Book-buying Obama shows support for local business
US President Barack Obama (C) shops at Politics and Prose bookstore, an independent bookseller, in Washington, DC, November 29, 2014 (AFP)

Barack Obama showed some presidential support for small businesses on Saturday, when he stopped at a local Washington bookstore for a spot of holiday shopping.

His visit to the Politics and Prose independent bookstore came on "Small Business Saturday" -- a growing movement that encourages shoppers to support local merchants.

America's Thanksgiving holiday is followed by Black Friday, which sees throngs of often-frenzied consumers swamp large stores in search of steep discounts.

Along with his daughters Sasha and Malia, Obama bought a basketful of books for readers of varying ages.

When he jokingly asked for a discount, a store clerk said he could have a "neighbor's discount." The bookstore is a few miles north of the White House.

At one point, a person in the crowd shouted something about the Guantanamo Bay military prison, to which Obama said: "We're working on it. Any other issues?"

Obama has promised to close the prison, but more than 100 inmates remain.