NBC’s hit show Running Wild with Bear Grylls will up its celebrity guest wattage considerably during President Obama’s visit to Alaska. Yup, the president will “trek through the wilderness” with the undaunted Bear Grylls. It may not be as fun as hiking with Kate Winslet or Kate Hudson, previous guests, but Grylls will love the ratings. Obama will learn some survival techniques from the TV adventurer — techniques that may or may not be helpful in facing down congress during his lame duck years.
Obama will be busy in Alaska. He’ll rename Mt. McKinley, replacing the presidential moniker with Denali, the name natives have called the mountain since time immemorial. And he’ll display some derring-do with Grylls — mostly in an effort to draw attention to the effects of climate change. Grylls will handle any polar bear encounters. Obama will act first if John Boehner shows up. (Boehner is unhappy about the McKinley thing, for one.)