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US President Barack Obamis picked up by Scott Van Duzer owner Big Apple PizzPastItalian Restaurant during visit restaurant Fort Pierce

US President Barack Obama is picked up by Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant during a visit to the restaurant in Fort Pierce, Florida, September 9, 2012, during the second day of a 2-day bus tour across Florida. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages

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Updated: October 12, 2012 6:15AM



The Jackson story . . .

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, who is at home with wife, Sandi, and their children in Washington, D.C., is getting adjusted to prescription medication and life after a three-month hospital stint. “The family is taking it slow in order to ease Jackson’s transition back to work,” said a source. “It was felt it was time for him to go home but it wasn’t long ago when he apparently was having difficulty putting sentences together.”

Rahm report . . .

The massive Chicago school strike is not impacting the three children of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

◆ Why? Because they are not enrolled in the Chicago Public school system. They attend the University of Chicago Lab Schools, an elite institution which costs the mayoral family approximately $75,000 a year in tuition.

Rahm ’em . . .

The Bully pulpit: Have Rahm’s words come back to haunt him? Remember
when Rahm totally insulted Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis earlier this year during contract negotiations by allegedly using the “F” word in reference to her?

Pippen patter . . .

Legendary Bull Scottie Pippen is never dunking another basketball.

◆ Translation: At 46, and after just having minor surgery on a torn meniscus suffered on the basketball court recently, Pippen tells Sneed: “I’m done.”

◆ Hoop scoop: His last dunk was about a month ago.

Click. Click.

Sneed is told the infamous “Bear Hug” that elevated President Barack Obama’s feet 18 inches from the floor . . . almost never happened.

Scott Van Duzer, 46, a 6-3 pizza parlor owner who weighs 260 pounds and can bench press more than 300 pounds almost missed Obama’s visit to his Fort Pierce, Fla., pizzeria because of a less-than-satisfactory golf swing.

◆ To wit: Van Duzer tells Sneed he was at the range Saturday when his iPhone started ringing like crazy.

“It was my store manager, he kept calling me and I kept declining his calls, like nine times, until I finally picked up and was like ‘What!?’ and he said the president was coming to the store. And I said, ‘The president of what?’ and he said ‘the United States.’ And I got in my car and stepped on the gas and got back in time to see the president.”

◆ “I was caught up in the moment, it was pretty exciting. The president of the U.S. walks into my pizza shop and calls out my name. It fires you up, man! He came in like an everyday guy.”

◆ “My wife thinks I’m crazy. She said, ‘Stop picking people up!’ But, you know, I’m a passionate person.”

It’s the Pitts . . .

Family feud: It’s no secret actor Jon Voight and his daughter, actress Angelina Jolie, are a don’t invite’em item when it comes to presidential endorsements. Voight is a staunch conservative; it’s safe to presume his daughter is not.

◆ Now comes word actor Brad Pitt , Jolie’s fiance, disagrees with his mom, Jane Pitt, who supports Mitt Romney and the sanctity of marriage. Brad has said he would not marry in the United States until the country allows same sex unions.

I spy . . .

Singer Vince Neil of “Motley Crue” fame lunching at Rosebud on Rush Monday . . .
Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley was spotted at the Chicago screening of a documentary on legendary California pol Pat Brown at the Gene Siskel Film Center Saturday.

Sneedlings . . .

Tuesday’s birthdays: Ludacris, 35; Dick Biondi, 80; Moby, 47; Virginia Madsen, 51; Amy Madigan, 62; Harry Connick Jr., 45, and comedian Tom Dreesen, ageless and priceless.



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