Awkward yet laughable photographs seem to be streaming from photographers's cameras in Ohio and Central Florida on President Barack Obama's reelection campaign trail this weekend.
The Lift Off: As Obama campaigned Sunday in Ft. Pierce, restaurant owner Scott Van Duzer was so excited about the president visiting his establishment that he grabbed the president in a bear hug and lifted him off his feet at his Big Apple Pizza and Pasta restaurant. Despite being on the Space Coast, the liftoff was certainly not planned.
The Kiss: In one of the more awkward photographs on the entire 2012 campaign trail, Vice President Joe Biden was snapped innocently giving a kiss to a supporter during a campaign event at Zane Grey Elementary School on Saturday in Zanesville, Ohio.
The Biker: While at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio, Biden took time to sit with three bikers, including a female biker who the vice president got especially close to.
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The presidential motorcade stopped by the restaurant around 3 p.m. after driving from Melbourne through Vero Beach and down U.S. Route 1 to Fort Pierce. Obama bounded into the restaurant and chatted with Van Duzer before the 46-year-old restaurant owner, who said he’s 6-feet-3 and 260 pounds, embraced and lifted the president.
"Are you a power lifter or what?" Obama said. The Port St. Lucie resident was wearing gray athletic shorts and a gray T-shirt when he said he was out on a driving range and didn't know about the president's visit until he got a call from his manager about 40 minutes before the motorcade arrived.
"I got goosebumps, so excited and just overwhelmed ... just overwhelmed when I saw him -- blown away," Van Duzer said; he's a Republican but supported Obama in 2008 and will again this year.
"I believe he's passionate as I am. I'm a very passionate person and just to see his enthusiasm ... that's what it's about," Van Duzer said.
Elements from the Associated Press and from Palm Beach Post staff writer George Bennett's pool report were used in this report.