Melbourne, Florida, Sept 9
4:50: President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event at West Palm Beach County Convention Center
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother!
President Barack Obama holds on as he is hugged and picked up by Scott Van Duzer at Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Florida, September 9
USA Today: President Obama gets his share of effusive supporters. But in what is likely a first for the 44th president, he got a bear hug.
… he stopped by the Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Fort Pierce and met with the owner Scott Van Duzer.
“Scott, what’s going on man,” Obama shouted to Van Duzer as he came through the door. “Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I’ve ever seen.”
The president then approached Van Duzer, 46, of Port St. Lucie, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 260 pounds. “Everybody look at these guns,” Obama said, pointing to Van Duzer’s muscles. “If I eat your pizza will I look like that?”
The two men laughed. They embraced, and Van Duzer lifted Obama about foot off the ground. “Look at that!” Obama exclaimed once back on firm ground. “Man are you a power-lifter or what?”
Obama said he decided to stop by Van Duzen’s restaurant because he had done some record-breaking work promoting blood donations in his community. He’s received commendations from the White House and U.S. Surgeon General.
“I still wonder how he got these biceps, but what we know is that the guy’s just got a big heart along with big pecs,” Obama said. “So we’re very proud of him and we just want to say thank you for all the great work.”
Politico: …. Van Duzer, who said he played basketball, football and baseball in high school, said he is a registered Republican, yet voted for Obama in 2008 and plans to do so again in November.
“I don’t vote party line, I vote who I feel comfortable with, and I do feel extremely comfortable with him,” Van Duzer said.
Of the Secret Service agents possibly flipping out over Van Duzer lifting the president of the United States, he said: “He said I was all right as long as I didn’t take him away.”
Supporters watch President Obama address a campaign event on a projection screen in the overflow space in the back of the Charles and Ruth Clemente Center at the Florida Institute of Technology, September 9
Thank you Lamh!
President Obama makes phone calls to volunteers from the Obama for America Field Office in Port St. Lucie, Florida