December 21st, 2011
03:56 PM ET
With Christmas only four days away, President Obama did some last-minute holiday shopping escaping the legislative stalemate in Congress over the payroll tax extensions.
The president took first dog Bo with him to visit an Alexandria, Virginia shopping center.
First stop: PetSmart – where Bo checked out a small poodle named "Cinnamon," according to its owner.
On the same day the White House website asked "what does $40 mean to you?" the president spent $41 for a rubber chew toy and a large bone.
His next stop: Best Buy – where the president said, "this [stop] is for the girls now." After browsing games in the Wii section, he settled on Just Dance 3 for first daughters Sasha and Malia.
"The girls beat me every time on these dance games," the president said. "But you'll never get a picture of me (playing) because I get graded F every time."
His total bill came to almost $200 for the dance game, the Sims 3 Pets video game and two $50 Apple gift cards. As he pulled out his credit card at the big box store the president joked, "Let's see if my credit card still works."
All that shopping can leave a president hungry, so stop #3: a local pizzeria where he purchased three large pizzas to-go.
Grand total: The president spent nearly $300 on his last-minute shopping trip.
First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters are already in Hawaii on vacation. Hopefully, they have been busy enjoying the beach and not reading online about their famous father's shopping excursion! Gifts are so much better when they are a surprise.