Thursday, November 01, 2012

President Obama Gives Florida Pizza Man A Shout Out In 'Us Weekly' Magazine

President shares "5 Things You Don't Know About Me," including kissing his wife outside a Baskin-Robbins...
Scott Van Duzer, the power-lifting Republican pizza man famous for hoisting President Obama aloft during a September visit to his Florida restaurant, gets even more presidential love today in Us Weekly magazine.  In what the rag bills as an exclusive, the President lists "5 Things You Don't Know About Me," and Van Duzer--who has had loads of Obama attention--comes in at #2 on the President's list.  (Above, the President in his Us photo)

"I was once bear-hugged by a Republican pizza shop owner in Florida. I thought it was hilarious, but I'm not sure how the Secret Service felt about it," the President told Us.

Anyone paying attention actually knows most of the "secrets" the President "reveals," especially the Van Duzer story, which made global headlines.  But hey, it's Us--and it's also five days before the election.  Kissing his wife outside a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store in Chicago--and their famous appearance earlier this year on a basketball game Kiss Cam are #1 on the President's list. 

Van Druzer actually had Secret Service permission to lift up the President when he visited his Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant in Fort Pierce.  The Obama campaign loves the 46-year old crossover Republican; the President told his story during a visit to David Letterman's show in September, and also at a lavish New York fundraiser.  A photo of the Presidential lift was included in an email promoting the final Dinner with Barack contest (above).

Van Duzer also introduced the President at a rally in Florida on Oct. 23, the day after the third Presidential Debate.  The pizzaman sat with the First Lady to watch the debate.

The President's Us list...
"Obama, 51, reveals surprising tidbits about life inside the White House," the magazine notes, adding "as voters head to the polls in mere days, Obama shares 5 things you didn't know about him with Us."

1. Michelle and I have officially (and famously) been on a Kiss Cam. But our first kiss was outside of a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop in Chicago's Hyde Park.

2. I was once bear-hugged by a Republican pizza shop owner in Florida. I thought it was hilarious, but I'm not sure how the Secret Service felt about it.

3. Homeland is my favorite TV show.

4. Malia entered high school this year. I'm not looking forward to when she's old enough to go to prom.

5. I voted early in Chicago. No matter who you're voting for, there's no reason to stay home and not make your voice heard in this election. Find out how you can vote early at

The President invited Homeland star Damian Lewis to the White House last March for the State Dinner for British Prime Minister David CameronLewis dishes on the dinner.

The magazine hits newsstands on Friday. 

*Photo at top by Us Weekly, Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty; Presidential lift photo by Obama for America