WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 30, 2013) (RESTRICTED POOL) - President Barack Obama and his daughters, Sasha and Malia, went on what has become an annual book shopping spree on Saturday (November 30), stopping at a bookstore to promote an event called Small Business Saturday.
They purchased about two dozen books, 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.
"It's a long list," Obama said while paying, his daughters, aged 12 and 15, standing behind him. "I've got books for every age group, from 5 to 52."
Part of the American Thanksgiving tradition is shopping for holiday gifts. Big box stores have Black Friday, online retailers have Cyber Monday, and more recently, mom-and-pop stores have Small Business Saturday.
Created in 2010 by credit card company American Express, the day aims to encourage Americans to spend their holiday shopping money at locally owned businesses, which have been particularly hit hard by the economic downturn.
Last year, Americans spent approximately $5.5 billion on Small Business Saturday, according American Express.