The Pictures of President Obama Being Bear-Hugged Into the Air Are Actually Real


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.


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.


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.”


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


He said Obama had his vote.

You can see video of the hug below: