Should the pizza guy be boycotted?

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President Obama recently visited a pizza shop and the owner became so excited he bear hugged the President and lifted him up off his feet. Since the incident people have boycotted his shop – Glenn, Pat & Stu debate on radio whether or not that should be the case. And also, how was this guy not taken down by Secret Service? Get the story in the clip above!

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    The Pizza Guy bear hugged Obama; this was set up ahead of time or the secret service would have brough him down instantly. So it was a deliberate setup on the part of Obama for the usage in his campaign – typical of Obama, farcical through and through.

    Should the Pizza Guy be boycotted? I would have to leave that to the individuals themselves who may go there.

  • http://twitter.com/DeborahLamber14 Deborah Lambert

    And also, how was this guy not taken down by Secret Service? Get the story in the clip above! http://Wonderfuliphone5.blogspot.com

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHETWQlwxfg&feature=share&list=PL5FABE780A13D231D Rahm Kota

    I wonder if that was strtlk.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHETWQlwxfg&feature=share&list=PL5FABE780A13D231D Rahm Kota

    I agree with Pat why take a risk to eat a man’s pizza that hugged Obama really Obama is stabbing small business people like him in the back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jafkennedy Jeanne Annette Kennedy

    He has a right to Express his opinion , & feelings just like everyone else ! Free speech & free expression { within reason }
    To Boycott, or not to Boycott, that is the Question ? – The answer is up to the individual customer ! – Its hardy worth a group effort .
    As for the inaction on the part of the Secret Service . – If this was not a prearranged media stunt, then the officers on duty should be fired for there failure to protect the President !

  • Anonymous

    I would not do business with that bozo, but that’s just me. I don’t expect anyone else to have the same criteria as I do when it comes to who’s services to use.

  • new2la

    Any small business person that embraces this administration, deserves what they are getting. And no, the pizza guy should not be boycotted ; we are better than that.

  • Anonymous

    Only a stupid Democrat would think this is not a staged event, in reality the guy would be dead or in handcuffs with several injuries.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, pizza guy likes Obama? Good for him. I don’t, so I can spend my money elsewhere. Obama goes away, pizza guy goes away. Win. Win.

  • Sama

    Organized boycott? No.
    Individual decision to stay away, up to the individual.
    I guess we can be thankful he wasn’t armed or Biden would be in charge.
    But of course, like everything else about this person, it was all pre-aranged.
    Anything for the camera.

  • new2la

    It’s a faux hug…..if not, someone is not doing their job.

  • mdkrause

    I wouldn’t doubt at all that this was all pre-planned. The secret service just stands there. Come on

  • Kathy

    So agree with Jeanne Annette, this is pre arranged. Nothing from Obama was not fabricated or faked.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care one way or another about a boycott, but I’m definitely with Pat– would never go there to eat because you couldn’t trust someone like tha not to poison you. And if yo tried to sue, ODumbo would get him off e hook just like he does the rest of his sycophants. Glad I won’t be going to Florida anytime in the foreseeable future. The Great Pretender will do ANYTHING for a photo op, won’t he? Looks like he’s been taking lessonsfrom Free Willy.

  • Hunter

    The guys are making to much of a deal about this. The guy likes the President, and gave him a bear-hug. No big deal. He asked the secret service beforehand if he could do it, and they said yes. They checked his background completely, and he was fine. The president wasn’t in danger, and personally I thought it was a good humanizing moment. While everyone is entitled to their personal opinions, I will say that any person who doesn’t go to this guys shop just because he did that, is an idiot.

  • greywolfrs

    I guess I am an idiot then, because I wouldn’t go to his shop. This administration has done everything to screw small business. I wouldn’t feel the need to bear-hug Obamao, in fact, I would probably let him have it.

  • greywolfrs

    Sorry, but if this small business owner isn’t smart enough to see how bad Obamao has made it for small business owners, then he deserves what he gets. What did he think was going to happen? He gave him a bear-hug because he disagrees with Obamao’s policies? I doubt it…

  • http://twitter.com/Califrex Diane Hope Wilson

    In a request a few weeks ago, Obama himself said that a family giave up their night out for pizza so they could aford to give him campaign dollars. It was at the request of Obama not to go out for pizza, just like don’t give a wedding present, give it all to Obama! .Now if they decide not to have pizza and give to Romney instead, sounds like the same thing. Just be careful who you hug!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jalina-Susan-Stutte/1064345572 Jalina Susan Stutte

    As a small business owner I would not let Obummer step one foot in my shop! I don’t play well with MARXISTS! He is evil and I’m smart enough to know this but I figure if this guy isnt smart enough to know this then is he not smart enough to make a pizza? I say all should boycott this pizza parlor andthen when it closes, his buddy can make him a czar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.house.165 Karen House

    Maybe this is one of those business owners the Prez referred to when he said “You didn’t build that!” and the guy is so grateful that the gov’t built his for him, he wanted to hug the guy……….. Just shows that there are still those ignoramuses who he still fools!!

  • Anonymous

    Obomba should bt jmpeached along with all cronies he hired

  • greywolfrs

    Sad but probably true…

  • landofaahs

    I have decided that I will not boycott those who support or who are democrats. I will instead redistribute my spending to conservative businesses. “Redistribute spending” sounds so much more tolerant don’t it.

  • Anonymous

    Curious. Someone can pick up B.O. and give him a big hug and he’s not led away in cuffs by the SS? Has the media investigated this incident? No? Didn’t think so.
    As to a boycott, what would be the reason for doing that? If one is going to boycott every establishment/business that B.O. went to, might he not have doors closed in his face? Or do they scout ahead to see which one would be welcoming?

  • Anonymous

    Am waiting for the Chick-fil-A to open in our area. Supposed to be boycotted. Probably by the OWS gang from Oakland (CA), among others. Will have to see.

  • Anonymous

    Certainly has a better ring to it, land, than ”redistribute wealth.”

  • landofaahs

    Yep. By the way, if we see borrowing interest rates rise on the Federal level, really get ready. Nobody knows what route of collapse that the central banks and their cronies in DC will take for sure, but the collapse is coming. One piece of advice though, don’t go where govt tells you to. If you can, go into the wilderness as far as you are comfortable with your skill level. It may not be for long, but keep the ability to be mobile. I could see things really going to h in a handbasket after the election because right now it’s held together with bits and pieces, false hope, smoke and mirrors anf liberals banks propping it up. I suspect that the Fed is purchasing equities on wallstreet via the JPM etc. who owe them.

  • Anonymous

    Easier said than done, land. We live in the ‘burb although there are some state parks nearby, don’t know how they would be for living in. Because of hubby’s health issues, we will just have to ”hunker down.” Have a book called ”How to Stay Alive in the Woods.” Maybe I should give it a closer look.

  • landofaahs

    I’ll pray for your husband and you. My health is still good but my advice is for those who wish to live to fight another day. I intend to defend my rights. I’m not running from these bastard’s. And there are many around here exactly the same. This country is a powder keg that could blow with a seemingly small event.

  • Anonymous

    Plenty of small businesses have reason to like Obama.

    From Politifact:
    Obama also has passed an array of tax cuts for small businesses.

    Eight of them were included in the stimulus, the Affordable Care Act (also known as the health care law), and the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (also known as the HIRE Act). Among the cuts were the exclusion of up to 75 percent of capital gains on key small business investments; a tax credit for the cost of health insurance for small business employees and new tax credits for hiring Americans out of work for at least two months.

    Another eight cuts came via the Small Business Jobs Act, signed by Obama in September of 2010. These included: adding deductions for business cell phone use; creating a new deduction for health care costs for the self-employed; allowing greater deductions for business start-up expenses; eliminating taxes on all capital gains from key small business investments, and raising the small business expense limit to $500,000.

    Three months later, the president signed a tax bill that raised the expense limit to 100 percent of small business new investments until the end of 2011. It also extended the elimination of capital gains taxes for small business investments through the end of 2012. (For more details, see our previous fact-check that provided at least 16 tax cuts to small businesses; we rated itMostly True.)

    Just sayin…

  • Anonymous

    i have no problem boycotting him. it’s a personal choice, of course, not a directive.

    we do have to draw a line, not to be exclusionary but inclusionary. we want our country to look like this…not like that. after all, in order to educate people what free market looks like, you have to exercise free market principles.

    i do think at this point in the country there absolutely is, an us and a them.

  • Anonymous

    Well Hunter, your opinion reminds me of the movie, “Sleeping With The Enemy!” I do believe that the Chicago mobsters used to hug each other as they were slipping a stiletto into the “huggee’s” back!!! Something about keep your friends close and your enemies closer!

    You know what?? You are right . . . this guy has every right to hug the POTHUS, but WHY would the POTHUS let him? It was NOT for the benefit of the business owner or his customers . . . it was just a good photo-op moment for the Big Guy, and I bet the POTHUS didn’t remember the guy’s name fifteen minutes later! If this poor slub wants to be used, so be it.

    As for it being “a good humanizing moment,” perhaps YOU are the idiot!! It is going to take a H*LL of a lot more than a hug in a pizza shop for this POTHUS to appear to be human! From watching him for nearly four years as the Prez of this country, I am absolutely convinced this man hates our guts and would like nothing better than to see us destroyed beyond repair. But you just stay in there pitchin’ for your guy . . . maybe you will be the one who will make the difference!

  • http://twitter.com/fawnday Dawn Brayton

    The pizza guy probably asked the Secret Service if he could hug the president. What does being excited about seeing a president come into your shop when he had the pick of going to any pizza place have to do with having or not having pizza? If it was bad pizza it would be one thing but boycotting just because the president picked his shop over any other is just lunacy. Everyone’s first and only reaction to the picture should be “gee, that guy is really strong”. Not wondering if the guy is a progressive or not.

  • cambo

    Hey, if the pizza is tasty, then go for it. It is hard to get good flavourful pizza these days. As for the owner, he has enthusiasms, as the character Al Capone said in the movie The Untouchables.

  • Pam

    My son was at the pizza place last night. He said Obama was good friends with the pizza owner. I asked my son if he had a chance to tell him what he has done to small businesses and our country and he said no tomany people around. I don’t understand why on 9-11 he is in Fort Pierce Florida at a pizza shop!!!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it’s time to rethink our strategy. Funny how you hear on FOX and other so called conservative media not to boycott. Maybe that’s exactly what we should do to the Liberal businesses that fund these extremist… Think they’ll get the message loud and clear…

  • Anonymous

    @landofaahs:disqus, Always appreciate prayers. Thanks, land. The old boy sees the Doc today (Wed.) Perhaps we’ll find out what’s ailing him.

  • GmaRoses

    Personally I wouldn’t eat at his pizza shop. That was way beyond “I support” you know who. And don’t make me think for a minute that wasn’t staged. No way would the “secret” service have allowed it to happen.

  • new2la

    Be careful grey…..we need you here in CA!

  • new2la

    You will love it….good stuff. The waffle fries are to die for. LOL. You should have seen the huge crowdes on that beautiful Wed. The left don’t have it in them to boycott anything…..they really don’t stand for anything enough to make a difference. They mouth off because they are followers instead of leaders.

  • Anonymous

    What a non-issue. If the guy wants to pick the Pres up, so what? Of course it was cleared by Secret Service, otherwise he’d have been tackled. As for boycotting, it depends on how good or bad the pizza is!

  • greywolfrs

    Careful? That’s not the way I roll…

  • greywolfrs

    First, you think the Healthscare bill did anything for small businesses? You are not very smart.
    Second, you think the Hiring incentives did anything? Why would any business hire people, just to hire them? Without a demand, there is no need to hire, just because they get a tax break.
    Third, I like the “mostly true” rating at the end of your entire statement. I find it funny that someone who obviously has never owned a small business is saying this.
    Another Obamao dick sucker heard from.

