By Erik Wasson - 09/09/12 07:48 PM EDT
Scott Van Duzer, 46, gave Obama the clean lift after Obama complimented him on his muscles.
"Scott, let me tell you, you are like the biggest pizza shop owner I've ever seen,” Obama said. "Everybody look at these guns," the president said, pointing to Van Duzer's pectoral muscles.
Van Duzer lifted Obama a good foot off the ground.
"Look at that!" Obama said afterward. "Man are you a powerlifter or what?"
The pizza shop owner, a registered Republican who plans to vote for Obama, told the pool reporter he can bench 350 pounds.
Reporter Doug Mills of the New York Times tweeted a photo of the president being lifted by Van Duzer.
yfrog.com/5e616lj President Obama is lifted in the air by Scott Van Duzer, owner of theBig Apple Pizza owner.— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) September 9, 2012