A couple days ago President Barack Obama staged an appearance at a Florida pizza shop where he received a bear hug from the owner. That same owner now fears customers will stop buying his pizza due to his support of “You didn’t build that” Obama. The week before that now infamous bear hug, First Lady Michelle Obama asked supporters to skip pizza in favor of donating to the Obama campaign. Only in the Age of Obama can a political campaign do so much harm to one of the country’s most beloved of foods…
Scott Van Duzer, the 46 year old owner of Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant is now sharing fears that his business will be hurt due to the photo op that President Obama had inside his business that had Van Duzer lifting up the much smaller president off of the floor. Van Duzer has indicated his political support for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, support that he now fears will cause some customers to not frequent his business.
“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant.”
While Van Duzer appears to be a very nice gentleman, and certainly has done significant good within his community both as a business owner and participant in multiple local charities, he had to have known that his public display of affection for such a divisive president as Barack Obama would create controversy. It was Obama who recently angered millions of American business owners by mocking them for thinking they work hard and were smart – ultimately declaring that they were not responsible for their own success.
And then we must also look to Michelle Obama’s ongoing war on what Americans can and cannot eat. Just last week the First Lady asked supporters to not spend money on pizza – instead sending that money to her husband’s political campaign:
“You may have a tight budget, but you give what you can afford.
A woman recently told the campaign her family skipped a pizza dinner at their favorite place so that they could make a difference in this election.
That is the commitment that drives this campaign. ”
And it has been Michelle Obama and the Obama federal government that has taken an increasingly aggressive stance against pizza being served as part of school lunches. (Even though her husband apparently eats quite a bit of pizza on his own considerable down-time)
Perhaps Scott Van Duzer might wish to rethink his support of the Obama administration – an administration that is now so openly attempting to control even the most personal of individual choices regarding what we can eat and drink, or what businesses should succeed or fail. Given the anti-small business slant that has persisted within the Obama White House since taking power, the reason any intelligent minded small business would ever consider supporting such an administration does require the basic question of why?
The only reason given so far is that Van Duzer states Barack Obama is “passionate”. Ok then.
For the record, I am opposed to organized business boycotts – a method utilized often by the far left in this country. And as stated, Scott Van Duzer appears to be a man dedicated to making his community a better place. That is what small businesses so often do – that is why they are often referred to as the economic backbone of this country.
Pity Barack Obama and his administration have not viewed them the same way the past four years…