Where Did President Obama Spend Small Business Saturday?

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According to the New York Times, President Obama was joined by his daughters Sasha and Malia at Politics and Prose, an independent bookstore on Capitol Hill, where they purchased books on Saturday.President Obama Spend Small Business SaturdayThe New York Times went on to report:

The Obamas bought 17 books, including several intended for children, among them titles from the “Redwall” fantasy series by Brian Jacques and the “Junie B. Jones” series by Barbara Park. The memoir “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson was also selected.

One classic made the list, “Heart of Darkness,” by Joseph Conrad, and a few contemporary releases, like “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, “Nora Webster” by Colm Toibin and “The Laughing Monsters” by Denis Johnson. They bought two nonfiction titles: “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China” by Evan Osnos and “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Dr. Atul Gawande. Also among the Obamas’ purchases were “Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms” by Katherine Rundell and “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan.


After the cashier rang up his purchases, Mr. Obama handed over a credit card. “Hope it works,” he said.

Could he have been referring to this incident where his credit card was rejected at a New York City restaurant last month?

Bottom Line:

It sounds like President Obama wasn’t quite as obsessed as we were with making smaller purchases on various American Express Cards for statement credits. I kinda like The Weekly Flyer’s loot better!

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  1. Politics and Prose is a pretty well-known independent bookstore amongst those of us in the Beltway. It’s a popular location for those booktalks you may see on C-SPAN. It’s at 5025 Connecticut Ave, NW, a little less than a mile north of the Van Ness Metro Station. It’s located in either the Forest Hills or Friendship Heights neighborhoods, depending upon your point of view. It is not, however, located on Capitol Hill.

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