  • Anonymous

    We are still a nation of free speech,you do not boycott a business that someone built, as he huged obummer, he should have whispered in his ear I BUILT THIS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.tisdale.7 Laura Tisdale

    I am a Republican who voted for Obama and will now vote for Romney. I’m
    also a member of GBTV now The Blaze. I also live in St Lucie County
    where this pizza place is. I just wanted everyone to know that this Big
    Apple Pizza is a wonderful asset to our community. At the same time
    the Zimmerman/Martin issue started, we had a tragic
    school bus accident
    where 1 boy died and 5 others were injured. One boy was in a coma and
    his skull was exposed. His family needed help financially and the whole
    community came together at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce. All of the
    proceeds from the sales for that day were donated to that family. I
    even invited others from my 9-12 project to that event. So I know that
    this man is a good man who cares about our community. I thought those
    who listen to Glenn Beck were suppose to judge a man by his character.
    If that’s the case then you should judge this man by his good character.
    He is actually “restoring love” in our community. How many of you can
    claim
    the same? And shame on you Glenn and Pat for your take on this issue
    today on the radio. Stu was the only one with any common sense. I will
    not be boycotting this establishment and I think everyone in our
    community whether they are Republicans or Democrats should stop in and
    have some pizza. Make a right judgement you hypocrites!

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.tisdale.7 Laura Tisdale

    I live in the area.

    Great pizza!!! The
    President stopped in at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce because of this
    man’s good works. It wasn’t random. The verse that comes to mind is
    Ester 6:9b “This is what is done for the man the king delights to
    honor!” It may also have been that the President wanted some of this
    pizza guy’s good reputation in our community to rub onto him. Instead
    some of President Obama’s bad reputation has rubbed off onto our pizza
    guy. However, in Romans 14:16 we are told “Do not allow what you
    consider good be spoken of as evil.” So that’s what we are doing. We
    are “anti-boycotting” because we know this man’s character.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the healthcare bill is designed to do a good deal for small businesses and for American business competitiveness in general. The hiring incentives were just that – incentives! They push people who are on the edge one way or another. That should be obvious. As for business know-how…don’t you think it’s foolish for you to write about the experience of someone you don’t know? I owned a company with 70 employees, have been a low-level laborer, truck driver, salesman, among others. Maybe your presumption in this regard is just part and parcel of your Right-wing mind set. As for your name-calling…why do you bother? Is this just a bad habit? Just reflects badly on you and your cause.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.tisdale.7 Laura Tisdale

    Hunter, you’re right. The
    President stopped in at Big Apple Pizza in Fort Pierce because of this
    man’s good works. It wasn’t random. The verse that comes to mind is
    Ester 6:9b “This is what is done for the man the king delights to
    honor!” It may also have been that the President wanted some of this
    pizza guy’s good reputation in our community (I live here) to rub onto him. Instead
    some of President Obama’s bad reputation has rubbed off onto our pizza
    guy. However, in Romans 14:16 we are told “Do not allow what you
    consider good be spoken of as evil.” So that’s what we are doing. We
    are “anti-boycotting” because we know this man’s character.

    Grey, you’re right – you’re an idiot.

    TT- You are right that this good man was being used by the President. However it was a good humanizing moment, because I went from 100% certain I was going to vote for Romney, to 99.9% sure just based on a good man’s bear hug. (Which means it didn’t really change my mind at all.)

  • greywolfrs

    Healthscare mandates coverage or the employer is fined, so either way they have to put out more money and that is helping them?
    As I stated before, hiring incentives mean nothing, a small business can not hire if the demand is NOT there. That is smoke in mirrors. Small businesses will hire when there is need, regardless of those “incentives.” I can se you are not smart enough to understand that.

    Name-calling? So, you are another dunce that does not like being told what you are. Just calling a spade, a spade.

