President's Retail Therapy for Small Business Saturday
US President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha shop for books at Kramerbooks and Afterwords, a local bookstore, in Washington.
November 26th, 2011
04:18 PM ET

President's Retail Therapy for Small Business Saturday

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

Topics: Malia Obama • Sasha Obama • The Buzz • The Family • The News • Travel Pool
Obama thumbs up to NBA Agreement
US President Barack Obama gives a thumbs up after a reporter questioned him about the NBA deal as he walks to his car after playing basketball at Fort McNair in Washington.
November 26th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Obama thumbs up to NBA Agreement


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Topics: Basketball • President Obama • The News • Travel Pool
Hurry up and wait!! A behind-the-scenes in travel pool
President Obama with world leaders attending the Open Government Partnership Event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York
September 21st, 2011
05:15 PM ET

Hurry up and wait!! A behind-the-scenes in travel pool

NEW YORK (CNN) – As President Obama scurries around downtown New York City attending various events for his official visit to the annual United Nations General Assembly, only a handful of journalists are actually right there, to cover his every move – or at least every move the White House will allow. And as usual the theme to the day for the travel pool, especially when the President has a busy schedule, is “hurry up and wait!”

The “travel pool” is a small group of journalists who accompany the President on Air Force One, in the motorcade and to the many events where the entire White House press corps cannot be accommodated. It’s made of representatives from the wires services, still photographers, one print writer/reporter, and a 3-member team representing one of the five U.S. television networks- ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NBC. The travel pool producer is the eyes and ears on the ground for all five networks and shares information in frequent reports back to the rest of the group.

The TV networks have pool responsibilities on a five-day rotation, and Tuesday was CNN’s turn to follow the president.