President Obama reveals his greatest fear during the full episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls that was aired for the first time on NBC last night.
But in an episode that was explicitly about stoking climate change alarmism, Obama did not cite the looming threat to the planet posed by global warming.
“Does anything scare you?” asked Grylls.
“You know, well, when Michelle’s mad, uh, I get worried,” Obama said with a grin. “There’s a certain look that she can give me that tells me…”
Obama added that he didn’t have many “phobias” but was mostly “game” for any kind of adventure. The First Lady, he explained, was not a fan of roughing it outdoors.
“Michelle tends not to be an outdoor girl,” Obama said. “She loves hiking and she’s in great shape, but when night falls, I think she’s ready for some nice sheets.”
While Obama and Grylls were sitting around the campfire eating salmon and s’mores, he talked about his family – especially his daughters.
“They are wonderful,” he said. “Nobody can make me happier – or make me feel so stupid.”
He explained that being president was actually good for his family life because he “lives above the store” in the White House. He also talked about how he made it a point every day to have dinner with the family.
“Your goal is to make sure that your kids are a little smarter that you are,” he said, while discussing his role as a father. “You know, constantly improving the gene pool – you marry good women, you know, they’ll do a little better than you do.”
When Grylls pointed out that his daughters must be so proud of him, he reflected on his relationship with them.
“They may be proud of me, they don’t necessarily admit it right now,” he said. “They’re wonderful girls and they’re very sweet. They still love me but they think I’m a little boring.”
The president highlighted the importance of stopping climate change while sitting around the campfire in front of a melting glacier.
“We’ve got to get started now. That means everybody’s got to participate, simple things like turning off the lights, buying a fuel efficient car, maybe an electric car,” he said. “Those things make a difference, they add up.”
He explained that it was more important than ever to make dramatic changes to preserve the planet for future generations – including his own.
“I don’t want grandkids too soon, but eventually I hope to have some,” he said. “I want to make sure that this is there for them, and not just for us.”