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A Presidential Small Business Saturday

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President Barack Obama looks to his daughter Sasha, as they order at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, in the background at right, orders a treat at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) pays for purchases at Pleasant Pops, as daughters Malia and Sasha enjoy a popsicle, in Washington, November 28, 2015. Today is Small Business Saturday, which was started to encourage shoppers to buy locally and from brick-and-mortar stores, and serves as a counterpoint to the traditionally busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) discusses with his daughters Sasha (R) and Malia before purchasing items at Pleasant Pops in Washington, November 28, 2015. Today is Small Business Saturday, which was started to encourage shoppers to buy locally and from brick-and-mortar stores, and serves as a counterpoint to the traditionally busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, right, orders at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama, joined by his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, right, orders at Pleasant Pops on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama, right, joined by his daughters Malia, second from left, and Sasha, second from right, talk with manager Anna Thorn, left, as they shop at Upshur Street Books on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama joined by his daughters Malia and Sasha, talk with manager Anna Thorn as they shop at Upshur Street Books on Small Business Saturday

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U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (L) depart the Upshur Street Books after visting the store to buy books with their father, in Washington, November 28, 2015. Today is Small Business Saturday, which was started to encourage shoppers to buy locally and from brick-and-mortar stores, and serves as a counterpoint to the traditionally busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

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President Barack Obama, right, joined by his daughters Malia and Sasha, talks with manager Anna Thorn, left, shops at Upshur Street Books on Small Business Saturday in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs Upshur Street Books after purchasing books with daughters Malia and Sasha, in Washington, November 28, 2015. Today is Small Business Saturday, which was started to encourage shoppers to buy locally and from brick-and-mortar stores, and serves as a counterpoint to the traditionally busy shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. REUTERS/Mike Theiler


124 Responses to “A Presidential Small Business Saturday”


  1. 1 desertflower
    November 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Awesome! Sasha looks more animated than usual:)

  2. 2 Nerdy Wonka
    November 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm

  3. November 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Interesting book choices – gorgeous girls! Awesome Dad!

  4. November 28, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Thank yooooooOOOOOooOOOOooooOOOOooooOOOooooou Nerdy!!

  5. 10 Judith Fardig
    November 28, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Belated Happy Thanksgiving all! Love these photos of gorgeous Malia, Sasha, and their dad shopping on small business Saturday. Sasha looks fabulous with her braces off.

  6. November 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Sasha has matured so much in a short amount of time. All her ‘ babyness’ is now gone.

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      November 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      And as wonderful and right as that is, rikyrah, there’s no parent who doesn’t miss their children’s childhood.

    • November 28, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Sasha is a beautiful young girl

    • November 28, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      I realized that the Thanksgiving turkey pardoning pictures was the first time I’d seen Sasha with her hair down. I thought it was the glasses that made her look so different, but it was the hair. It is very attractive.

      • November 28, 2015 at 7:41 pm

        You haven’t seen Sasha with her hair down before this week?!?!? Where have you been, Maryl? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ She’s had her hair down many, many times before…when she was a lil’ tiny girl and then more recently. Check out both election nights (08 & ’12), and both inaugurations (09 and ’13), and at both of the the DNC conventions (’08 and ’12). Most recent time with her hair down in public was the Pope’s visit in September!

        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        • November 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm

          I’ve been down the rabbit hole, where else? I remember her hair down as a little girl, and I guess I didn’t see the pictures with the pope. It’s disgusting how earning a living interferes with my ability to keep current with all things Obama! πŸ˜‰ Every time I’ve seen her in recent years it’s been up in bun and I notice because wearing my hair that way always gave me a headache. I think she looks gorgeous, and somehow her face is more mature than her sister’s. I wonder if she is still the fizzy pop she was when little. I bet she is!

          • 18 hopefruit2
            November 28, 2015 at 8:14 pm

            I confess Maryl – I’m a TOD addict…so severe that not even work keeps me from getting my daily fix… LOL! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

            Anyway, I’m linking the post from the pope’s welcome by our First Family here. πŸ™‚ It has video footage, pics, everything.

            http://theobamadiary.com/2015/09/22/benvenuto-pope-francis/

            Enjoy!!

