President Obama took part in Small Business Saturday by heading over to Politics and Prose, a locally-owned bookstore in Washington, D.C.
Wearing a brown leather coat and tan sweater, the president mingled with customers and wished them happy holidays.
In all, Obama purchased 21 titles, including, “All That Is” by James Salter; “Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football” by Nicholas Dawidoff and “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as "Small Business Saturday" to champion economic benefits that small businesses bring to communities. It is an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Earlier Saturday morning, Obama went to play a basketball game at the FBI headquarters in downtown Washington. He paused the game to send out a tweet in celebration: “When our small businesses do well, our communities do well. Join me and visit a small business near you today to celebrate #SmallBizSat. –bo”
Full list of books Obama purchased:
Half Brother – Kenneth Oppel
Heart of A Samurai – Margi Preus
Flora and Ulysses – Kate DiCamillo
Jinx – Sage Blackwood
Lulu and the Brontosaurus – Judith Viorst, Lane Smith
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat – Chris Riddell
Moonday – Adam Rex
Journey – Aaron Becker
The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance – David Epstein
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football – Nicholas Dawidoff
Ballad of the Sad Cafe: And Other Stories – Carson McCullers
My Antonia – Willa Cather
Ragtime – E. L. Doctorow
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
All That Is – James Salter
Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed