Obama gets a lift from a supporter

2012-09-10 10:55

Fort Pierce — If President Barack Obama was looking for a lift in Florida, he got one from an enthusiastic Republican.

Scott Van Duzer, a 46-year-old, 1.9m guy gave Obama a bear hug, raising him off the ground as Obama marvelled at the man's strength.

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.

As he entered, Obama admired Van Duzer's physique: "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.

  • Squeegee - 2012-09-10 11:06

    Enthusiastic Republican?

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-09-10 11:22

    So cute!!!!The guy probably changed his mind about the Democrats when he saw Obama.:-))I think Obama is a real people person.

  • malcolm.dale - 2012-09-10 11:24

    If this had been in SA the poor guy hugging the president would have been battered, bruised, thumped, thrown to the ground and generally badly handled and then charged with attempting to murder the president and a whole lot of other bits and pieces thrown in to boot. Notice the absence of the visual presence of body guards (Men in Black) - although I do see one fellow standing with his right hand on his right hip?? (Men in Black in civvies for the occasion perhaps?)

      pieterduplessis - 2012-09-10 11:35

      If this has been in SA, the guys back would have collapse under the weight.

  • vernon.meakin - 2012-09-10 11:54

    if this had been in SA the guy would have been shot by the body gaurds.

  • mfundi.ndaba - 2012-09-10 12:01


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