Obama, daughters go book shopping
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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.


He brought daughters Malia and Sasha, who occasionally left his side to shop as he chatted with others. At the register, when asked what books he purchased, Obama said, “it is a long list ... books for every age group, from 5 to 52.”

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