Obama shops on Small Business Saturday

Published Nov 25, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama took his daughters, Sasha and Malia to a Virginia bookstore for some Christmas shopping Saturday. The White House says Obama was promoting an effort called “Small Business Saturday” to encourage shoppers to patronize mom-and-pop businesses after Thanksgiving.

Last year, more than 100 million Americans shopped at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. government. The next big holiday shopping day is tomorrow’s Cyber Monday.