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.