Obama Supports Small Business Saturday at D.C. Bookstore

Obama Supports Small Business Saturday at D.C. Bookstore

President Obama surprised shoppers at a local bookshop with his daughters to support ‘Small Business Saturday’. The President was in the bookstore for about half an hour and spent a good portion of that time talking to the other customers. He still managed to buy 21 books from all across the spectrum.

The president's visit the day after Black Friday to Politics & Prose, a Washington landmark, was timed to Small Business Saturday, but will likely pique more interest for sparking a regular political ritual -- picking apart the president's book choices.

The choices the President made are interesting, ranging from “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance,” by Sports illustrated writer David Epstein, James Salter’s “All That Is,” Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Lowland”, Kenneth Oppel’s “Half Brother” and “Heart of a Samurai” by Margi Preus — the last two firmly in the Young Adult category.

At the store Obama didn't say which of the books he intended to read and which were gifts. He noted only that he has something for every age, “from 5 to 52,” he said, referring to himself.

Supporting small businesses is a good thing to do no matter what time of year it is, but it’s nice to see the President setting a good example. Have you supported a local business lately? I know I have.

Image of Heart of a Samurai
Author: Margi Preus
Price: $8.15
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks (2012)
Binding: Paperback, 336 pages
Image of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
Author: David Epstein
Price: $17.01
Publisher: Current (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, 352 pages
Image of All That Is
Author: James Salter
Price: $13.00
Publisher: Knopf (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, 304 pages
Dean Fetzer

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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