“Obama grabs babies and lifts them up on almost a daily basis. About time he got a taste or his own medicine.” New York Magazine editor Dan Amira on Twitter.
This is what I was talking about the other day, the kind of thing you have to do if you run for office. And like I said, you don’t have to like it, you just have to mean it.
Somehow, though, I think the President likes it and means it.
The President got hugged while campaigning in Florida, but as any good reporter will tell you, there’s always a local angle. Jeremiah Horrigan found it for our local paper, the Times Herald-Record:
He was in his sweats, swinging away on a driving range Sunday when he got an excited call from the manager of his pizzeria.
"The president's coming here, in like 18 minutes!" the manager said.
"The president of what?" a mystified Scott Van Duzer wanted to know.
As all the world now knows, the president whom Van Duzer immediately ran off to greet was the president of the United States, Barack Obama.
You could say, as most already have, that Van Duzer's greeting was an uplifting experience for President Obama: after high-fiving him, he gave the president an exuberant bear hug and lifted him off the floor of Van Duzer's Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant.
But who, you might reasonably wonder, is Scott Van Duzer? The short answer is he's a local boy — he was born in Cornwall and lived there until he was 7.
Read the whole story, Ex-Cornwall man surprises Obama with big bear-hug. (Registration suggested but not required.)
You may have heard that vindictive Right Wingers with too much time on their hands decided to try to punish Van Duzer for the sin of liking it that the President of the United States visited his pizza joint by hate-spamming Big Apple’s Yelp entry.
Fortunately, sane and decent-hearted people have been coming to the rescue. At the Atlantic wire, Adam Clark Estes reports that The Boycott Against Obama's Bear-Hugging Buddy Is Failing Miserably.
Both photos by Doug Mills of the New York Times.