Obama does some 'Small Business Saturday' shopping
November 30th, 2013
02:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama does some 'Small Business Saturday' shopping

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama continued what's become an annual post-Thanksgiving tradition by stopping at a bookstore for Small Business Saturday.

With his two daughters alongside, the President went to Politics and Prose in Washington to pick up a few books, telling reporters he bought a "long list" of titles for every age group, including his own. (Read the full list below)

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The President chatted at length with several customers, while his daughters, Sasha and Malia, browsed.

He went to the cashier to make his purchase after about 20 minutes. As he left the shop, the President wished everyone a "great holiday," and customers applauded.

Started by two people in 1984, Politics and Prose has grown to a staff of 50 employees and is known as a popular spot for book discussions and readings, with daily visits by authors.

First lady Michelle Obama, who was not with the family Saturday, held a book signing at Politics and Prose in May to promote “American Grown,” a book about the White House garden and her campaign against obesity.

Last year, the Obamas shopped at a different bookstore - One More Page Books - in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Virginia.

Small Business Saturday is a tradition started by American Express in 2010.

In 2011, they went to Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café in Washington.

List of books purchased by Obama, according to the White House:

“Half Brother” by Kenneth Oppel
“Heart of a Samurai” by Margi Preus
“Flora and Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo
“Jinx” by Sage Blackwood
“Lulu and the Brontosaurus” by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith
“Ottoline and the Yellow Cat” by Chris Riddell
“Moonday” by Adam Rex
“Journey” by Aaron Becker
“The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri
“Red Sparrow” by Jason Matthews
“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” by Anthony Marra
“The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance” by David Epstein
“Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football” by Nicholas Dawidoff
“Ballad of the Sad Cafe: And Other Stories” by Carson McCullers
“My Antonia” by Willa Cather
“Ragtime” By E.L. Doctorow
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
“Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka
“All That Is” by James Salter
“Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed

Obama also encouraged Americans to take part in Small Business Saturday via Twitter on Saturday.

Attorney General Eric Holder, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other members of the President's Cabinet also promoted shopping at locally-owned stores. The Small Business Administration's chief post, a Cabinet-level position, is currently held by an acting administrator.

A number of Republican lawmakers on Captiol Hill also urged followers to take part in the relatively new tradition.

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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Best Days

    Dena, THANK'S .Some people are so negative and stupid.I think that they should vacate our country.God bless our PRESIDENT. I am a proud DEMOCRANT. I am anxiously wait to cast my vote for our next PRESIDENT, HILLARY CLINTON.

    December 1, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. Cindy

    Perhaps if he read less and concentrated on running our country more.....

    December 1, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. flare68

    Whatever is sad of our President, you can all agree that this type of story was NEVER posted about the idiot that ran our country into the ground before.

    December 1, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. NameAndy

    Sure wish I could afford to buy kids gifts as well as keeping our family doctor. Merry Christmas super cool leather jacket-wearing president.

    December 1, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. Richard in Houston

    To Davecu
    Acutally you are wrong. Give people more money they then buy more product. More product bought the lower the cost to make something. So then cost goes down. It called econ 101. Think about and read a book not right wing propaganda.

    December 1, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Fair is fair

    I want bush back!!!

    December 1, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. DrNate

    Sorry he wasted his money on "Red Sparrow" – mediocre writing with softcore elements.

    December 1, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. RonL

    To: Davecu
    Yes, I am fully aware that raising the minimum wage will have an effect on the cost of some items. Everyone needs to check HISTORY not my opinion or anyone else's. Every time the minimum wage has been raised, inflation did not jump, and the economy did grow. You see what many people don't know is labor is 23% or less of the total cost of a item. Another thing everyone needs to truly understand is if the minimum wage of 1971 had been adjusted yearly to inflation it would be around $12.00 a hour. As I stated before, we need to get FULL TIME working Americans a reasonable living wage so they don't have to receive SNAP to feed their families...IS THAT REALLY ASKING TOO MUCH??

    December 1, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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