Bear Grylls May Have Proved Barack Obama Has Jumped the Shark

Obama/Grylls 2016? Look out!

#ICYMI: “Jumping the Shark” has nothing to do with stunt water skiing.

The reference is actually popular because of Henry Winkler, otherwise known as “The Fonz” from Happy Days. Hailing from September 1977, Arthur Fonzerelli literally jumped a shark (adorned with his classic leather jacket) in an episode called “Hollywood: Part 3.” The once popular sitcom was plummeting in popularity so a season premiere had to kick it up a notch. An innocent idiom later and we have pop culture folklore.

And now, President Barack Obama seems to have done it in 2015.

With the current hubbub going on for the trek to 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, Obama doesn’t have much left to achieve. Sure, he’s pining for speaking circuits, stumping for his pals (one chick in particular), and fulfilling the remainder of his duties, but he has a little spare time on his hands.

Although he did have time for an extreme excursion with Bear Grylls.

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Source: Bear Grylls/Instagram

Yep, while he was out pontificating about climate change in Alaska, he decided to go run wild with the mighty frontiersman himself. What’s that, PETA? A publicity opportunity of which to take advantage?

“This internationally condemned program, on which women have been bullied into slitting a baby pig’s throat and eating a mouse soaked in urine, is the last place for the 44th president to be seen,” said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in a statement. “There are far better ways to get the message about global climate change out than by appearing on this disgusting show.”

Come on, PETA! Can’t a brother go brokeback in the mountains? Not if David Spade has anything to say about it. He thinks “a president should have a little more dignity.”

And there’s the rub: It’s not that President Obama is shilling on low-rated reality shows. It’s that David Spade of all people is trolling him because he did it. Enjoy the shark jumping, Mr. President.