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In PHOTOS: When Obama got a giant bear hug!

Last updated on: September 10, 2012 13:22 IST

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Campaigning United States President Barack Obama was lifted about a foot off the ground in a giant bear hug by a pizza shop owner in Florida.

There were only 10 customers in the Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Florida when Obama arrived at around 2:55 pm. The owner, Scott Van Duzer, lifted him taking advantage of the relatively empty shop.

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Image: US 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, while campaigning across the state by bus
Photographs: Larry Downing/Reuters

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According to Politico, Obama was lifted in a bear hug by 6.3ft Duzer.

"Scott, what's going on man," Obama shouted, adding: "Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I've ever seen."


Image: Obama holds on as he is hugged and picked up by Scott Van Duzer at Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant
Photographs: Larry Downing/Reuters
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"Everybody look at these guns," Obama said, pointing to Van Duzer's monstrous muscles, adding: "If I eat your pizza, will I look like that?"

According to the report, the two men laughed and embraced each other.


Image: Obama hugs Scott Van Duzer at Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Florida
Photographs: Larry Downing/Reuters

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"Look at that," Obama exclaimed once he was put down on the ground, adding, "Man, are you a power lifter or what?"

Van Duzer then gave Obama a tour of the restaurant.


Image: Obama hugs a supporter at the Gator's Dockside restaurant while campaigning in Orlando, Florida
Photographs: Larry Downing/Reuters

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After their brief tour, Obama approached reporters and revealed why he stopped at Van Duzer's 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 said.


Image: Obama at a campaign event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in Florida
Photographs: Larry Downing/Reuters

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"And so he has set some records here in Florida. He has received commendations from the White House, the surgeon general, he has galvanised and mobilised the local community and he's educating kids and folks all across the country on this issue," he added.

Van Duzer 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," the 46-year-old Van Duzer said.


Image: Obama stops to pose with a family at the Gator's Dockside restaurant while campaigning
Photographs: Larry Downing/Reuters

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Source: ANI