Obama and daughters hit bookstore for Small Business Saturday

Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:19pm EST
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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 offered.

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?"   Continued...

U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughters Sasha (center L) and Malia (center R) shop at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington November 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas