President Obama took the first daughters to a D.C. bookstore today in support of Small Business Saturday, picking up a basket full of titles including a classic novel on European colonialism and a book on growth in modern China.
The Obamas visited the same bookstore, Politics & Prose, last year to show public support of small businesses.
According to the White House pool report, Obama picked up a baby and interacted with shoppers, then asked the workers behind the counter of the Connecticut Avenue shop, “Do I get a discount for that?”
The clerk replied that the president could have a “neighbor’s discount.”
One shopper called out “hope you can close Guantanamo” to Obama. “We’re working on it. Thank you. Yep. Any other issues?” Obama replied before the press were ushered out and the first family got back in the car.
The books purchased by Obama, according to the White House:
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande
Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business (Junie B. Jones Series #2) – Barbara Park
A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More – Doreen Cronin
I Spy Sticker Book and Picture Riddles – Jean Marzollo
Nuts to You – Lynn Rae Perkins
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones Series #1) – Barbara Park
Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
Redwall (Redwall Series #1) – Brian Jacques
Mossflower (Redwall Series #2) – Brian Jacques
Mattimeo (Redwall Series #3) – Brian Jacques
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms – Katherine Rundell
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
The Laughing Monsters – Denis Johnson
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Nora Webster – Colm Toibin
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China – Evan Osnos
The Obamas spied another title in the store: The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House by Chuck Todd. “Oh, Chuck Todd,” Obama said upon seeing the book displayed behind the counter. “Let’s see what Chuck Todd has to say about me.”
Daughters pass display of “The Stranger” by @chucktodd. Malia heard to say their dad looks sad in the cover photo.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 29, 2014
Pres Obama with Malia and Sasha reacts to the press pool after the cover photo of Chuck Todd’s new book on him pic.twitter.com/YX5UEuAaCM
— petesouza (@petesouza) November 29, 2014