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President Obama Bear Hugger Facing Pizzeria Boycott

President Obama Bear Hug

Florida pizzeria owner Scott Van Duzer became a national sensation over the weekend when he placed President Obama in a bear hug. Now the registered Republican says he’s facing a boycott that could harm his business.

Van Duzer tells Politico:

“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant. There’s no middle line anymore, and that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”

Duzer admits to voting for President Obama in 2008 and says he plans to do the same in November 2012.

The effects of the bear hug were felt immediately by Duzer’s business as his Yelp page ignited with hundreds of politically charged arguments. As the New York Times reports those attacks on Yelp included:

“I will not eat from traitor’s hands and I’ll never take food from man who DIDN’T BUILD his business.”

A support on the other hand wrote:

“I recommend the ham and pineapple pizza to any pizza eater earning less than $500,000 per year who likes tax cuts, less war, an end to torture, and dead terrorist kingpins.”

Think what you would like of Scott Van Duzer, but it was his public blood drive support that led President Obama to visit his pizzeria in the first place. That type of civic-minded duty should be rewarded with more business, not threats against his livelihood.

Do you think the boycotts being called for against Scott Van Duzer’s business are justified, or should people place their beliefs behind a November vote instead of attacking an individual’s business based on their personal political beliefs?

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9 Responses to “President Obama Bear Hugger Facing Pizzeria Boycott”

  1. Cabeto Burmester

    Poor guy, Republicans are attacking him for allowing himself to have a spontaneous gesture of affection towards the President. He simply likes president Obama, like millions of people in this country, and he does not support the Republican candidate. Republicans chose to pick as their presidential candidate someone with an unispiring message, mean discriminating views against certain groups, a dark agenda against women's rights, and ZERO charisma…why are they acting with such surprise and indignation?

  2. Allen Foote

    First…what so called "registered Republican" these days would ever admit to voting for the Democrat in 2008 let alone say they planned to vote for the foriegn born Socialist a second time in 2012? Let me remind you of those Republicans that are rewarded for saying "No".

    http://www.roanoke.com/news/breaking/wb/312876

    this article is more of the continued "LIberal-Propaganda" and this Pizzeria owner is getting what he deserves.

  3. Carlos Manuel Burmester Landauro

    TRASLADALO Y ENVIAMELO. ESA HISTORIA NO SE CONOCE POR ACA. AHORA YA HASTA LA CNN, MARCADAMENTE PRO-REPUBLICANA, RECONOCE LOS DESPUNTES ELECTORALES DE OBAMA. PERO, ¿SERA SUFICIENTE EL VOTO POPUOAR REPETIDO EN LA MAYORIA DE ESTADOS PARA CONSOLIDAR EL TRIUNFO EN NOVIEMBRE?…¿COMO VA EL ASUNTO EN LOS COLEGIOS ELECTORALES?..¿.DEFINIRAN LOS DEBATES DE OCTUBRE EL VOT0 AMERICANO ?. VAYA INTRINGULIS!!!!!!

  4. Terry Weaver

    the guy is disgusting! Only in this America would anyone laughably consider re-electing this loser of a President? But to do it publicly at their own business is suicide for a business owner. Vote Obama and throw us all under the bus so why shouldn't we the people throw you and your business under the bus. To many other pizza joints out there to make me ever want to eat at this guys restaurant.

  5. Janet Noll

    A Godless convention votes in a nominee who they believe God will bless to save our nation.

    Those who have had the veil lifted see a wolf in the white house leading the sheep to slaughter. The sheep have forgotten who the real shepherd is.

    Here is the Freel Dictionary definition of the phrase 'like a lamb to slaughter': Something that you say about someone who does something or goes somewhere calmly and happily, not knowing that something unpleasant is going to happen to them.

    Indeed.

  6. Cabeto Burmester

    Este senor, dueno de una pizzeria en Florida (uno de los estados que decidira la elecccion, es un Republicano que habia votado por Obama en el 2008 y habia dicho que votaria otra vez por Obama en el 2012. El recibio, al azar, una visida del presidente Obama en su establecimiento…y en un momento de la conversacion, fue tanta su alegria que se acerco al presidente y le dio un fortisimo abrazo y lo levanto del piso…Bueno, ahora los Republicanos lo han tildado de "traidor" y han llamado por un boycot contra su establecimiento,

  7. Cabeto Burmester

    El titulo de la nota periodistica dice "Abrazador del presidente Obama enfrenta amenazas de boycott contra su pizzeria", y el comentario que yo puse dice a la letra "Pobre hombre, los Republicanos lo estan atacando sin clemencia por haber tenido la osadia de expresar, en un gesto totalment espontaneo, su afecto por el presidente Obama. El, simplemente, simpatiza con el presidente Obama, como millones de personas en este pais, y no apoya al candidato Republicano. Los Republicanos tuvieron su oportunidad y, absurdamente, decidieron escoger como candidato presidencial a una persona con un mensaje que no llega al alma de ningun votante, con posiciones malvadamente discriminatorias contra ciertos grupos, con una agenda obscura contra los derechos de la mujer, y con CERO carisma…por que estan actuando tan sorprendidos e indignados?"