Scott Van Duzer, the owner of the Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Ft. Pierce, Fla., lifted President Obama off his feet in a big bear hug when the president came into his restaurant Sunday afternoon, according to a White House pool report.
From the pool report:
"Scott, what's going on man," Potus shouted as he came through the door. "Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I've ever seen."
Potus approached Van Duzer, 46, of Port St. Lucie, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 260 pounds.
"Everybody look at these guns," Potus said, pointing to Van Duzer's monstrous pectoral muscles. "If I eat your pizza will I look like that?"
The two men laughed. They embraced. Van Duzer lifed Potus a good foot off the ground.
"Look at that!" Obama exclaimed once back on firm ground. "Man are you a powerlifter or what?"
Obama explained to the press that he had visited Van Duzer because of his well-known commitment to donoating blood and educating the community on the issue, adding that he has "got a big heart along with big pecs," the pool report said.
Van Duzer told the press at the event that he lifted up Obama because he was "just overcome with excitement" and the Secret Service "said I was alright as long as I didn’t take him away."