Republican Gives Obama a Happy Hug

And Joe Biden pulls a biker gal nearly onto his lap
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Suggested by duecimi
Posted Sep 10, 2012 2:03 PM CDT
Vice President Joe Biden's talks to customers during a stop at Cruisers Diner, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Seaman, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – In a weird day on the trail, President Obama was picked up and Joe Biden nearly picked up a biker gal—at least judging by the photographs. Obama visited a pizza joint in Florida yesterday where owner Scott Van Duzer hugged him so hard that the president was lifted right off his feet, Politico reports. Even weirder: Van Duzer is a registered Republican who voted for Obama in 2008 and plans to vote for him again.

Sadly, Obama's airlift triggered a war of comments on the restaurant's Yelp page, with reviewers trading politically charged one-star and five-star reviews, CBS News reports. As for Biden, he was pressing the flesh at a diner in southern Ohio when he encountered a group of motorbike riders. Saying “I know who runs the show," he called over a female biker and pulled up a chair so close that the two practically snuggled, reports the AP. Note how nervous her biker buddies are watching her have fun with the VP. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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