Jesus these people

Wingnuts Furious: Obama Hugged A White Guy

Scott Van Duzer, the charming beefy pizzeria owner who gave President Barack Obama a big ol’ bear hug the other day, says that he has been targeted for retribution by angry Republicans who are boycotting his Fort Pierce, Florida, restaurant. He was also the target of a brief war on Yelp, between negative and positive reviews, most of which came, of course, from “reviewers” who have probably never even been to Florida for chrissakes and what is WITH people anyway?

Van Duzer, a Republican who voted for Obama in 2008, rode his bicycle over 1000 miles from Florida to Washington DC earlier this year to raise money for a charity he founded to promote blood donations in St. Lucie County, Florida. Obama scheduled the campaign visit in part because of Van Duzer’s civic-mindedness. The president-hugging pizza man says that, in the wake of his moment on Youtube,

“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.”

The possible boycott of a guy who hugged a filthy leftist follows in the wake of momentary business surges for a cupcake-selling guy who refused a campaign visit from Joe Biden and an asshole baker lady who proudly told the Poors that their filthy food stamps are not good enough to purchase her fancy cakes. Oh, and there was something about the deep-seated desire of wingnuts to show support for homophobic deep-fried chicken sandwiches, too.

We are planning to start a Facebook petition in support of Scott Van Duzer. That should set everything right.

Update: PayPal linky for the Van Duzer foundation. Also, “Presidident”? How did we miss that? Fixed!

[Politico / New York Daily News]

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Doktor Zoom Is the pseudonym of Marty Kelley, who lives in Boise, Idaho. He acquired his nym from a fan of Silver-Age comics after being differently punctual to too many meetings. He is not a medical doctor, although he has a real PhD (in Rhetoric and Composition).

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    1. anniegetyerfun

      The liberals, who p0wn Yelp, have stepped up and given him approximately 7 million positive reviews.

    2. sullivanst

      Although, the backlash has kicked in – now showing a five star average on almost 3,000 reviews, apparently only 2 of which predate the wingnut freakout.

      1. Geminisunmars

        That's a really great idea. I was initially thinking of ordering some and having them delivered, but they'd probably get cold by the time they got to Denver.

  1. Cleopatriot

    I did not know you could get pizza in Florida. Must be all those elderly New Yorkers that retire there.

  2. actor212

    Man, the right wing sucks.

    There's the problem in a nutshell. When liberals have a problem with a company or a person, we just boycott them but we don't go and savage them (at least not most of us). We just nobly stay away.

    These assholes, noooooooooooooooooo, that's not good enough! They have to grind him under shoe like he's a cockroach!

    Well, all I can say is, what goes around comes around and the next time it comes around, it will be you being ground underfoot.

    With votes. And I mean that literally.

    Let's take all fifty states back

      1. actor212

        Hey now! Bereft of Republicans, Texas could actually be pretty nice! At least the parts around Austin, Houston and maybe bits of Dallas.

        Besides, we need a national garbage dump.

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          After Julian Castro's speech at the convention last week, I am going to shun you for leaving out San Antonio from your list.


          1. Isyaignert

            Yay! I'm going to San Antonio next month on vacation and will compliment the citizens on their fine mayor.

      1. Kid_Charlemagne

        Agreed. Very common topping in Italy. But, considering conservatives ridicule anything that is more exotic than iceberg lettuce, you are, in fact, an effete, chardonnay-swigging communist.

  3. anniegetyerfun

    That guy is so adorable. See? There are Republicans who aren't filled with hatred and vitriol. Remember when that was common-ish?

    1. OneDollarJuana

      That would have been Eisenhower, a Teddy Roosevelt sort of Republican. Thought of the country first instead of his rich buddies. Probably being written out of Texas textbooks right now.

    2. HistoriCat

      I think the last Republican politicians not filled with hatred and vitriol retired or were primaried in 1994.

        1. PsycWench

          Partly Fox and partly because he has these rightwing friends and relatives on Facebook that do a great job providing the false consensus effect.

    3. AncienReggie

      The first person I ever heard actually use lugubrious in a sentence was a Republican. He was a great guy and a good friend who had read Wodehouse in his youth, used to take me sailing … but yeah, a Republican. Back then they weren't all either crazy as peach orchard boars or greedy rich bastards protecting their own. Of course, Tom's dead now, but not as dead as the Rockefeller Republicans.

    4. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      Yep…well, I've only been alive since the Raygun years and was a teenager when Newt and his gang of dickhead stooges took over so I've known such Republicans in my private life but have rarely seen them as elected officials. I have read about the dreaded Northeastern liberal Republicans who helped pass the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and helped Nixon pass the EPA, Affirmative Action, etc. I know LaGuardia was a VERY liberal Republican who absolutely loved the New Deal. This bunch we have now all hail from what was a sliver of lunatics like the Hunts that Eisenhower once derided as "their numbers are negligible and they are stupid"…then the New Right came along…and now we have these prancing jackasses…

      1. finallyhappy

        Only alive since the Raygun years and I was already a federal employee when his administration did a witchhunt on projects at my agency. We somehow couldn't find a lot of the files they were looking for(pre-computer and huge storage rooms and the people doing the witch hunt were pretty stupid.

  4. MacRaith

    You could have just stopped the headline at "Wingnuts Furious: Obama". What excuse they're giving for their fury today is immaterial.

      1. anniegetyerfun

        You might get away with merely "wingnuts" at this point. All they can do is have cardiac events over this shit, anyway.

  5. SpeedoFart

    Remember kids: It's patriotic to hate on them poorz and leftists. Hugging a Democrat is downright seditious!

    1. sullivanst

      Fuck those nation-dividing commie bastards! The country should be united… in hating all Democrats and also all Republicans who ever say nice things about Democrats!

    2. Willardbot9000_V2.5

      Sharing AIR with a Democrat is treason! Besides, what's with this "sharing" anyway, you some kinna commonist? Ghey? Aborted fetus evolutionist? Huh?

      By the way, that name is awesome…I have a sneaking suspicion it's related to Chris Christy visiting the jersey shore…but that's hilarious.

  6. ChrisM2011

    Conservatives really do have goldfish brains. Weren't they JUST whining about this type a behavior a mere MONTH ago during their Chick-Fil-A rapture?

  7. SexySmurf

    Van Duzer, a Republican who voted for Obama in 2008, rode his bicycle over 1000 miles from Florida to Washington DC earlier this year to raise money for a charity he founded to promote blood donations in St. Lucie County, Florida.

    Do you think we can get Wingnuts to start boycotting blood transfusions?

    1. sullivanst

      They're suckers for Biblical snake-oil salesmen, so there's a chance they could all be converted to Jehovah's Witnesses. That'd do the trick.

  8. kissawookiee

    See how easily Mr. Pizza swept him off the ground? Clearly: Kenyan, Communist, and light in the loafers.

  9. SoBeach

    Even the republicans I know realize that the right has completely Lost Its Shit.

    Some may disagree, but I think the solution is merciless ridicule. These people aren't going to change their minds. Best we can do is make it so normal people don't want to be associated with them in any way.

    1. eaglewon

      it'll be self destruction. When you put out that high degree of hate and racism, it comes back to you, seasoned and much more deadly. But their too stupid to understand that. Blinded by rage.

    1. UW8316154

      If I get a linkie, I'll do the same…(hint hint)

      Ah – looks like Doktor Zoom just took care of business….

  10. Blunderthing

    White people get angry when you hug their whiteness too hard. Or too deep. Or too soul achingly sweet. Or too…whew…is it hot in here?

  11. MinAgain

    Is there an address on that charity website? 'Cause I feel like writing someone a check and putting "Have you hugged a president today?" on the memo line.

      1. UW8316154

        Would you please put this up at the end of the story? I gave the guy some money, and think it woudl be awesome if people here showed our support by doing what we can – even if it's just $5 of something.

    1. MinAgain

      Thanks for the info. I sent them a couple of bucks. I would have given blood in his honor, but I just donated over the Labor Day weekend at D*C.

  12. BaldarTFlagass

    Between this and the "Michelle's dress" foofaraw last week, I think the Republicans just sewed this election up.

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      The owner did ask the SS first. I was anxious for the Pres as I thought it might startle him.

      ETA: I was wrong.

    2. tessiee

      OK, not to be TOO much of a grammar nazi, but if you mean:
      "Where was the Secret Service? Rounding up hookers?"
      Then the answer is, Probably.
      If you mean:
      "Where was the Secret Service rounding up hookers?"
      Then you should probably ask them that.

  13. crybabyboehner

    This guy hugged a black person, AND he rode his bike a long way, so there's no telling what he puts on his pies.

  14. coolhandnuke

    "There’s no middle line anymore, and that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”

    The middle line you refer to Mr. Pizza Man, has moved and been pushed so drastically to the right in the past thirty years, and that is what's wrong in this country.

  15. Lazy Media

    Pizza man there is a total RINO, like all Republicans who don't deserve to be shot out of a cannon into a manure pond.

  16. UnholyMoses


    "Moderate Republican hugs other moderate Republican. Batshit crazy Republicans go batshit crazy."

    1. actor212

      Guy's about my size. I ride.

      It looks like he got bikes donated by Felt Bikes. They make some awesome road bikes. I'd be surprised if one of the US bike makers hasn't been in touch with him by now to give him some American lovin'

  17. BaldarTFlagass

    Of course, with a name like Big Apple and its New York connotations, I'm sure that most Republicans wouldn't set foot in there anyway.

  18. TootsStansbury

    Between the God squads and the Goon squads I think it is safe to say the terrists won. Happy 9/11 everyone!

    1. b[redact]opple

      I thought he said he was going to quit. Last week, on the twitterz.

      But shouldn't there be "an important announcement regarding your Wokette?"

    2. horsedreamer_1

      Writing for Grantland? Meaning, Jim likes his Cali based editors to be big boobs, not have big boobs?

    3. fauxcault

      Yeah, and notice he's changed the description to "Ex Gawker/Wonkette, current Guardian/Salon/Grantland contributor." I've been hoping for an explanation for why he's left, myself. Because I'm hopelessly naive about Wonkette's behind-the-scenes goings-on, I can't tell how much of the Rebecca-was-on-acid stuff to take at all seriously (the whole "Jim is probably going to quit because of how we left him all day yesterday and then ran out of battery and never checked in and were just on acid all night like a fucking hippie 17-year-old girl…" from the "Dave Weigel is a Crazy Bitch" post); and thus I don't know if Jim's tweets are just playing along with that narrative (e.g. "I'm still sad that Gary Johnson wasn't able to borrow Wonkette's convention pass last night from the editor on acid whose phone was dead") or if there was indeed some sort of falling out between them. I'm guessing it's all for fun and there's no actual drama there, but it'd be nice to know what the story is then.

    1. OneDollarJuana

      It's a user-feedback site. Seems pretty good for finding motels and diners. I use it for trip planning. It's also entertaining to read the long-winded reviews from prissy, self-involved whiners who will spend half an hour writing a scathing screed against some very good diner because they saw a fly in the parking lot.

    2. OneYieldRegular

      You really don't want to know. It's where people go to complain subconsciously about their botched first dates and their miserably petty lives by blaming everything on a waiter who forget to bring them water or a plate of Kung Pao Chicken that didn't have enough peanuts.

    3. ProgressiveInga

      Hey, I found an Afghan restaurant in MD on Yelp last night and it was delicious. And full of Afghani's. Suck it, wingnuts!

      True story.

  19. randcoolcatdaddy

    The Rightwing Nuts are just mad at him because he's trying to get people to donate blood, rather than sell it and let the free market sort it out.

  20. OldWhiteLies

    One wonders if there has been, over the last few years, a mathematically and clinically demonstrable increase in exhaustion deaths resulting from overindulgence in [faux] outrage among a certain US demographic. Seems likely.

    One wonders if it can further be demonstrated that this overindulgence in said [faux] outrage has indeed thus hastened said US demographic's worst fear of becoming a minority in said US.

    One sees a true irony. One smiles. This one actually looks forward to aforementioned minority status – especially if above posit proves correct. Tee hee, also.

  21. SayItWithWookies

    Well it's nice to see that so many wingnuts took time out from their busy schedule of creating jobs to trash a small independent businessman who does valuable charity work. Because hey — if you don't believe everything the crazies do, your good deeds, entrepreneurial spirit and patriotism are clearly an empty sham.

    1. actor212

      That's the weird thing about this.

      Apart from hugging the Prez, the guy could easily fit in with any number of evangelical fundie nutbags: he raised funds for a local ministry, Tim Tebow (!) endorses him, he seems to be the type to go to church every Sunday and twice on Christmas.

      Like I said, fit in with any fundie nutbag, except he gets it and realizes life isn't about hating people, it's about doing the right thing with your neighbors and community.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Yeah, well "doing the right thing" is now the wrong thing with these fucktards. They want their TV, radio, books, magazines, schools and "news" — and now their pizza — to be 100% rightwing fundie bullshit.

    2. YasserArraFeck

      Goes to show that in the fevered 'Tard mind, the blahness of the Presidents skin trumps all of their other bullshit

    3. Doktor Zoom

      You can't get to heaven through good works. Just faith.

      (I have GOT to stop spending so much time in that homeschool textbook)

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        The Salafists can out-crazy Jones by a country mile… they're the nutjobs who've been vandalizing cemeteries in Libya, because all monuments are heresy. I say we match 'em up with Jones' crew and the Westboro Baptist cretins, four at a time, in a steel cage match. Last one standing moves on to the next round.
        Even split 50-50 with Al Jazeera, the pay-per-view ought to be worth a fortune.

  22. Chet Kincaid_

    Sorry, my cognizance is dissonating right now, because someone resembling that stereotype is supposed to be polishing his assault rifles to get his country back, not power-bro-hugging that damned Kenyan!

