Pizza shop owner fears loss of business over presidential bear hug

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Scott Van Duzer, the Florida pizza shop owner who made journalists and celebrities swoon by lifting President Obama off the ground in a bear hug, said today that people were boycotting his business over the encounter, which happened just a day earlier.

Van Duzer told Politico on Monday, “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.”

If there is a coordinated effort to boycott Van Duzer’s business, it pales in comparison to the Left’s call for a boycott of Papa John’s Pizza after CEO John Schnatter said the chain would have to pass along the cost of Obamacare to customers. Opponents flooded Schnatter’s personal Twitter timeline with abuse, and lap dog CNN even fact-checked the price hike claim.

The key in the Pizza guy situation is that he "perceives" a boycott. But I haven't seen any evidence. Maybe it's just Obama's bad economy.

— BiasedGirl (@BiasedGirl) September 11, 2012

So, does the hug shown around the world really have conservatives upset?

I have made no calls to boycott that pizza guy, nor has anyone in my TL. Who exactly are you all yelling at?

— AliceH (@Alice_Aitch) September 11, 2012

I'm afraid this just doesn't meet any threshold for a boycott that I'd recognise. Everyone is free to do as they wish, naturally.

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) September 11, 2012

https://twitter.com/Kev_Hans/status/245326267057045504

@red_red_head If the Pizza Dude just supports BHO, cool. If his parlor is a museum to a failed Presidency, I would boycott it.

— Randy Spangler (@RandySpangler) September 11, 2012

Don't boycott the pizza man!!! Just vote!

— BRAIN (@Ponderosa7) September 11, 2012

I'd boycott the pizza place if the pizza is shitty, but not because the owner is a moron.

— Justin (@theGrudgeRetort) September 11, 2012

Pizza dude, just to show you how fair I am, I'll boycott that biker gang too.

— #WarOnLeftists (@corrcomm) September 11, 2012

If Van Duzer’s pizza shop succumbs to the feared “hug-in” boycott, perhaps a Chick-fil-A franchise  — where politically motivated boycotts lead to record-setting revenues — would make for a good investment.

Update: In case you were thinking of having some Big Apple pizza to support small business, the Obama campaign itself has just released this “GIF of the day” which might make you lose your appetite. Still hungry?

GIF of the day: http://t.co/ZoUxXIFL

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2012

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