Florida Businessman Scott Van Duzer Give President Obama an Elevated Bear Hug

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. (TheBlaze/AP) — If President Barack Obama was looking for a lift in Florida, he got one from Scott Van Duzer.

The 46-year-old, six-foot-three Republican gave Obama a bear hug, raising him off the ground as Obama marveled at the man’s strength — and enthusiasm.

Florida Businessman Scott Van Duzer Give President Obama an Elevated Bear Hug

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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.

Florida Businessman Scott Van Duzer Give President Obama an Elevated Bear Hug

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As he entered, Obama admired Van Duzer’s biceps, saying “Look at these guns!”

Said Obama: “The guy’s just got a big heart, along with big pecs.”

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Of his embrace, Van Duzer said: “I was overwhelmed when I saw him.”

Florida Businessman Scott Van Duzer Give President Obama an Elevated Bear Hug

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He said Obama had his vote.

You can see video of the hug below: