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Obama stuns bookstore shoppers with surprise pop in on Small Business Saturday

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President Obama stunned bookstore shoppers by making a surprise appearance at a Washington, D.C. bookstore on Small Business Saturday, reports ABC news on Dec. 1.

The Commander-in-Chief was joined by his two daughters, Sasha and Malia. The First Family popped into a locally owned, non-chain bookstore called Politics and Prose, located in Northwest Washington.

Casually dressed, the President and his daughters walked out with about two dozen books in what has become an annual holiday book shopping spree for the Obamas.

“It's a long list,” Obama said of the books they purchased. “I've got books for every age group, from 5 to 52.”

On the list of reading this year included including "The Lowland," by Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe: Other stories" by Carson McCullers, "Red Sparrow" by Jason Matthews, and "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini.

Obama Tweeted out his intention to visit some small businesses earlier in the day, although he withheld where he was planning on visiting that afternoon.

“When our small businesses do well, our communities do well. Join me and visit a small business near you today to celebrate #SmallBizSat.”

Small Business Saturday was conceptualized by American Express and created in 2010 as a counterpart of sorts to Black Friday. While the day after Thanksgiving features big box retailers marking down mass goods, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to support their communities by patronizing locally owned businesses.

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