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Article posted: 11/24/2012 3:56 PM

Obama buys books to promote independent shops

President Barack Obama shakes hands Saturday outside a small bookstore in Arlington, Va.

President Barack Obama shakes hands Saturday outside a small bookstore in Arlington, Va.

 

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By Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Va. -- President Barack Obama made a quick trip to a Virginia bookstore for some Christmas shopping.

The president took his daughters, Sasha and Malia, to One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., on Saturday afternoon.

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The White House says Obama was promoting an effort called "small business Saturday" to encourage shoppers to patronize mom-and-pop businesses after Thanksgiving.

At the store, Obama held up his BlackBerry, apparently looking up a book title as he spoke with shop owner Eileen McGervey. He said "preparation" was the key to his shopping.

Obama brushed off a reporter's question about the looming "fiscal cliff," saying "we're doing Christmas shopping."

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

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