November 26th, 2011
04:18 PM ET
On one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, President Obama and first daughters Sasha and Malia dropped by a local area bookstore in support of the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday. The First Family, known for their bookstore outings provided some Thanksgiving retail therapy to Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood. The family was dressed casually, with both girls wearing jeans. The visit didn’t seem like a spur of the moment decision, since the area in front of the store had been cordoned off with yellow police tape.
The President and first daughters were greeted with applause, as some stunned shoppers stopped in their tracks at the scene of Secret Service and travelling Media in the crowded bookstore. The First Family browsed together, spending time in the travel/writing section of the trendy bookstore/restaurant known for its eclectic variety of books.
The President greeted 5-year old Alexander Lee Mussehl at the behest of the youngster’s Grandmother, Susan Lee of Washington. Obama asked Alexander if he was doing some Christmas shopping. The President then responded for him “Well, we're starting early. This is 'Small Business Saturday.' So we're out here supporting small business."
Daughter Malia, loaded down with an armful of books, also said hello to young Alexander. The White House provided this list of the books purchased at the shop by the first family.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – by Brian Selznick
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever – by Jeff Kinney
Tails – by Matthew Van Fleet
Descent into Chaos – by Ahmed Rashid
The Tiger's Wife – by Tea Obreht
The Phantom Tollbooth – by Norton Juster
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – by Junot Diaz
Zen Shorts – by Jon Muth