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. justagoodcitizen

    I would do the same, but im broke.

    3 years ago graduated with a bio b.s. and still cant find work.

    looking everywhere, in person, online (monster, indeed, simply hired, clist, careerbuilder)

    but if i had a job id definitely support small business, full of admiration to you Mr. Prez

    November 30, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Concerned

    When asked what he bought Obama said he had no idea. Just like everything else.

    November 30, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. davecu

    To Ron L.
    You DO see the linkage between raising the minimum wage and to cost of all other services and product rising too don't you?
    NO? Think about it, just a little.

    November 30, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Aaron Kofi Barnes

    I think President Obama exhibited good leadership by coming out to shop with everyone, as well as promoting small business

    November 30, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. stopdrinkinthekoolaid

    what no "How go govern effectively" or "US Government for Dummies"?

    November 30, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. rl

    Tampa Tim, I think you are correct a website that can't do 300 maybe hits a day, probably a week should be an impeachable offense. But you have to remember he is a republicon/TBer, and they will just filabuster that.

    November 30, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. JohnT

    The only book "DUBYA" ever read came with crayons.

    November 30, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. dina

    Those people who are always negative about a president who has worked hard against all republican odds is just stupid.

    November 30, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. JeffCatlett

    Well, I just hope Obama brought his HHS Secretary the latest edition of "Websites for Dummies".

    November 30, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. HenryMiller

    "Politics and Prose has grown to a staff of 50 employees..."

    Soon to be 49. courtesy of Obamacare.

    November 30, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Tampa Tim

    You right wingnuts can just keep drinking that Cuban Cruz government shutdown kool aid. Your heroes are domestic terrorists. Republicans are dummies against websites.

    November 30, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    What? A literate president? Now I understand the Republican's witch hunt. They prefer to burn books, not buy them.

    November 30, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. debogail

    The Republifrauds who troll just say anything to demean President Obama. They show they are not too bright and in fact should be the ones reading a book. But their tea party leaders would revolt if they were required to meet any standards of competencies in reading comprehension. "How dare the government demand I know a dang thing and that government better not take my Medicare" . More proud to be ignorant Teabrains.

    November 30, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. twalk

    @Concerned . You are thinking of Sarah Palin. Obama should send GWB a big boy book to read or his wife could read it to him.

    November 30, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Terry

    Volumes 1-100 on how to ruin completely this country.

    November 30, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. crm041066


    November 30, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. Sue

    Our President setting yet another good example and practicing what he preaches. Good on him.

    November 30, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Maybe he bought a book on how to deal with republican induced global economic crises.

    November 30, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. SpgfldTom

    Shouldn't the Prez and Ms. Sebelius be working on the ObamaCare website instead of doing photo ops at bookstores? Article obviously written by an truly Obamanista – all fluff and substance free.

    November 30, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Farrok

    Good for the President he is setting a good example.

    November 30, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. sandvichmancer

    In other news, President Obama announced today that he had found the cure for AIDs while helping his daughter with a science project.

    GOP House Speaker John Boehner blasted him for his continuing support of the gay community, calling it a "political distraction to draw attention from the Obamacare website".
    Michelle Bachman criticized him for spending his time working on "personal projects" instead of focusing on the "most pressing concern of the American people, securing the border without taxpayer expense".

    The President issued a statement a short while ago in rebuttal, saying "The administration, while not supporting their status, is willing to respect the GOP's rights to stay mad and continue to be haters."

    November 30, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Wow. Looks like a lot of RWNJs are well versed in books for dummies. Guess that's why they rely on faux news
    to explain things to them. Of course, faux is a well known "media for dummies".

    November 30, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Retired Boomer

    Relax some of YOU PEOPLE. There are some of us that still read and know how to read. Stop being hate mongers and life will be so much better.

    November 30, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Best wishes to the Obama family!

    November 30, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. Nobama

    I didn't know he can read. By the way, he didn't buy the books..it's the taxpayers' money.

    November 30, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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