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Obama Takes Daughters to Bookstore for 'Small Business Saturday'


Nov. 26, 2011: President Obama visits Kramerbooks in Washington, D.C., while shopping with his daughters Malia, foreground, and Sasha. (AP)

President Obama has pitched in to help small businesses get into the holiday shopping season. 

The president took his daughters, Malia and Sasha, along on a shopping run to a bookstore a few blocks from the White House

He says he made the visit because it's "small business Saturday" and he wanted to support a small business. 

The retail industry is encouraging shoppers to patronize mom-and-pop businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It's a counterpoint to Black Friday and the sales and special deals offered by department stores and other large retailers. 

The Obamas walked out with a selection of books including "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever" and "Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia."