Obama stuns bookstore shoppers on ‘Small Business Saturday’

Posted on: 9:55 am, December 2, 2013, by

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WASHINGTON, DC — 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)

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.

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

“When our small businesses do well, our communities do well. Join me and visit a small business near you today to celebrate #SmallBizSat,” he wrote.

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

By Ashley Killough

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