Skip to comments.Scott Van Duzer, the Obama hugger: Shop facing boycott
Posted on 09/10/2012 5:44:13 PM PDT by null and void
The owner says he also thinks Paul Ryan would lose to the president in a workout battle.
The owner of a Florida pizza shop says people are boycotting his business because he bear-hugged President Barack Obama on Sunday.
People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant, Scott Van Duzer, 46, told POLITICO. Theres no middle line anymore, and thats exactly whats wrong with our country right now.
The owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla., said that both Democrats and Republicans are welcome in his store. But he also said he thinks Mitt Romneys running mate Rep. Paul Ryan whose sculpted abs are thanks to intense P90X training sessions would lose to the president in a workout battle.
I think Obama could take him, Van Duzer said, laughing. Obama looked pretty fast and pretty quick on his feet.
So is Van Duzer. For a guy who biked 1,148 miles in 31 days from Florida to Washington D.C., lifting Obama was a piece of cake err, a slice of pizza. And Van Duzer says he wasnt even warmed up.
I dont work out that much, man. Usually, its about two days per week. The bike ride was my big thing, Van Duzer said. Im starting to go back to the gym right now. I need to start maintaining.
Van Duzers June bike-trek was part of his Van Duzer Foundation, and helped raise awareness for blood donation shortages. Founded in 2008 to support a local firefighter whose house burned down, the foundation has since raised more than $600,000, Van Duzer said. Van Duzer said he rode with a few kids from the Boys and Girls Club and met with U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin to discuss blood shortages.
Obama told The New York Times that Van Duzers effort in promoting blood donations was part of the reason the campaign decided to visit his pizza shop.
One of the reasons that we wanted to stop by is that Scott has been doing unbelievable work out of this pizza shop in promoting the importance of donating blood, Obama told the Times. And so he has set some records here in Florida. He has received commendations from the White House, the surgeon general, he has galvanized and mobilized the local community and hes educating kids and folks all across the country on this issue.
Inside the shop Sunday, Obama wanted to know how to look like Van Duzer.
Everybody look at these guns, Obama said. If I eat your pizza, will I look like that?
Van Duzer told POLITICO that he packs on protein with his homemade pepperoni pizza. And the 6-foot-3-inch, 260-pound Van Duzer says he bench presses 350 pounds at six reps, usually twice a week nearly double the estimated 176 pounds that Obama weighs.
When I was in peak condition, I lifted five times a week, he said. But that was before my injury.
He tore his Achilles tendon during an intense charity dodgeball game. Mainly, he says his active, energetic lifestyle keeps him fit.
I move around a lot, he said.
I wonder if he prefers “Von Loser” or “Von Douchebag”?
oh call him a waaaahhhhmbulance already
It took six short paragraphs for this “author” to shoot a firehose of unspeakable goo all over himself.
He’s lucky that he’s only being boycotted. If he’d hugged Romney at his pizza shop, his building would have been damaged or torched, plus he’d have had his personal life, tax returns, and any other negative info that could be dug up by the left, would have been broadcasted and published non-stop.
I’d have body slammed the kenyan SOB so hard it would measure on the Reichter scale and still be registering aftershocks!
But the restaurant owner who simply (on his own time I might add) doesn't believe in gay marriage is an evil monster that hides in dark alleys and beats up gays. Probably steals the chickens he cooks.
Yes Scott, there is no middle ground thanks to your hero and his merry band of "tolerant" fascists who are trying to outlaw those who don't follow their party line.
If only conservatives would drop their pants, grab their ankles and take it like men the way those cooperative, compromising RINOs do. That's the whole problem, we won't see sense and do it all their way. How barbaric of us.
“The owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant...”
For those that may not know, “Big Apple” is the nickname for New York City. I had pizza once from another place in Florida that claimed to have New York pizza. Guess what, they did, it was GREAT pizza.
Even so, this clown threw in his hand with Obama, not a smart move if you own a business (same is true if he hooked up with Romney), and now he pays the price, of angering at least half of his customers (the half that pays).
You nailed that one perfectly.
TS dumb ass. I don’t care what you look like on the outside, if you throw in with obama you’re a puss screaming “Waaangh, I can’t do it on my own, sniffle, I need government to save me.”
Comment: Conservatives must become as nasty as liberals.
0bama? Little Timmy Geithner? Ben Bernanke?
As a restaurant owner, he probably takes in a lot of cash and under-reports, so not to worry.
This whole thing was a setup.
The Secret Service was clued in: Go ahead and let the guy hug the president.
Yea, being an obama voter is creepy enough. Going waaaaay overboard with the bear hugs was just plain weird.
Too bad stupid.
Gimme a pizza bitch! Where’ my pizza?