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Washington - Obama On Shopping Trip Promotes Small Business Saturday

Published on: November 24, 2012 10:33 PM
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President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, center, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, center, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Washington - President Barack Obama, in a bid to show support for small businesses, took his daughters on an early Holiday shopping trip on Saturday as the U.S. retail sector swings into high gear this holiday season.

Promoting “Small Business Saturday,” the third annual event that encourages consumers to support independently-owned local shops, Obama took his daughters Sasha and Malia to “One More Page Books” in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

“Preparation,” said Obama, while talking to the store owner at the front counter and looking at his BlackBerry, apparently checking book titles while his daughters stood at his side. “That’s how I shop.”

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Over the last two decades, small businesses have created two of every three U.S. jobs. To try to spur job growth, the Obama administration says it aims to cut taxes for small businesses and expand entrepreneurs’ access to financing.

Both Main Street merchants and larger retailers will find out soon if the so-called fiscal cliff that threatens to produce tax increases and automatic spending cuts in January will subdue shoppers and hold back spending this holiday season.

Congress and Obama are about to negotiate on a deal to avert the roughly $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts set to start jolting the economy at the beginning of 2013.

Asked by reporters what is needed to cushion the economic impact of the looming fiscal cliff, Obama declined to answer, saying “we’re doing Christmas shopping.”

The White House said Obama bought 15 children’s books that will be given as Christmas gifts to family members.

Last year, more than 100 million Americans shopped locally on Small Business Saturday, according to an estimate by American Express.

Small businesses taking part in the initiative use social networks like Facebook and Twitter to promote deals and attract potential customers.

Taking to Twitter himself after the shopping excursion, Obama wrote: “My family & I started our holiday shopping at a local bookstore on #SmallBizSat. I hope you’ll join & shop small this holiday season.”

The nationwide initiative that urges customers to open their wallets to local businesses follows Black Friday, one the nation’s busiest shopping days at major retailers falling the day after Thanksgiving.

The Monday after Thanksgiving is known as Cyber Monday, where deals are found on the Internet and is more often a hit with shoppers unwilling to brave long lines.


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 Nov 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM DRE53 Says:

Did he swipe his amex card?

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 Nov 24, 2012 at 11:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Hopefully, everyone was out shopping today at one of these small local shops rather than at the big box stores (and preferably waited until after havdalah to do their gift shopping).

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM trachtgut2 Says:

Anyone else feel like Obama daughter s dress like the lowest out there? I mean seriously? Is that how a presidents daughter dresses? Where is the respect and pride in being a daughter of the leader of this country??

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 12:27 AM Anonymous Says:

and was this paid for with tax dollars?
(Not his gift, but his whole trip to buy holiday presents...)
Were stores forced to close up to all outside would-be shoppers so that Obama can go in and out safely?

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 07:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
trachtgut2 Says:

Anyone else feel like Obama daughter s dress like the lowest out there? I mean seriously? Is that how a presidents daughter dresses? Where is the respect and pride in being a daughter of the leader of this country??

are you joking? what is wrong with how she is dressed? they arent at a wedding, they are going shopping on a saturday....

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 07:17 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

and was this paid for with tax dollars?
(Not his gift, but his whole trip to buy holiday presents...)
Were stores forced to close up to all outside would-be shoppers so that Obama can go in and out safely?

i bet you this store would gladly close his store if it meant the President was going to go shopping there.....anyway, quit acting like this President is only the only one who ever went anywhere. Its not like previous presidents stayed holed up at the White House for 4-8 years....

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 07:41 AM M1 Says:

Obama with a blackberry ? I thought we discussed(on VIN ) -his whole administration switched away from BB ??

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 08:24 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

Reply to #1  
DRE53 Says:

Did he swipe his amex card?

He swiped OUR amex card!!

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 09:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
trachtgut2 Says:

Anyone else feel like Obama daughter s dress like the lowest out there? I mean seriously? Is that how a presidents daughter dresses? Where is the respect and pride in being a daughter of the leader of this country??

I believe in respecting other cultures. I agree, however, that they should be dressed more formally, even if they're not on official business.

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 11:24 AM M1 Says:

Sure #3 look at the british royal family -always well dressed (I think !-maybe not ?? I'm not sure anymore )

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 02:35 PM RachelJD Says:

Reply to #3  
trachtgut2 Says:

Anyone else feel like Obama daughter s dress like the lowest out there? I mean seriously? Is that how a presidents daughter dresses? Where is the respect and pride in being a daughter of the leader of this country??

you want she should be wearing a dress, stockings, heels and a jackie kennedy pillbox hat. She's dressed like a teen going shopping on saturday. If she had dressed up, people would have criticized her for being pretentious. I wish people would lay off the first family

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 02:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

and was this paid for with tax dollars?
(Not his gift, but his whole trip to buy holiday presents...)
Were stores forced to close up to all outside would-be shoppers so that Obama can go in and out safely?

Every time ANY president leaves the white house, it is paid with tax dollars as ALL presidents are provided with secret service protection. The irrational hatred towards President Obama is disgusting. You think GWB stayed inside the white house for 8 years.

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 02:40 PM Anonymous Says:

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M1 Says:

Sure #3 look at the british royal family -always well dressed (I think !-maybe not ?? I'm not sure anymore )

President Obama and his family IS NOT the British Royal family. The are AMERICAN. You want the president's daughters dressed in matchy-matchy frumpy pastel colored coats and hats ala queen elizabetheII

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 02:42 PM Anonymous Says:

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ShmutzVesh Says:

He swiped OUR amex card!!

you're an idiot. The President pays for his own purchases and the first family pays for their own grocery budget.

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 04:00 PM Kzler Says:

Reply to #13  
Anonymous Says:

President Obama and his family IS NOT the British Royal family. The are AMERICAN. You want the president's daughters dressed in matchy-matchy frumpy pastel colored coats and hats ala queen elizabetheII

No they are not and better than the black hatted NK giving blessing to Ahmanijad for success as in Gaza and Iewih children instructed and dressed by the NK wearing the yellow star with Jude which I wore in Vienna. Prefer Hussein Barak Obama

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 06:23 PM Ulysses Says:

To #'s 3, and 9- How do you want them to dress? They are a pre-teen, and a teenager. How you seen how people dress at airports these days? Please!!

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