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Video || Obama Purchases Books with Sasha and Malia

President Obama and his daughters plugged Small Business Saturday with a trip to a local Washington bookstore.


These are the books they bought:

– Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande
– Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business (Junie B. Jones Series #2) – Barbara Park
– A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More – Doreen Cronin
– I Spy Sticker Book and Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo
– Nuts to You – Lynn Rae Perkins
– Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones Series #1) – Barbara Park
– Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
– Redwall (Redwall Series #1) – Brian Jacques
– Mossflower (Redwall Series #2) – Brian Jacques
– Mattimeo – Brian Jacques (Redwall Series #3)
– Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms – Katherine Rundell
– The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
– The Laughing Monsters – Denis Johnson
– All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
– Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
– Nora Webster – Colm Toibin
– Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China – Evan Osnos

And on Sunday, the president went golfing at Joint Base Andrews. Looks like some of the usual White House aides were with him.

Not counting a brief trip to the driving range the Sunday before, this is Obama’s 48th golf outing of the year and the 205th of his presidency.

83 thoughts on “Video || Obama Purchases Books with Sasha and Malia”

  1. I read that Melia pointed to a book entitled The Stranger by Chuck Todd and said “Sad.” Then Obama replied “Chuck Todd is sad.”
    As I had never heard of the book, I looked it up. Chuck Todd, surprise, surprise, had made some unflattering comments about Obama in his book.
    I would like to read it now….never thought I would even consider a book by Chuck Todd. I thought he always sucked up to Obama, especially after he said that talking to Obama was “nourishing.”

    1. That comment between Obama and Malia seemed staged, and if you went through the booklist, each title was probably thought out to serve a certain PR purpose.

          1. No kidding. I read Valley of the Dolls age 14, Kinsey -sp? & the Harrod Experiment before I was 17. Junk reading, really, but interesting as a Catholic teen.

        1. Julie, I am like Star…wondered why he had never read it and yes, I do think the comments between the two and the entire shopping expedition were staged…like everything this man does.

    1. In the past, I suggested that the President get a new hobby, but who could have predicted that he would take up sticker books, and reading children’s books?
      Seriously: who is reading those books written for children, and why on earth did he make a public show of buying them?

    2. Remember how the left said George W. Bush was stupid and ignorant. Someone, don’t remember who, thought he was illiterate. They go on and on about “My Pet Goat.” The Obama girls, I’m sure have outgrown Junie B. Jones and sticker books, must be for some younger friends and family? Either that or Obama just wanted to appear like he was interested in something to do with his daughters.

    1. Obama, the official Community Destroyer of the United States, doesn’t read or think or reflect. He reacts, he blusters, he spins the truth, he marches his followers around in circles. He’s read and taught his Alinsky. That’s all this character understands, or will ever understand.

  2. Why hasn’t the first lady been with the fam? Didn’t see her at the turkey pardon and now no mention of her at the bookstore. Do I smell a rift.

    1. MrsO was at home in the kitchen whipping up some tasty turkey leftovers for the family. She’s probably started baking the Christmas cookies, too. Busy lady.

          1. Just looked at that one today…The family sweet smile…Yikes!
            I do remember that Michelle’s mom was said to be a real pain in hotels in China…snapping at anyone who came near her.
            Legacy to Princeton for the niece?
            I guess that Malia will be headed to Harvard or Columbia (where no one remembers Barack).

    1. Yeah–heard about that–a meeting on Ferguson–that ought to add a lot. Maybe he needs to view Scarborough’s rant this AM–from the heart. How Brown was not really the ideal poster child people to get something going.

      1. Doesn’t matter, Michael Brown will be forgotten within a few weeks. This is all about keeping the riots I mean protests going for the next 2 years and keep them in the headlines instead of what is the real problems from Iran/ISIS to ObamaCare & the Economy. Obama is no longer interested in anything outside of being an activist for things that matter to the community organizer in him and exactly revenge on the GOP for “ruining his presidency” (which is a bunch of bull, the GOP did not ruin his president – he and he alone ruined his presidency).