            • November 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm

              Wow! Thank you so much! I used to be able to be on here more, but it seems like school work gets more consuming every year and this year I just can put it off and let it build up. Maybe over the summer I’ll be able to go back over all the posts I’ve missed!

  7. 20 jackiegrumbacher
    November 28, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Looking at these images of President Obama and his daughters, you see what a real father does. He’s loving, respectful of his children and obviously very proud of him. This is what it means to be manly and strong. Angry white men vilify him and then turn around and abuse their families with their fists or with even more violent acts. They want to be thought of as tough guys, but they’re pathetic weaklings.

  8. November 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Breaking!

    It’s cold in L.A.

    And by cold I mean the high is in the mid-60s.

    Hence, this.

  9. 27 mtmarilyn
    November 28, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Those young ladies have matured so beautifully!!! So proud of this First Family. Having a great holiday weekend in Montana. It is cold, 14 degrees, but a clear sky and the sun is shinning brightly. These are the days I love. Also our University of Montana Grizzlies are playing in the first round of the FCS playoffs here at home against the South Dakota State U. We are ahead 17-0 so far.

    Did my local shopping this morning. Now I am home for the day. Thank you Amk for the great toons.

    • 28 sjterrid
      November 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      I wish your University of Mountain Grizzlies good luck in the FCS playoffs.

      • 29 mtmarilyn
        November 28, 2015 at 5:56 pm

        Thank you, we love our Grizzlies!

      • 30 mtmarilyn
        November 28, 2015 at 6:59 pm

        We won today now on to North Dakota State next week, they are the reigning champions so we have a tough game. I love the way the FCS has their playoffs.

        • 31 sjterrid
          November 28, 2015 at 10:16 pm

          That’s great they won. I wish them luck next week. I should have asked you before, but what does the FCS stand for! Thank you.

          • 32 mtmarilyn
            November 28, 2015 at 11:25 pm

            FCS, is for the division under the big boys. The FBS includes USC, Florida, etc. We, the FCS has always been so much smarter than the big boys, we have a playoff system that includes 24 schools. We, Montnana, have played schools from the south, east coast and the west. We love it. It’s really fun when the schools from the south come to Montana in December and play in the snow. Hope this answers your questions.

  10. 39 CEB
    November 28, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Malia is much better big sister than I was; no way would I have let my younger sisters have some of my treat when they had one of their own.

    I can not get over how Sasha has grown up; almost as tall as Dad now and looking more like her mom each day. Maybe when should now call her by her full name, Natasha.

    So glad PBO has had some time with his girls over the holiday; he often bemoans the fact (see his latest comments in the GQ Man of the Year Issue) that they are so busy and have little time him these days. In some ways, girls need their Dads more than their mothers to help them to have a strong sense of themselves. It alwyas warms my heart so much when I see the three of them together.

  11. November 28, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Chips, I’m guessing that this one of Danny’s puppyhood photoshoots? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  12. November 28, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Just finished watching Field of Dreams…again…crying my eyes out.

  13. 51 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    November 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    THIS WAS MY BOOK DAY TOO TODAY…I BOUGHT ONE ON POPE FRANCIS FOR A FRIEND…THEN I HAD A BARNES AND NOBLE LATTE WHICH SOMEONE ABSCONDED WITH WHEN MY BACK WAS TURNED. WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD SOMEBODY WANT SOMEONE’S USED COFFEE????…2 WEEKS AGO IT WAS CASH OUT OF MY PURSE…$200…GROCERY MONEY. I THINK I’M GOING TO SET MOUSETRAPS AND PLACE THOSE IN MY PURSE!..LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! THIS WORLD IS AN UGLY PLACE…INDEED!

  14. November 28, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    • 59 JER
      November 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    • 63 jacquelineoboomer
      November 28, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      *railed against Obama*

      Not sure if CanadaBarb has shared a recent incident here, which she encountered at the Canadian-U.S. border while traveling to the U.S. (She asked if I would share it for her a couple days ago, and I forgot but finally thought of it – she’s out and about tonight, so I can’t confirm with her.)

