President Obama calls Bear Grylls a "mediocre cook" as he eats salmon previously picked on by an actual wild bear

By Maria Coder
September 08, 2015 11:10 AM

President Obama lunched on some salmon picked over from an actual bear – not to be confused with Bear Grylls – on his wilderness trek through Alaska with the host of NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

Obama, who was visiting Alaska over three days to test his wilderness skills and to survey the impact of climate change on the state, was a little worried about what might be on the menu.

“I’ve seen some of the stuff Bear eats, and it’s gotta be something that doesn’t still have its legs and eyes on it. I want it not to be too recognizable,” he said on a video that appeared on the Today Show. (See it below!)

So, it was salmon, bloody and left behind on the river bank by a bear, that would be the main course. Grylls explained that bears feast on the fattiest parts of the fish – the eggs, skin and brain – and leave much of the meat behind.

Once the fish was cooked, the President took a bite, though he felt it needed a little something. “It would have been nice if we had a cracker to go with it,” Obama said..

Obama added that Bear’s a “mediocre cook” and that he wished he didn’t know so much. “Now, the fact that he told me this was a leftover fish from a bear, I don’t know if that was necessary. He could have just left that out,” he joked.

The two men taped the episode last week, when Obama first posted a selfie of himself alongside with wilderness expert.

At the time, someone had put up a petition on the White House’s petition site, for the President drink his own urine on the trip, “for science.” As of Tuesday it had nearly 700 signatures of the 100,000 needed to make its goal.

The President posted photos on his Instagram account of wildlife he saw and shared the beautiful scenery with help from a selfie stick.

The special edition of Grylls’ Running Wild will air later this year, according to NBC.

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