Gov. Rick Scott on Barack Obama: “He’s a nice guy. He’s working hard.”

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As part of an article almost too good to believe, Governor Grinch’s, err, Scott’s heart grew three sizes too big right before a reporter’s eyes.

Almost instinctively Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott started working the room at the Derrick Brooks Camp for Champions. He shook two small hands before facing the crowd of middle school kids.

He told the children, who are in the foster care system, snippets of his life story. He said he lived in public housing for a time.

The kids burst into laughter when they learned that the governor once earned only a penny a newspaper as a newspaper delivery boy.

“I was not the best negotiator,” he said.

Several children — who attended the event organized by Derrick Brooks Charities, Hillsborough Kids, and the state Department of Children and Families — asked questions about his donut shop.

Scott was there to serve as a role model, not a partisan political figure, and he fit the part. He even spoke kindly of President Obama: “He’s a nice guy. He’s working hard.”

You read that right, Governor Scott just complimented the President of the United States. “He’s a nice guy. He’s working hard.”

A few nice words is not the same as full-on, Crist-like embrace of the President, but I wonder what Scott’s right-wing supporters are going to think that — the horror — he said something decent about Barack Obama.

The icing on the cake? Rick Scott thoughts on the media: “The newspapers only write good things about you.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.