      The U.S. border patrol agent she encountered was particularly abrasive and rude to her. He asked where she was going and she mentioned one of the reasons for her travel was that she was picking up a package in Washington State. He asked what was in the package and where it came from … coincidentally, it had come from me, and she said “a friend in the States.” She told him it was a gift. He asked where she knew this friend from … and she said a blog we both were on. He asked what blog. She said The Obama Diary, and that it was for supporters of President Obama. (Barb tells everybody she meets she’s a supporter of President Obama! Love it!) Those questions were all probably suitable to that point.

      Then he told her she’d never catch him on that blog and he’d been “putting up with Obama for seven years” and couldn’t wait for him to be out of the White House. He may have said a bit more, but she was too upset to recall all of it. And then he let her cross.

      Barb told me it took her a couple days to calm down enough to tell me. She was going to call me from her car just after it happened, but was afraid if she kept thinking about it, her blood pressure would go sky high!

      This man is employed by our federal government. Maybe his job isn’t to necessarily cordially welcome all visitors from Canada, but it is his job to represent the freakin’ United States of America – and all Americans who pay his salary. President Obama is his freakin’ boss, and while he wears his uniform and is on duty, he needs to stop making nasty racist and political comments about him. Believe me, if Barb had gotten his name, I would have personally reported him to the agency. Totally appalling. Now, I’m mad as a hornet again!

      • 64 hopefruit2
        November 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm

        Thanks JO’B for sharing this — I’ve been meaning to respond for the longest while, but something always came up at the wrong time!
        So sorry that Barb had to go through this hostile and unnecessary experience at the border. No visitor should have to put up with this. Please give her my regards when you speak to her.
        I would done exactly as you would and reported him to the agency if his name was known. This man was entirely unprofessional and we do not need his sorry arse anywhere NEAR this blog! He can go on redstate, stormfront or one of those bitter, hateful, domestic terrorist-breeding sites. Karma will not be kind to him.

        Meanwhile, we will continue to make this oasis the wonderful space that it is – where we celebrate our duly-elected, two-term President, TODers, and other like minded folks πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        • 65 jacquelineoboomer
          November 29, 2015 at 10:39 pm

          I will share this with Barb, hf. Also, Chips would never let the likes of that guy on this blog, much less near it! Thank God!

        • 66 jacquelineoboomer
          November 30, 2015 at 12:36 am

          HF – Passed the message to Barb. Here’s what she wrote back:

          “Oh Jackie. Thank you so much for posting. And thank hope fruit so much. I’m still seething about that. I have to go across to pick up a parcel tomorrow. Maybe I’ll get that same idiot and if I do, he’s being reported.”

          • 67 hopefruit2
            November 30, 2015 at 7:40 am

            Thanks JO’B for passing on the message to Barb! My thoughts continue to be with her as she crosses the border again. Let’s hope she gets someone a little more professional this time, and won’t have to go thru the hassle of reporting them! πŸ™‚

  15. 69 JER
    November 28, 2015 at 6:25 pm

  16. 70 desertflower
    November 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    All based on a gd lie!

  17. 75 amk for obama
    November 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    buying books for du’s. what a nerd.

  18. 76 globalcitizenlinda
    November 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    NW thanks for the video and great photos of PBO and the beautiful young ladies;

    this is one happy family that treasures each other

  19. 78 Squarepeg
    November 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Upshur street Books is about 4/5 blocks from me. 😦 I’m at the 1300 block of Upshur street in Northwest DC. And I missed him and the girls. So bummed out. 😦

    • 79 mtmarilyn
      November 28, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      So close, yet so far. I understand you being bummed. You still have time to see him. Hope you can.

    • 80 globalcitizenlinda
      November 28, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      very sorry that you missed PBO and the girls;

      from the photos, at least you can see the spot he was standing as he talked to the manager – wouldn’t hurt to go and stand in same spot (you know what they say about the degrees of separation)

  20. 81 globalcitizenlinda
    November 28, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Pope Francis arrived in my country of birth, Uganda, yesterday;

    the people have been ‘running crazy’ with excitement since before his arrival;

    the din reached fever pitch yesterday and today – most seem to have lost their minds;

    ordinary people are:

    cleaning parts of the streets they have previously messed up;

    walking very long distances to come to the various venues in the capital;

    praying out loud in the multiple local languages;

    dancing, singing, crying, screaming;

    planting flowers and banana plants on the roadside (a local tradition to welcome a very important guest)

    lining the streets so many feet deep to get a glimpse;

    breaking through police boundaries, chasing his PopeMobile around;

    even the corrupt politicians are acting all humble and pure & the police forces are refraining from caning people (as they usually do);

    Perspective: 40% of Uganda’s population is catholic but the 30% Anglican Protestants, 20% Muslims and rest traditionalist or agnostics have all joined in staking a claim to the Pontiff;

    late tomorrow Pope travels to the neighboring war-ravaged Congo so he will need extra protection and good wishes;

    • November 28, 2015 at 7:45 pm

      The atmosphere in there must be electric. I hope the Pope with such strong influence and admiration among the people, is able to convey sentiments of tolerance for those who are different – e.g., gays in Uganda.

      • 83 globalcitizenlinda
        November 28, 2015 at 9:23 pm

        I hope so.

        But so far, he has placed a lot of focus on climate, refugees (Uganda host a lot of those from neighboring countries), poverty & the exploitation of the poor, and good governance;

        I have not yet seen anything on LGBTQ rights – although this community that faces death and imprisonment has demanded that the Pope condemns those policies (and asks the clergy to stop pushing this intolerance)

        • 84 hopefruit2
          November 28, 2015 at 9:53 pm

          Well, some issues are certainly more pressing than others. Also, when the basic structures are implemented, and people are not going hungry/thirsty or homeless, societies tend to become more tolerant in general.

    • 85 jacquelineoboomer
      November 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Oh, Linda – As a Catholic, I can’t thank you enough for that perspective about the Pope’s visit! And another similarity he has with President Obama is being welcomed so joyously, wherever he goes, although I worry equally about the two of them when they’re out and about. Good wishes, Pope Francis!

      • 86 globalcitizenlinda
        November 28, 2015 at 11:34 pm

        glad to share the news;

        fellow catholic here who really appreciates Pope Francis’ focus on socio-economic justice, sustainability and peace among peoples;

        we are indeed each other’s keeper – especially the least among us

        • 87 jacquelineoboomer
          November 28, 2015 at 11:38 pm

          Hope the Pope has a nice long life! We need more of his gentle and perfect-for-our-times ways. He definitely is thinking of the least among us, first.

  21. 88 desertflower
    November 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Pay attention world!

  22. 89 globalcitizenlinda
    November 28, 2015 at 9:14 pm

  23. November 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Hope everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving weekend!

    This is the first time I’ve heard Sasha & Malia talk in forever πŸ™‚ Thank you BT’s for all the posts this week (and every week for that matter)….finally had a chance to somewhat catch up over the last couple weeks.

  24. November 28, 2015 at 9:20 pm

  25. 94 susanne
    November 28, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Huffy puffy has an article headlined ‘Colorado Springs a Hub for Conservative Christians’. As if that one line explains and forgives the entire episode.

  26. 95 GGail
    November 28, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I supported small business today – I purchased a birthday cake for my friend Susan’s birthday party from a Cuban bakery/restaurant in my neighborhood. It was delicious πŸ™‚
    We had a wonderful time.
    Jojo has a picture that I think she will post tomorrow.

  27. 97 yardarm756
    November 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

  28. 99 0388jojothecat
    November 28, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Hello TOD family. I will post pictures from our get together to celebrate the birthday of our friend Sue we meet this year through Mtmarilyn.

  29. 100 No Child Left Behind
    November 28, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Late embarrassment.

    Good Evening TODVille.

