President Continues Small Business Saturday Tradition

6:07 PM, Nov 30, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses. Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped in Saturday at Washington's Politics and Prose bookstore and purchased what he said was a "long list" of books that included "The Kite Runner," ''Harold and the Purple Crayon," and "The Sports Gene."

The president said he bought a reader for every age, from 5 to 52 - his age. He paid by credit card. The total was not announced.

Obama sent a tweet earlier Saturday about the importance of supporting small businesses. The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as "Small Business Saturday." It's designed to drive business to mom and pop shops between the whirlwind of Black Friday sales offered by large retailers and Cyber Monday deals from online sellers.

   The White House later provided a list of the books the president bought:

Half Brother - Oppel
Heart of A Samurai - Preus
Flora and Ulysses - DiCamillo
Jinx - Blackwood -
Lulu and the Brontosaurus - Ciorst/Smith
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat - Riddell
Moonday - Rex
Journey - Becker
The Lowland - Lahiri
Red Sparrow - Matthews
Harold and the Purple Crayon - Johnson
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - Marra
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance - Epstein
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football - Dawidoff
Ballad of the Sad Cafe: And Other Stories - McCullers
My Antonia - Cather
Ragtime - Doctorow
The Kite Runner - Hosseini
Buddha in the Attic - Otsuka
All That Is - Salter
Wild: From Lost to Found On the Pacific Crest Trail - Strayed

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