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Fort Pierce, FL - Obama Gets A Rise Out Of A Fla. Supporter

Published on: September 9, 2012 04:04 PM
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President Barack Obama, right, is picked-up and lifted off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, left, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant during an unannounced stop, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Ft. Pierce, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)President Barack Obama, right, is picked-up and lifted off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, left, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant during an unannounced stop, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Ft. Pierce, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Fort Pierce, FL - If President Barack Obama was looking for a lift in Florida, he got one from Scott Van Duzer.

The 46-year-old, six-foot-three Republican gave Obama a bear hug, raising him off the ground as Obama marveled at the man’s strength — and enthusiasm.

Van Duzer owns the Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant where Obama stopped on Sunday during a Florida bus swing. He also runs a foundation that helps collect blood for the ill; he has received White House commendations for his work.

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As he entered, Obama admired Van Duzer’s biceps, saying “Look at these guns!”

Said Obama: “The guy’s just got a big heart, along with big pecs.”

Of his embrace, Van Duzer said: “I was overwhelmed when I saw him.”

He said Obama had his vote.


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 Sep 09, 2012 at 04:41 PM Joe the plumber Says:

Scott should be happy the secret service didn't shoot him on the spot!

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 Sep 09, 2012 at 06:24 PM from-here_to-there Says:

they don't shoot people during staged photo op events.

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 Sep 09, 2012 at 06:53 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Fun! :-D

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 Sep 09, 2012 at 07:19 PM Melech Says:

On Sept. 13, 2001, when former President George W. Bush visited Ground Zero, while the site was still smoldering, he was met by a number of burly construction workers. They told Bush in rather salty language exactly what they would do to Bin Ladin. Bush listened to them, and stated "I agree with you". One of the construction workers was so overcome with emotion, that he also greeted Bush with an enthusiastic bear hug. The Secret Service wasn't very happy about that incident. One of them turned to Mayor Guiliani and stated "GUILIANI, IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO THE PRESIDENT, YOU'RE THOUGH!"

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 Sep 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

I saw the video footage of this just now on CNN actually! LOL That shop owner was a really big guy! Nice gentleman too! Encourages folks in the community to donate blood in his resteraunt. It's nice when folks extend themselves like that & give back. Even when they don't have to.

It's guys like this that give me hope we haven't yet COMPLETELY turned into a self-indulgant, selfish society, where it's "every man for himself".

Some of us are still living by the old fashioned ideals of citizenship & community! ;-)

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 Sep 09, 2012 at 08:01 PM ModernLakewoodGuy Says:

What a FARCE!

The only way the Secret Service would not tackle him is if this were all pre-planned. NO ONE gets near the president, let alone touches him, grabs him in this manner without the secret service knowing about it. If they dont know about it, a sniper would have taken this man out.

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 Sep 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM Babishka Says:

He couldn't have done that with President William Taft. (weighed 350 lbs.)

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 Sep 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Melech Says:

On Sept. 13, 2001, when former President George W. Bush visited Ground Zero, while the site was still smoldering, he was met by a number of burly construction workers. They told Bush in rather salty language exactly what they would do to Bin Ladin. Bush listened to them, and stated "I agree with you". One of the construction workers was so overcome with emotion, that he also greeted Bush with an enthusiastic bear hug. The Secret Service wasn't very happy about that incident. One of them turned to Mayor Guiliani and stated "GUILIANI, IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO THE PRESIDENT, YOU'RE THOUGH!"

I doubt very much that happened....SS agents don't speak to VIPs that way no matter what the circumstances. Unless you have some proof or verification, your story sounds like an "urban bubba meisa".

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 Sep 10, 2012 at 07:42 AM Mel_Gibstein Says:

Van Duzerstein sounds Jewish to me.

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 Sep 10, 2012 at 01:24 AM Smokey Says:

What a disgusting sight! A pizza store owner gets free publicity by picking up the President of the US! What if Obama has a herniated disk?. If he didn't have herniated disk before the lift, he could have developed one after. What if the president had Addington's disease, like JFK had? What if the president had a full bladder? What if the president carried a gun, like Teddy Roosevelt did? What if this became a copy-cat exercise, with other store owners, assorted friends, yo-yos in the street trying to do the same thing? I think that the Secret Service should come out with a statement warning all would-be admirers to keep a proper distance from the president, the vice-president, their wives, other candidates and their wives getting Secret Service protection, and to keep their hands off the people's merchandise.

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 Sep 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM Melech Says:

To #8- Mr. "Anonymous"- Instead of characterizing my remarks as "urban bubba meises", without any substantiation, why don't you contact former Mayor Guiliani yourself, regarding that incident? He was the one who revealed that story, on nationwide tv, several years ago. Incidentally, the correct date of that incident was Sept. 14, 2001. In times of a crisis or a potential one, the Secret Service will shout at or yell at individuals, VIP's not withstanding.

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 Sep 10, 2012 at 02:25 PM Buchwalter Says:

Reply to #9  
Mel_Gibstein Says:

Van Duzerstein sounds Jewish to me.

It is a Dutch name

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 Sep 10, 2012 at 02:27 PM Anonymous Says:

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Smokey Says:

What a disgusting sight! A pizza store owner gets free publicity by picking up the President of the US! What if Obama has a herniated disk?. If he didn't have herniated disk before the lift, he could have developed one after. What if the president had Addington's disease, like JFK had? What if the president had a full bladder? What if the president carried a gun, like Teddy Roosevelt did? What if this became a copy-cat exercise, with other store owners, assorted friends, yo-yos in the street trying to do the same thing? I think that the Secret Service should come out with a statement warning all would-be admirers to keep a proper distance from the president, the vice-president, their wives, other candidates and their wives getting Secret Service protection, and to keep their hands off the people's merchandise.

A herniated makes you limp and lifting you will not worsen the condition

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 Sep 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM A Doctor Writes ... Says:

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Anonymous Says:

A herniated makes you limp and lifting you will not worsen the condition

The word "herniated" means of or relating to a bodily structure that has protruded through an abnormal opening in the wall that contains.

While an inguinal hernia (i.e. in the groin) may make one limp, this is not the injury that Smokey appears to have meant.

A spinal disc (prolapsus disci intervertebralis) is a medical condition affecting the spine due to trauma, lifting injuries, or idiopathic causes, in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring (annulus fibrosus) of an intervertebral disc (discus intervertebralis) allows the soft, central portion (nucleus pulposus) to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings.

There is absolutely no charge to you, Anonymous #13, for this consultation as I am a British general practitioner, working under a National Health Service contract.
As such, all my advice is offered for absolutely nothing - at the point of need.

This is unlike your iniquitous system in the United States of America, where slightly less than half of the 300,000+ inhabitants have no health insurance and so (quite literally) go in fear of their lives.

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