    • 101 jacquelineoboomer
      November 28, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Trump will just say they are lying losers. And the media will air it.

      I have taught myself not to listen to the sound of Trump’s actual voice, ever again. That’s what the Mute button’s for, and I don’t want it cluttering up my mind. So far, it’s working.

  30. 102 No Child Left Behind
    November 28, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Wow, I really thought he went there to get a Pap smear! https://t.co/TvVnkK9N6D— BWD (@theonlyadult) November 29, 2015

    //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  31. 104 No Child Left Behind
    November 28, 2015 at 10:52 pm

  32. 105 susanne
    November 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    WaPo headline: ‘Alleged Colorado Gunman Was Adrift and Alienated’. Got that?

    • 106 globalcitizenlinda
      November 28, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      his mugshot reminds of the UnaBomber – Ted Kaczynski

    • 108 jacquelineoboomer
      November 28, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      Yeah. More like: “Adrift, Alienated, and Armed.” And a thug and a terrorist. And I believe he was “anti-Obama,” so let’s add racist. And let’s switch “gunman” to “murderer.”

      And let’s not forget he ended up “Alive.”

      I’m surprised they didn’t mention his unhappy childhood or the fact he was bullied in elementary school and his therapist didn’t like him, either.

      • 109 nathkatun7
        November 29, 2015 at 3:14 am

        Excellent comment, J’OB! I am so sick of our media manipulating language to cover-up the terrorism of right wing extremists. I am absolutely certain that “the gunman” who attacked PP health center in Colorado terrorized all the people in that Colorado PP health center. Calling him just ” the gunman,” overlooks/minimizes the terror he inflicted.

    • 112 arapaho415
      November 29, 2015 at 1:20 am

      GA/GE Susanne.

      This has nagged at me for some time (and I know it strikes a nerve with TODville), but this latest premeditated massacre has really hit home at how MSM shields white murderers yet jump at the opportunity to trumpet African American or Muslim criminals.

      Remember the cold-blooded murders of two Las Vegas policemen having lunch at Chi-Chi’s? Probably not, because the MSM has successfully not reported nor reminded its audience.

      • 113 arapaho415
        November 29, 2015 at 1:31 am

        This relates to the fact that GOP are in the same position as they were last year, not wanting to defend their anti-government, racist “base.”

        MSM loves the Planned Parenthood angle so that they can broadcast “abortion clinic” for viewer/reader/listener attention while misrepresenting the truth about the services PP provides (tweet posted on today’s amk opening thread):

  33. 114 bella2758
    November 28, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    What time will POTUS leave for Paris tomorrow>

  34. 116 vcprezofan2
    November 29, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Can’t remember if I missed this or not (amk ‘s post fogged up my brain)

  35. 117 jacquelineoboomer
    November 29, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Not sure if anybody’s still around, but I was over on Twitter getting really affected by the RWNJs and their idiocy and I thought I’d go listen to a song … and this popped in my head … and unless you’re of my generation, you’ll never get why I’m now LMAO and dancin’ up a storm. At least in my head.

    Music is good for the soul! (RWNJs? Not. Thank God we’re not them.) And goodnight, TODville!

    • 118 vcprezofan2
      November 29, 2015 at 1:30 am

      😯 You are becoming/have become a real night creature!!!!! Me, I was heading offline and decided to peAk in one final time.

  36. 119 vcprezofan2
    November 29, 2015 at 1:32 am

    GM, TS, are you settling into your new home space, and that’s why we haven’t seen you lately? Hmmmm

  37. 120 susanne
    November 29, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Anybody awake who can post these photos? Freaking hilarious: ‘ Photoshop masters have been busy putting the heads of rubber ducks onto images featuring Isil fighters. ‘

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/islamic-state/12022424/Islamic-State-4Chan-puts-rubbers-ducks-on-Isil-heads.html

  38. November 29, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Good Morning TOD….

    looking forward to the President on the World Stage today….

  39. November 29, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Good Morning Everyone:)

  40. November 29, 2015 at 7:46 am

    For the dog lovers


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