President Obama: urine a bit of a bind.
On Monday, NBC announced that Obama will appear on a upcoming episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoor adventure show where the titular survivalist teams up with celebrities like Channing Tatum and Michelle Rodriguez to survive for a few days in the wilderness.
This is going to be funny to watch, sure, but Obama's appearance has already escalated to gross heights: a petition on the White House's "We The People" site ("your voice in government") is calling on the leader of the free world to drink his own pee — just like Bear Grylls.
"President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Bear Grylls during his visit to Alaska, who will give the president a 'crash course in survival techniques,'" the petition reads. "If there's one thing we all know about Bear Grylls' techniques, it's that they mostly involve drinking his own urine. And so: We ask that Obama do the right thing and drink his own urine during a taping of 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls.' For science. The people demand it."
For what it's worth, Grylls isn't totally on board:
At the time this story was published, the petition only had about 100 signatures, far short of the 100,000 required to necessitate a response from the administration This is democracy in action. If the president wants to prove himself as a servant of the American public, he will absolutely smile like a donut and hail to the piss. It's your civic duty, Mr. President: don't let us down.