  • Anonymous

    Small business owners – under 50 employees. Yes, health care for employees is generally good for all businesses, as is regulating our ridiculous and inefficient healthcare system. Re hiring incentives, employers are often at a tipping point in these decisions. It’s a detail of public policy designed to be incrementally helpful. As for name calling…would I be posting dissenting opinions on Beck’s site if that bothered me? (It makes me smile, because I find it revealing.)
    My point – which you again missed, even though I stated it – is that you cheapen your side of the discussion when you indulge yourself like that. Your opinion of me is not relevant to the issue at hand. So I genuinely wonder why you bother with counterproductive insults, and I guess you just told me. It apparently pleases you to indulge in the fantasy that you can pass judgment on a person you don’t know. It can also be a form of mental masturbation.

  • Bill Smith

    First of all I want to say Thank You to you Glenn, You are a true American. I live in Fort Pierce, FL and met Scott Van Duzer… sit down for this… Scott likes to call himself a Republican! Yes he does! It is true that Scott holds some charity events at his Big Apple Pizza shop. I went to a charity event last year at his pizza shop. I saw who the real Scott really is and I never went back. Scott is a liberal acting like he is a conservative, but he will tell you otherwise. Scott likes to have his name in the local papers and business blogs with his Van Duzer foundation. He likes the attention. Yes, he has done some good things and helped many people, but you do not have to bask in it. Scott should learn from Mitt Romney on his quiet way of helping people. Read what Glenn has to say about Mitt and his giving nature. I would not put it past Scott to have staged this whole Obamanation event in his pizza shop. Like I said he likes to have his name in the papers…

  • greywolfrs

    It is NOT regulating our healthcare system, that is a lie. It is regulating the healthcare INSURANCE industry. It puts no cost controls on the actual price of services. It only puts cost controls on the INSURANCE companies. Hey stupid, when they mandate everyone having coverage and the amount of people added to the system goes up by 30 million people, what do you think is going to happen? First, there will not be enough supply for the demand, which means actual COST will shoot through the roof. When the mandated 12K for coverage isn’t enough to cover those services, what happens? The INSURANCE companies lose money. When they lose money, they WILL go out of business. BANG, there’s another “healthcare crisis” and the government has to step in to “solve” that problem, I wonder what that solution could be? Maybe single payer, like Democraps wanted all along? I know, it is difficult for morons like you to see past the nose on your face.
    There it is spelled out for you in crayon, dunce.

    I know you say all that but really do dispute that you are a dunce. It doesn;t matter one can see that by the stupidity you post.

  • landofaahs

    How are things going BJV? I hope well. I have prayed for you and your husband.
    I have heard of the hardships of the missionaries that we support. o think of people in a far off region without medical care is more than I can take. I guess that is God’s way of telling me where to concentrate part of my funds. Money is no good unless it promotes the gospel and comforts God’s people. I intend to die broke……….and happy.;)

  • Anonymous

    @landofaahs:disqus, As things turned out, he had to go to ER on Wed. and was hopitalized. Discharged Sat. night. Upshot—the pain (and blood) apparently came from inflammation in the bowel. The cause? Who knows? Is taking antibiotics, so hopefully, that will take care of the matter. Am sure the prayers did help—came through 2 invasive procedures OK. Again, thanks for the prayers and your concern. Blessings on you and your family.

  • Hunter

    Why would the POTUS let him hug him? Photo-op and obviously the guy is a big supporter of the President. If you were the President, and someone wanted to hug you, would you publicly refuse it, despite him being completely safe and a large supporter of yourself? I’d call that just being a dick. And of course he wouldn’t remember his name, I’d say no President would remember his name. And of course it benefited the business owner, he gets to say he hugged the President of the United States; not exactly an everyday appearance. I can say for sure I’m not an idiot, although you seem to hold a lot of rage over a guy hugging the President. Why is that? And I would say the President is human, the photo-op just adds to that.