        I honestly think this is a golden moment in time for the GOP to show true leadership and give an alternative narrative of a group of people working together to solve the real problems that face us today. Imagine if the Republicans come out of the gates in the next Congress and pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan, fixes to ObamaCare that make sense and a long term fiscal policy plan that is not built on gimmicks. People will see the GOP as the party of solutions or at least talking about problems that concern them while President Obama has a hissy fit and continues trying to divide people on race for personal satisfaction (he cannot run for a third term so this isn’t even about political gain anymore). My fear is the Ted Cruz of the world will not let that happen and they will just spend the next two years having their own hissy fit about what Obama is doing instead of doing what they were elected to do – govern.

        1. Thoughtful comment on a silly thread. I agree that this is a golden opportunity for the Republicans. Things are just going to keep moving toward anarchy for the next two years.

      2. I have a couple of questions about the St. Louis Rams coming out on the field with their arms up. One, did all players do it? Well, it really doesn’t matter because the franchise allowed the first players on the field to do it so it must have given approval. Two, does anyone know how the stadium responded?

      1. The author compares how we care for our sick elderly with how it’s done in India.

        He’s a long-time political hack for the Progs. First, he campaigned for Hart, then Gore and then Bill Clinton. He worked for Hillary on her task force before he went back to medical school.

        1. If I remember the Mother Teresa story, don’t the Indians just put the old and sick out on the street to die, at least the poor ones? And while they’re at it, they should channel the Eskimos who put them out on ice floes or abandoned them in a blizzard.

          1. I wrote a spec piece for the New Yorker on how Gewande with all his paradigms has no clue what real-life medical care is like–they didn’t want it because they said it was true–they wanted finctional humor.

          2. I saw a story in one of the Brit papers about a man suffering from gallbladder pain who called for the ambulance service and was told to have someone call back when he was unconscious. Well, he died in great agony. I’m not afraid of dying, but this is what I’m afraid of.

          3. Those NHS stories in the UK press are really sad. There seems to be at least one every day–patients left in corridors and forgotten, patients fed unedible food, patients asking for water and being ignored, patients lying dead in bed all day and no one on staff noticing, wrong meds given, or no meds given at all, etc. And then the Care Pathway. Just amazing.

  3. A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More

    Is this a joke? “How does the cow go?” Come on! Also, I am the antri-Gawande. This makes me so tired I could cry right now…

  4. Not a book list one would expect from such a widely acknowledged cerebral person. Maybe they are all gifts for his less than cerebral cabinet and advisor team, some diverting material to take their minds off the mess they continue to create. Alternatively, perhaps he is commencing a reeducation program for his WH chum gang. Don’t look now but it is just a little late.

        1. Darn, really? We were all thinking the same thing–the girls could not laugh or pet the turkey for 10 mins to save their lives or justify their lavish existence. This apology thing is getting out of control.

  5. How many Christmas Trees this year throughout The White House? They always have these massive displays, shuffle a few military families past, hand them each a cookie, then it is off to Hawaii.

  6. About the only positive thing I can say is at least he did not buy that dog called The Interestings or more sappy Jonathan Franzen, or even the latter day bleeding heart Stephen King. How he missed The Goldfinch, I will never know.

  7. Every year on Small Business Saturday Obama heads to the bookstore. You see in Obama’s mind this is the type of “Small Business” all good libs think the U.S. should be patronized. Please; no messy CO2 polluting jobs, defense manufacturing, obscene profit making ventures or God forbid energy start-ups like fracking should be visited. You know the one’s that support the middle-class. No Obama heads to that effete book store with the burning French Cinnamon candles where Der Spiegel, The New Yorker and flyers for LGBT Vegan Clubs are prominently displayed. Our ‘Small Business President.’

  8. 48 rounds of golf this year alone?

    Dubya played 24 rounds in eight years.

    So Sir Golfsalot has out-golfed Bush two to one…JUST THIS YEAR.

    And he still has Hawaii later this month.

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