    1. YasserArraFeck

      It's OK, he's lulling the Blah Soshulist into a false sense of security, so some other big white patriot can gettim later

  23. carlgt1

    I guess they're also refusing to give blood donations since this is Scott's big cause and why Obama stopped by for the visit? Of course, donating anything sounds "communist" to these clowns….

    1. Thurman Munster IV

      Use Ian's in Madison. They fed thousands of lefties during the anti Walker rallies in '011. Folks from Egypt ordered pizzas for us.

  24. Guppy

    There’s no middle line anymore, and that’s exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.

    Yeah… still not shopping at Target, Best Buy or Staples.

  25. Warwhatgoodfor

    I can't even imagine the response from the right wing wankers if the white guy had hugged Michelle instead. Well, actually I can, but it's hard to find good hemp these days.

  26. Steverino247

    I am fortunate in that most of my Republican friends are like this guy. They know I'm an atheist, vote Democratic, etc., but they're reasonable people who respect that I have a different point of view. They're also the same guys who called me within 30 minutes of Sarah Palin being named as VP candidate, asking "Tell me about Obama." They're out there, guys. They really are.

      1. Steverino247

        Something along the lines of

        "What the fuck are they thinking?"

        "I really want to vote Republican, but there's none running."

        "I could have voted for Huntsman, but then the crazies took over."

        It amuses me deeply (which I take GREAT pains to conceal) when they blast their own party's candidates as being un-electable extremists incapable of putting the needs of the country first over some insane ideology.

        1. Geminisunmars

          Well maybe someday, when the nutbaggers are fizzled out (please please be soon) they might be able to return to some sort of functionality. But until Rove, Cheney, and Norquist are dead and buried (with votes, presumably) this isn't likely to happen. I hope the sane ones will vote for Bamz, or at least just stay home.

  27. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Pizza man needs dough? I sent in a batch.
    What he really needs is local publicity, so all the communist/socialist/muslin/sane people in town know where to go for pizza.

  28. smitallica

    Short version: The wingnuts know they're gonna lose to the black guy they hate—AGAIN—and it's driving them fucking INSANE.

    1. Dashboard Buddha

      It will be fun to watch their heads explode this November, eh? Unless they really go off the rails and hurt which case they should be hunted down* like dogs.

      *with votes of course.

  29. owhatever

    See what happens? See! Ole Bubba tried to warn you, but noooo, you won't listen. We will secede from the Union and take God with us.

  30. anniegetyerfun

    I wish I could donate blood, but the blood people are always, like "Oh, noes, you have teh diabeetus, go away."

  31. Come here a minute

    It would be great if there was a way for Obama supporters to help this guy, but unfortunately he doesn't sell chicken sandwiches.

  32. mrchokeys

    I have to admit that the republicans are making Obama look good. It's almost as if someone wants them to. It's still a one party state, and the core neocon agenda advances without regard to which "party" is in power. The nature of the political arguments have taken on the sad quality of slaves debating which overseer will be more generous with the food rations, and more sparing with the whip.

  33. Gleem McShineys

    Yeah, no wonder the Republicans are calling him a fake. Every Republican knows hoverrounds can't go 1000 miles.

    1. TribecaMike

      Mark my words, those companies hawking "free" Hoverounds on TV are going to bankrupt Medicaid. But maybe then we'll go back to riding mastodons like our grandparents did.

  34. Woodshedding

    Thanks for the update. I sent him $10 which is a lot for po' retired-with-no-income moi.

    Now I have to cross my fingers that Paypal doesn't do a wikileaks and decide to freeze his funds.

    As a child, it was clear to me that a lot of kids were dumb. I didn't hate them, it was just an obvious fact. In my teen years I became aware that it was prejudicial to voice that, though, so I tried to be more tolerant.

    Now I DO hate them. Especially today (9/11). The problem isn't the 1%, it's the 80+% who believe the 1%.

  35. Isyaignert

    A lot of people are still fighting the Civil War (what an oxymoron) because they won't accept that the South lost or the fact that there's a blah man in the White House.

  36. TootsStansbury

    I am mailing munniez to nice bear hug man's foundation. Thanks Wonket.

    Elizabeth Warren too.

    Waving my silly librul money wand tonight. Every little bit helps said the fly who pissed in the ocean.

  37. ttommyunger

    Had to have been scripted, otherwise the SS would have no doubt lit that dude up when he made a play for the POTUS. Great photo op and story regardless. More, please. ps: can you imagine the look of horror on Mittens face if a big dude ever grabbed him in a bear hug?

  38. Biel_ze_Bubba

    I cannot wait to see what national publicity, plus this guy's winning personality, plus the asshattery of the wingnutz, does for his foundation. Absolutely the best outcome would be him thanking the nutters for bringing him a shitload of money. And selling a shitload of pizza, too, also.

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