grylls, the host of Running Around with Bear Grylls, has been on many adventures throughout his life and he’s gladly taken his fans and several celebrities on his crazy journey. However, in a special episode airing tonight, Bear will show his viewers something they’ve never seen before — a different side of President Barack Obama.

Yes, you read that correctly. With about 50 secret service agents and snipers, President Obama decided to join Bear on an adventure through the Alaskan Wilderness to have a little fun in the outdoors and take a look into the real effects of climate change. Oh, and to eat some fresh salmon. Yum!

Check out the promo for”A President in the Wild”below and read our Q&A with Bear about how he prepared for his trip with President Obama and what he thought about him as just a regular guy!

The special edition ofRunning Wild with Bear Gryllsairs this Thursday, December 17th @ 10PM ET on NBC.

CS4U:Okay. So can you talk a little bit about your impression of him and what kinds of things did you guys do together?

Bear Grylls:”Well, my overriding impression was just hes really humble, family-centered, lovely guy, you know? I mean, of course, the times along the route I have to kind of pinch myself and think actually, you know, this is the president of America, you know? And I think theres a connection when youre out in the wild with someone. I always say its the ultimate learning, you know, and hes a dad and Im a dad and, you know, he cares about preserving.

You know, the reason – one of the big reasons he wanted to do this, that he wanted, you know, to see some of the effects of climate change close up, you know, and hes a dad and he wants to preserve, you know, the planet for his childrens future, you know, and I feel exactly the same way, you know? I spend all of my life charging around the world and all of these wildernesses and I see the harsh reality of climate change close up.

And, you know, as you would say as well, we want to protect this incredible planet. Its the only one we got, you know, and we want to make sure our children get to enjoy these, you know, wonderful wildernesses. So there is a great connection there.

But also, you know, as I said, my overriding thing was actually what a really lovely guy. And he was excited to be there and he was, you know, he was, you know, fun to be able to kind of pull each others leg a little bit, you know, in a way that if you just sort of meet someone in the White House with interview situation, its difficult to do, you know, but youre out there and, you know, you kind of light fire together and climb up trees and, you know, half eaten salmons and, you know, talking about flatulence and the berries and all of that gets out, you know? That is as you come at the great moments with, you know, the connections always come. So huge privilege but definitely a fair side of the president you never see before.

You know, I watched the other day the final cut with just some friends and family at home and they were just silent at the end. They go Oh my god, youve done it. I have no idea he was going to be quite like – quite that intimate and quite that fun and revealing, you know, him talking about his – you know, what he really fears and, you know, what hes learnt and what he struggles with and talked about faith and family and all of that stuff. So its been a huge privilege.”

CS4U:How did you advise the president to prepare for this trek either mentally or physically?

Bear Grylls:I think I was the one that needed the preparation, you know. I think one of the things I learned is he is incredibly confident that (diving into these) different situations, you know, and, you know, I said to him right after we just lit the fire, I said, Annoying president, youre good at everything. You just, you know, normally people take hours doing this. Youre just naturally good at it.

But I suppose its no surprise you got to be (clued up) and you got to be sharp and a quick learner and a good listener if youre president. So he didnt have any problems with that. Of anything, you really just wanted physicality and to go and to get up and work hard and hes really out for everything.

So all I said is come along, you know, come with a smaller team as possible for the president to come with and, you know, trust us to look after you once were out there in the wild and well have fun, you know, and I think hes definitely got that sort of feel that he just wanted this to be a really fun day and thats why, as Ive said, it was so lovely hearing him say at the end that itd been one of the best days, you know, of his presidency.”

CS4U: Can you talk a little bit about your impression of him and what kinds of things did you guys do together?

Bear Grylls: “Well, my overriding impression was just hes really humble, family-centered, lovely guy, you know? I mean, of course, the times along the route I have to kind of pinch myself and think actually, you know, this is the president of America, you know? And I think theres a connection when youre out in the wild with someone. I always say its the ultimate learning, you know, and hes a dad and Im a dad and, you know, he cares about preserving.

You know, the reason – one of the big reasons he wanted to do this, that he wanted, you know, to see some of the effects of climate change close up, you know, and hes a dad and he wants to preserve, you know, the planet for his childrens future, you know, and I feel exactly the same way, you know? I spend all of my life charging around the world and all of these wildernesses and I see the harsh reality of climate change close up.

And, you know, as you would say as well, we want to protect this incredible planet. Its the only one we got, you know, and we want to make sure our children get to enjoy these, you know, wonderful wildernesses. So there is a great connection there.

But also, you know, as I said, my overriding thing was actually what a really lovely guy. And he was excited to be there and he was, you know, he was, you know, fun to be able to kind of pull each others leg a little bit, you know, in a way that if you just sort of meet someone in the White House with interview situation, its difficult to do, you know, but youre out there and, you know, you kind of light fire together and climb up trees and, you know, half eaten salmons and, you know, talking about flatulence and the berries and all of that gets out, you know? That is as you come at the great moments with, you know, the connections always come. So huge privilege but definitely a fair side of the president you never see before.

You know, I watched the other day the final cut with just some friends and family at home and they were just silent at the end. They go Oh my god, youve done it. I have no idea he was going to be quite like – quite that intimate and quite that fun and revealing, you know, him talking about his – you know, what he really fears and, you know, what hes learnt and what he struggles with and talked about faith and family and all of that stuff. So its been a huge privilege.”

CS4U: Was there a moment that you impressed with the most when you are spending time with Barack or was there something that really stands out in your mind as a memorable moment from filming?

Bear Grylls:”Id say the kind of – if I look back in the whole thing, for me, the two moments. One was stood beforehand on the riverbank, you know, and we have this big journey to get in there, the shot down the airspace, you know, were on helicopter filming so far and then was on foot for the last. It was all quite frantic, you know? Just flying out from the UK the night before and straight in there. Suddenly it all went still and I was waiting at the riverbank and I can see, you know, all the Secret Service and the snipers positioned all around this mountain with the helicopters and it was like Wow, I am really genuinely nervous.

As soon as he arrived and, you know, he was just saying Hey, you know, Ive been a big fan of the show and its great to meet and lets go and do it. It was like, you know, awesome and lets just, you know, lets just go for it.

But I think at the end of it that really stood out for me was the little thing we did right at the end where we prayed together and its funny because its like sort of such an intimate thing to do but we talked about faith on the journey and how hed said that one of his heroes is President Lincoln have said this quote that if youre not a religious man when you take off, you know, you will be by the end. It brings you into your knees.

And I said right at the end I said, you know, Its been such a privilege. Id love just to praise you. And, you know, hes a man who everyone is always taking some, you know, everyone wanting something whether its, you know, (poking him in the chest) about this or that or what is he going to do to solve this (problem) and, you know, for eight years, thats all hes had.

And I think one of the reasons he said to me this seems to be one of the best days of his presidency all of eight years and he said You didnt want anything from me. Were just, you know, sharing a little bit of our world. And, you know, so nice to be able to lay hands on him and just say a little prayer to, you know, pray for protection of all the work hes doing and it was just for ten seconds, you know, and he gave me a big hug at the end of it and I thought (you know, this is a real) special moment actually and a moment Ill never forget.”

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