and daughters hit bookstore for Small Business Saturday
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[December 01, 2014]
By Elvina Nawaguna
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack
Obama and his teenaged daughters, Sasha and Malia, went to an
independent book store in Washington to buy books as a way to promote
Small Business Saturday, an event aimed at boosting small businesses.
"Do I get a discount for that?" the president asked jokingly while
unloading a bunch of books from his shopping basket at the Politics
and Prose book store on Saturday.
"Maybe a neighbor's discount," the clerk joked back.
It is not clear whether Obama would have taken the discount, if
The first family shopped at the same bookstore last year.
On Saturday, Obama was met by a mostly cheery crowd of shoppers and
got a round of applause when a baby earned a presidential selfie.
Over the clicking of cameras and flashes of smart-phones, one
shopper yelled: "When are you going to close Guantanamo?"
"We're working on it," the president replied. "Any other issues?"
Started in 2010 by credit card company American Express, Small
Business Saturday comes on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day, to
encourage people to spend their holiday shopping dollars at small
It is the Black Friday for mom-and-pop shops that has become an
annual tradition and has gained momentum, spawning "shop local"
movements in communities across the country.
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Last year, shoppers spent about $5.7 billion at small companies on
Small Business Saturday, according to a joint survey by National
Federation of Independent Business and American Express.
The White House did not immediately provide a list of the books
purchased by the first family.
(Reporting by Elvina Nawaguna; Editing by Sandra Maler and Gunna
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